Words of Advice: Planning a New Design


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In a recent survey, we asked the following question: What do you think is the most important thing a designer should remember when planning a new PCB design? Here are a few of the answers, edited slightly for clarity.

  1. I don’t have a “single” thing that is the most important, but stackup, constraints, and EMI come to mind.
  2. At an early stage, involve the PCB fabricator, assembly production engineers, and test engineers to get their feedback on the design.
  3. Placement is key to making a design successful.
  4. Look at the complete picture and not just your own “small garden.”
  5. A prototype needs space for hand-soldering.

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