Design

  • How to Implement DDR4

    DDR4 succeeded DDR3 as the next generation of synchronous DRAM (SDRAM) software. DDR4 offers several improvements over its predecessor, including faster download speed, higher DIMM capacities, enhanced data integrity and power efficiency, and overall improved performance. Compared with DDR3, the DDR4 PCB design consists of several physical changes. First, DDR4 has 288 pins as opposed […]

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    Four Technical Issues to Avoid in PCB Design

    When the necessary precautions are ignored, printed circuit board hardware design and manufacturing processes are prone to fail. Design oversights such as inaccurate measurements and insufficient clearances can lead to printed circuit board (PCB) problems that impact final product performance. Catastrophic failures may result from over-etching and errors in drilling, as well as quality concerns […]

  • Why You Should Outsource Your PCB Hardware Design

    Printed circuit boards (PCBs) are an integral part nearly every electronic device you see or use today. Though some may be small in size, they can be highly complex in design and packed with power.  Creating your PCB design in-house allows for greater control over the project, but it comes with several drawbacks, particularly if […]

  • Why Use High Density Interconnect?

    One of the fastest growing technologies in printed circuit board (PCB) design is high density interconnect (HDI). HDI boards allow for higher circuitry density than traditional circuit boards due to a more concentrated arrangement of smaller components, creating more concise pathways. Blind and/or buried vias are commonly used to optimize space in HDI boards, and […]

  • Altium’s Judy Warner Discusses the Challenges of EDA Tool Licensing with Freedom CAD’s Scott Miller & Scott McCurdy

    EDA Tool Licensing can vary greatly between different tools, some offer subscription licenses while others offer perpetual (or both).  There can be many challenges when trying to juggle demand across multiple tools, Altium’s Judy Warner interviews Freedom CAD’s COO, Scott Miller, and Director of Sales and Marketing, Scott McCurdy, about how FCS acquires and uses […]

  • Freedom CAD Presenting at Cadence’s CDN Live Silicon Valley 2017

    Freedom CAD Service’s Bryan LaPointe CID, will be presenting on “Designing High-Speed Signals with Cadence Allegro Design Suite” at CDNLive Silicon Valley 2016. This year’s event will be held on April 11 – 12 at the Santa Clara Convention Center – Santa Clara, CA Session Description: High-speed signaling comes with certain challenges. By today’s standards it is […]

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    Freedom CAD Presenting at Cadence’s CDN Live Boston 2016

    Freedom CAD Service’s Bryan LaPointe CID, will be presenting a paper on “Designing High Speed Signals with the Cadence Allegro” at CDNLive Boston 2016. This year’s event will be held on August 31, 2016 at the Boston Marriott Burlington, One Burlington Mall Road, Burlington, MA. Bryan’s presentation will focus on the PCB design challenges of […]

  • Freedom CAD’s Bryan LaPointe presents at CDNLive Boston 2015

    PCB Designer, Bryan LaPointe presented “Designing More Efficiently: Layout from a New Perspective” at Cadence’s CDNLive Boston held September 2nd at the Boston Marriott Burlington. His presentation demonstrated various techniques he has developed to design more efficiently in Cadence Allegro. A video of the presentation is available above if you weren’t able to be there […]

  • Don’t Be Held Hostage by Design Cycle Time

    As board speeds and densities continue to increase, it’s becoming more difficult for PCB designers to shorten their design cycles and meet time-to-market demands.  This month, PCBDesign007 is featuring an article by Freedom CAD’s Scott Miller on how to reduce design cycle time.  Below is a snippet, click here to read the full article in […]