I-Connect007 Editor’s Choice: Five Must-Reads for the Week

December 8, 2023 | Andy Shaughnessy, Design007 Magazine

Every year, companies in the consumer electronics segment look forward to the Christmas season. Some of these companies make almost half of their revenue in November and December. What are the hottest electronics gadgets this year? According to the Consumer Reviews Guide, these are the top sellers in the electronic gadget market this holiday season. Do any of these gadgets strike your fancy, as my grandmother used to say? Check them out.

Your Thermal Designs Are Inefficient

December 7, 2023 | Douglas Brooks, Consultant, and Johannes Adam, ADAM Research

Most designers rely on the trace widths suggested in IPC-2152, the “bible” for calculating high-current trace widths (unless you have read our book). IPC-2152 is the best, most thoroughly researched study of trace currents and temperatures available. But it does have some weaknesses. One weakness is that it (by necessity) studies 6-inch-long traces in isolation. But traces are not all 6 inches long nor in isolation.


Dana on Data: Simplify PCB Documentation

November 29, 2023 | Dana Korf, Dana on Data

November’s issue of Design007 Magazine had an excellent theme that evolved around design simplification. There were exceptionally good articles about how to reduce over-constrained or needlessly complex designs. One significant...

Beyond Design: Just a Matter of Time

November 21, 2023 | Barry Olney, Beyond Design

Electromagnetic energy propagates at about half the speed of light within the dielectric of a multilayer PCB. This speed is inversely proportional to the square root of the dielectric constant (Dk) of the material. The lower the Dk,...

Elementary, Mr. Watson: William of Ockham Meets Printed Circuit Boards

November 16, 2023 | John Watson, Elementary, Mr. Watson

William of Ockham was a significant figure in medieval philosophy who lived from 1285 to 1347 and was an English Franciscan friar, philosopher, and theologian. William of Ockham is most famously known for formulating the principle of...

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