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Recent news, announcements and blog posts from Freedom CAD

  • 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 […]

  • Through Hole vs Surface Mount: Which Should You Use?

    Nearly every modern electronic device contains at least one printed circuit board (PCB)—a piece of material, such as plastic or resin board, onto which is printed or deposited tracks of conductive soldering material to connect various electronic components such as resistors, integrated circuits, capacitors, transformers, and so on. After all the components have been attached […]

  • SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT – IPC Designers Council “Lunch ‘n Learn” event on 6/28 in Irvine, CA

    Date:         Thursday June 28th, 2018 Time:        11:30 am – 1:30 pm Where:      Harvard Athletic Park multi-purpose room – Irvine 1st Topic: Addressing the challenges of multi board design – Taking the “big picture” approach to system design. Speaker: Chris Carlson, CID, Senior Field Applications Engineer at Altium Topic: As technology becomes more complex and […]