Category: Design

The Importance of Expert Power Integrity Analysis in Modern PCB Design

Power Integrity

Power Integrity (PI) is a critical aspect of PCB design, ensuring that all components on a board receive the correct amount of power at stable voltage levels. This concept, while straightforward, becomes increasingly complex with the trend towards miniaturization and enhanced functionality in electronic devices. Proper PI analysis will ensure that every transistor, IC, and… Read More »

Ultra HDI – Benefits, Design Considerations, and Implementation

Ultra HDI

In the world of electronics and printed circuit boards (PCBs), innovation is relentless. As electronic devices and components continue to shrink in size while packing more functionality, the demand for compact and efficient interconnect solutions has never been higher. This is where Ultra HDI, or Ultra High-Density Interconnect (UHDI), comes into play. UHDI refers to… Read More »

Why ODB++ Should Replace Gerber Outputs on Your Next Project

ODB++ vs. Gerber Outputs

ODB++ (Open DataBase++) is a proprietary, structured, hierarchical data format used in the Printed Circuit Board (PCB) industry for exchanging design and manufacturing data between different software tools and systems. It was developed by Valor Computerized Systems Ltd. and is now maintained by Mentor Graphics, a Siemens Business. The format is supported by leading tools… Read More »

The Top 5 Reasons to Outsource Your PCB Design & Engineering Needs

Outsourcing electronic product design to a specialized services company is a strategic decision that can bring numerous benefits to your next engineering project. This is especially beneficial when working with a company that is positioned to act as an extension of your own engineering team. By partnering with a company like FREEDOMCAD, you can leverage… Read More »

From Footprints to Fabrication

So I’ve got a great idea for a new product, I run to my computer to start researching components, drawing up the schematic, and sketching out the mechanical outline. I’ve got the circuits mapped; a rough component placement & the fab drawing created. I’m ready to get this gem into layout so I start to… Read More »

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… Read More »

Four Technical Issues to Avoid in PCB Design

Dark Blue PCB

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… Read More »

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… Read More »

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… Read More »