PRINTED circuits, PRINTED circuit design, ELECTRONICS, PROTOTYPES, and ELECTRIC power distribution
The article outlines 11 printed circuit board (PCB) layout myths as important part of electronics. Topics include views about end of hard work after completing an electrical schematic, similarity of PCB production and prototyping layouts and the lesser importance of power distribution. Also cited are the applicability of standard design-rule-check (DRC) settings for all designs, use of space in grouping similar parts and money and time savings in layout auto-routing after placing components.
ELECTRONIC circuit design, PRINTED circuits industry, LOGIC design, PRINTED circuits, ELECTRIC circuits, ENGINEERS, INTEGRATED library systems (Computer systems), COMPUTER systems, and COMPUTER simulation
The article discusses the key elements that will help ensure successful design in printed-circuit boards (PCBs). PCBs are regarded as the central nervous system for most electronics assemblies. The first element is the concept stage involving the collaboration of the circuit designers with PCB designers on technology evaluation. Next, it is emphasized that circuit design teams must clearly communicate with PCB design teams mainly for the design intent. The design-creation stage is considered, where it involves engineers who will move into final component selections and creation of their libraries. Discussions on the use of simulation tools, limitations of simulation, and the step to lay out the circuit for physical prototyping are provided.
PRINTED circuits, COMPUTER software, ELECTRONIC circuits, PROTOTYPES, COMPUTER-aided engineering, COMPUTER-aided design, COMPUTER simulation, SYSTEMS design, GRAPHICAL user interfaces, and ARCHITECTURE & technology
The article discusses several guidelines in designing pc-boards (PCB) and creating a PCB layout-package footprints suitable for prototyping. These guidelines enable designers to quickly generate the needed PCB apertures including top copper footprints, solder-mask-stop apertures, as well as solder-paste-stencil apertures and to help carry prototype designs for laboratory testing. Engineers are able to automate the trial-and-error process of routing traces through the latest Computer-aided design software which offers intuitive graphical user interfaces and supports importing component and wiring information from associated schematic-drawing programs.
Focuses on printed circuit board (pc-board) design changes, and the benefits of these changes. Discussion on the move from Unix toward Windows NT technologies; Comments from Rick Almeida, vice president of marketing at PADS Software; How the migration to NT will benefit pc-board designers; Information on virtual prototyping tools. INSETS: New printed-circuit-board challenges;What you need to know.
Focuses on LPKF Laser & Electronics' ProtoMat H100, a mechanical circuit-board plotter. Features of the circuit-board plotter; Improvements in the drive control; Applications; Comparison between ProtoMat and other existing mechanical PC-board prototyping equipment.