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TEM Mode Bandwidth Cutoff in Grounded Coplanar Waveguides

By ZM Peterson • May 30, 2024

Currently, standard transmission line geometries operate as quasi-TEM waveguides. At some point, this may no longer be the case.

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Flex PCB Controlled Impedance With Lukas Henkel: OnTrack Bites

By ZM Peterson • May 26, 2024

Lukas Henkel and Zachariah Peterson discuss the difficulties in determining trace impedance on high-speed flex PCB interconnects.

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The Impact of Copper Roughness on Signal Integrity in PCBs

By ZM Peterson • May 22, 2024

Discover how copper roughness affects signal integrity in PCBs, influencing factors like skin effect losses and dielectric constant.

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How Your Transmission Line Functions as a Low-Pass Filter

By ZM Peterson • May 14, 2024

Transmission lines in a PCB exhibit low-pass filter behavior due to transmission line losses and load capacitance.

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What to Expect in the PCB Prototyping Process

By A Mughees • May 7, 2024

Learn about the PCB prototyping process and how a PCB design services company can guide you to success.

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Ferrite Beads in a PCB PDN with Heidi Barnes: OnTrack Bites

By ZM Peterson • May 4, 2024

Heidi Barnes and Zachariah Peterson discuss the inappropriate usage of ferrite beads in a PDN in high-speed PCB design.

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Guide to No-Clean Flux in PCB Assembly

By A Mughees • Apr 26, 2024

Learn about no-clean fluxes and the possible reliability problems they pose in PCB assembly and soldering processes.

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Do High-Speed PCB Transmission Lines Need Stitching Vias?

By ZM Peterson • Apr 22, 2024

Digital transmission lines in a high-speed PCB do not require stitching vias, but they do have important uses.

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UHDI PCB Assembly and SMD Tombstoning: OnTrack Bites

By ZM Peterson • Apr 3, 2024

Chrys Shea and Zachariah Peterson discuss SMD tombstoning and evaluation in UHDI PCB assembly.

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List of 4-Layer PCB Stackups and Their Applications

By ZM Peterson • Mar 24, 2024

We match common 4-layer PCB stackups with application areas and product types.

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Off-the-Shelf Connectors or Pogo Pins? What's Best For Your Design

By A Mughees • Feb 3, 2024

Sometimes, it pays to use pogo pins instead of a ruggedized connector.

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Three Paths to PCB Manufacturing: CM, Turnkey, and Self-Managed

By A Mughees • Jan 25, 2024

Learn about contract manufacturers, turnkey services, and self-managed production in low volume PCB manufacturing.

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PCB Cost Reduction in Volume Manufacturing: OnTrack Bites

By ZM Peterson • Jan 17, 2024

Greg Papandrew and Zachariah Peterson discuss PCB cost reduction opportunities in volume PCB manufacturing and assembly.

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Are Uplink Ports Still Needed in PCBs for Ethernet Switches?

By ZM Peterson • Dec 6, 2023

Ethernet switch PCBs often include an uplink port. Here's why it may still be useful in your design.

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ITAR/EAR Compliance in PCB Supply Chain Management

By ZM Peterson • Nov 20, 2023

ITAR/EAR compliance is an important aspect of logistics for electronic components used in defense and aerospace electronics.

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Implementing Physical Layer Security in Military Embedded Systems

By ZM Peterson • Nov 1, 2023

Explore best practices in PCB design and enclosure strategies for enhancing physical layer security in military embedded systems.

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Navigating the Electronics Supply Chain in a Post-Pandemic World

By ZM Peterson • Jul 15, 2023

Unpacking the electronics industry's lessons from COVID-19: supply chain shifts, tech innovations, and the push for sustainability.

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Why Electronics Manufacturing is Moving to Mexico

By ZM Peterson • Jun 4, 2023

Explore the reasons behind the shift of electronics manufacturing from China to Mexico and its implications for the electronics supply chain.

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Magnetics Component Selection and Their Noise Properties

By ZM Peterson • Jan 29, 2023

We’ll look at practical methods to reduce noise coupling in power electronics through smart magnetics component selection.

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Dynamic Scheduling in PCB Manufacturing

By ZM Peterson • Jan 10, 2023

Competitive PCB manufacturers should use dynamic scheduling to provide multiple production offerings to their customers.

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PCB Design File Formats Overview

By A Mughees • Nov 26, 2022

View our tutorial on PCB design file formats and how they are used in fab/assembly.

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Flexible Printed Electronics Create New Design Opportunities

By A Mughees • Nov 15, 2022

Flexible printed electronics can leverage unique materials and processes to fabricate unique devices.

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Which Designs Need Rogers PCB Materials?

By ZM Peterson • Oct 22, 2022

Learn about Rogers PCBs and whether you need these materials in your layer stack.

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PCB Design for FPGA SoMs and Carrier Boards

By ZM Peterson • Sep 16, 2022

Learn about the design challenges and processes in PCB design for an FPGA SoM and its carrier board.



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