Designing a complex circuit board today can be a daunting task. Never before have PCB designers on the cutting edge faced more formidable challenges, both electrical and mechanical.
This book, written by Freedom CAD COO Scott Miller, provides a set of guidelines for designing the most complex, high-speed circuit boards. He and his veteran PCB design team share real-world examples that can help designers sharpen their game, from the planning stages and schematic capture through documentation and successful data handoff.
Readers will learn how to design complex boards correctly the first time, on time. This book is a must-read for anyone designing high-speed, sophisticated printed circuit boards.
Scott has spent over 40 years in the electronics industry. His early career focused on the interconnect field of high-performance connectors and printed circuit boards. Scott joined Freedom CAD Services in 2004 after a 20-year career with Teradyne Connection Systems (now Amphenol TCS) in sales and marketing.
Drawing on his experiences from the high-speed connector and PCB industries, Scott has helped Freedom CAD to develop its services beyond printed circuit board layout to include electrical, mechanical, and signal and power integrity engineering services as well as prototype PCB fulfillment.
Since being founded in 2003 by leaders of some of the industry’s most influential and well-regarded printed circuit board design and engineering firms, Freedom CAD Services has grown to become one of the largest independent printed circuit design service bureaus in North America.
Voted one of the top three companies to work for in New Hampshire, Freedom CAD specializes in the engineering and design of high-performance PCBs for the telecommunications, computer, medical, military/aerospace, industrial, storage, automotive, and consumer markets. Headquartered in Nashua, New Hampshire, the company has satellite design centers in California, Pennsylvania, Florida, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Maine, Virginia, North and South Carolina, and Texas.
Freedom CAD designers are well versed in complex, rules-driven, highly constrained, high-speed, analog, power supply, military, medical, and RF design technology, to name a few, utilizing all the well-supported and high-end software suites.
Freedom CAD is ISO 9001:2015 certified as well as ITAR registered with the Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) and NIST 800-171 compliant for handling Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI).
Stephen V. Chavez CID/CID+, IPC Designers Council
Stephen V. Chavez, CID/CID+, is a member of the IPC Designers Council Executive Board and a lead electrical designer at a large, globally recognized aerospace company. He is an IPC CID+ certified designer and has been involved with the PCB design industry, both domestically and internationally, for [...]
John R. Watson CID, Legrand North America
John R. Watson, CID, has worked in the PCB design field for nearly 20 years. In that time, he has held almost every position available. As the senior PCB engineer, John leads a team of 50+ designers in multiple divisions spanning the world in the Building Control Division of Legrand North America. [...]
Plan It Before You Design It
More Planning the Layout
The Design Kickoff
Design Rules, Simulations, and Analyses
Quality Assurance and Manufacturability
What Our Readers Are Saying
The author shows great insight into the many details and collaboration required for creating complex PCBs as well as the most important aspect of a successful design team, in my opinion—communication.Stephen V. Chavez, IPC Designers Council
At a time when electronics are not just taking small steps but rather large leaps forward, this is an appropriate book for anyone working with PCB design. With countless and ever-changing steps involved in every design, it presents a clear understanding of the process. This book will be the go-to reference for all of our designers at Legrand North America.John R. Watson, Legrand North America
This is a great resource for those who wish to gain a better understanding of all that it takes to design a complex PCB/CCA in today’s ever-evolving industry. For a designer, challenges always include layout solvability, electrical integrity, and manufacturability. The goal is making revision one work. I refer to this as ‘The Designer’s Triangle’.Stephen V. Chavez, IPC Designers Council