John Burkhert

Design reviews can easily go off on tangents. Make sure you’re the one sharing your screen.

Every job eventually gets to tape-out day. But before that day comes, a lot of moving parts are wrangled into place. Even the simplest layout will require deliverables for assembly, including custom paste stencil and a bill of materials to associate the correct component for each location on the board. Along the way, a set of physical and electrical properties will be used to gauge line width and length, among other parameters (FIGURE 1). Getting the responsible parties to give guidance on the many assumptions made during layout is the point of the design review.



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