PCD&F Archives

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RF CIRCUITS
The Impact of Final Plated Finishes on Insertion Loss for High-Frequency PCBs

Each final finish has its own concerns related to insertion loss. The impact of loss for an applied finish is generally dependent on frequency, circuit thickness, and circuit design configuration. Here, the author looks at microstrip transmission lines and two different versions of grounded coplanar waveguide.
by John Coonrod

INEMI ROADMAP
The Ongoing Convergence of Gaming Devices

Cost, power, bandwidth and form factor of these mobile devices continue to be driving factors for acceleration of integration of silicon and system capabilities into single package or single die.
by Kartik Ananth

TEARDOWNS
Microsoft Xbox One X Teardown

A custom chip built on the AMD platform powers the popular video game console.
by Mike Buetow

 

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SIGNALS
Is Electrical Current Particle Flow or Wave Phenomenon?

DSome engineers claim electrical current is not the flow of electrons. They are wrong.
by Douglas Brooks, Ph.D.

TEARDOWNS
Acer AH101 Mixed Reality VR Headset

The Acer Windows Mixed Reality virtual reality headset is small and light, with double-sided SMT and lots of flex circuits.
by Mike Buetow

MARKET FOCUS
AR/VR: The New Interfaces of Humans

The AR/VR market will grow in an augmented way, and the reality will not be a virtual one.
by Abhijit Ankalkote

 

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HIGH-SPEED DESIGN
What Can Decision Feedback Equalization (DFE) Do for You?

Decision feedback equalization (DFE) has been around for some time in the SerDes world. Now it’s working its way into the world of DDR, where DDR5 is slated to incorporate DFE in DRAMs. What is DFE, and how does it work?
by Nitin Bhagwath

INEMI ROADMAP
The Diversity of High-End Systems

In this, the first of an occasional series highlighting the 2017 iNEMI Roadmap, the authors look at the primary segments of high-end systems – computing, networking and storage – and discuss the trends in bandwidth demands, power constraints, thermal requirements and environmental situations.
by Dale Becker

TEARDOWNS
IBM HS22V Blade Server Teardown

Going inside the popular high-density, high-performance server line, which features expandable processing and memory options.
by Mike Buetow

 

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