PCB Design – The Top 5 Mistakes Made on Printed Circuit Board Layout

Article Technical Rating: 9 out of 10 (very technical)

There are a few mistakes that I see over and over when it comes to hardware design.

More specifically, I see errors with the design of the Printed Circuit Board (PCB) that connects and holds all of the electronic components together.

Okay, lets now look at 5 of the most common PCB mistakes that I see when reviewing other designs.

#1 – Incorrect landing patterns

I’ll start with the mistake that I’ve been known to make myself.  Shocking I know.

All PCB design software tools include libraries of commonly used electronic components. These libraries include both the schematic symbol, as well as the PCB landing pattern. All is good as long as you stick with using the components in these libraries.

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PCB Design – Making Your PCB as Small as Possible

Article Technical Rating: 9 out of 10

When it comes to new hardware products many times smaller is better. This is especially true with wearable tech products and Internet of Things (IoT) products.

One of the keys to a smaller hardware product is of course a smaller Printed Circuit Board (PCB).

A technology for reducing PCB size that shouldn’t be overlooked if small size is critical for your product is the use of blind and buried vias. Their use allows the components on a PCB to be packed much tighter.

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Bluetooth or WiFi – Which is Best for Your New Electronic Hardware Product?

Article Technical Rating: 8 out of 10

There are numerous wireless standards at your disposal when creating a new product. Each choice has its own set of advantages and disadvantages. It really depends on your goal.

In this article we’re going to look at the three most popular short-range wireless standards including: Bluetooth Classic, Bluetooth Low-Energy (BLE), and WiFi Direct.

The Need for Speed

If high speed data transmission is the most critical requirement for your product then most likely WiFi Direct will be the best choice. Everyone has heard of WiFi, but few know of WiFi Direct. Although that is changing.

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How to Develop a Bluetooth Low-Energy (BLE) Product

Article Technical Rating: 7 out of 10 (quite technical)

In this article, which was published by Make: Magazine, I explain how to develop a new product that incorporates Bluetooth Low-Energy (BLE) technology, also called Bluetooth Smart. If you plan to sell a new electronic product that uses BLE then you definitely want to read this article.

Bluetooth Low-Energy is the most simple wireless functionality that you can implement in a new product. It also happens to probably be the lowest cost option for wireless functionality.

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