Our newest column shares tips and tricks and lessons learned over 30 years in PCB design.
With today's complex printed circuit board (PCB) designs challenging us at almost every stage of the design process, along with shortened project schedules and shrinking budgets, achieving success is no easy feat. Smaller component packages, faster signal edge rates or rise times, and increased design for manufacturing (DfM) challenges all make it difficult to achieve success and get product to market on time and under budget. The foundation for achieving success is understanding PCB design (the full design process) and mastering the power of today's EDA tools.
Even so, design teams can lose valuable time on unproductive tasks. Designers need a collaborative approach to electronic systems design that keeps them connected through all engineering disciplines and gives them best-in-class solutions to handle complexity across the entire PCB design process.
More specifically, we are experiencing heightened complexity in four key areas.
If you're a PCB designer, an electrical engineer, or someone else involved with printed circuit engineering looking to optimize the tools and processes you use throughout the full PCB design flow, you will want to follow this column series on PCB design best practices.
Why am I sharing PCB design best practices? My objective is to share with you what I've learned over the past 30 years: tips and tricks and lessons learned regarding printed circuit design. I'll do that by breaking down PCB design best practices into five categories, or what I refer to as the five pillars.
These pillars cover the full spectrum of printed circuit engineering and printed circuit board design, and as I cover each of them in this series month to month, you'll gain a better insight into the approaches to PCB design and the roadblocks and resistance to change from existing processes and methodologies – from how a specific task is best accomplished, to when a specific task or tasks should be completed in the PCB design process. I'll also discuss what tasks in the design cycle can and should be optimized and which tasks you shouldn't skip as you look for ways to reduce engineering design time in getting your product to market, along with reducing project costs. My hope is that you get a better insight and understanding of PCB design best practices, along with gaining some unique insights from what we'll share in these five pillars. Understanding, knowing and implementing industry best practices will enable your success.
Full disclosure: I have used several EDA tools at one point or another, with the most success coming from using the Siemens platform of EDA tools throughout my career. I'm naturally biased. The best practices I'll share can be applied to most design tools, but since I'm now at Siemens, most of the illustrations I use will be with those tools.
Follow along to learn PCB design best practices! We have also created a PCB design best practices video series that you can view on our YouTube playlist. •