From material selection and understanding laminate datasheets, to impedance planning, glass weave skew and rigid-flex materials, topic expert Bill Hargin has written a unique book on PCB stackups.
According to the author, “The difference between a high-speed PCB design that can be built, and a design that should be built, depends upon the backbone of the design itself: the stackup. The stackup touches every single high-speed signal and yet has had surprisingly little written about it.”
While perhaps not the final word on the subject of stackups, this book is a good place to kick off a broader discussion of stackup planning and material selection in an effort to comprehend what Hargin calls, “the design within the design.”
ISBN: 979-8-9856020-1-2 ISBN POD: 979-8-9856020-2-9
Bill Hargin is the CEO (Chief Everything Officer) at
Z-zero, developer of the PCB stackup design and material selection software Z-planner Enterprise. Bill is an industry pioneer, with more than 25 years working in PCB signal integrity and manufacturing. Author of dozens of articles on signal integrity, stackup design, and material selection, Bill is a regular contributor and columnist for a variety of industry publications, as well as a contributing author for the Printed Circuits Handbook. Bill served as director of marketing for HyperLynx SI software and director of North American marketing for Nan Ya Plastic’s PCB laminate division in Taiwan. More than 10,000 engineers and PCB designers in over 30 countries have taken his workshops on high-speed PCB design. He holds a mechanical engineering degree with an MBA from WSU. Bill currently lives in Washington state and is an avid volunteer, supporting Little League baseball and softball.
Z-zero, LLC, based in Redmond, Washington, offers a comprehensive software solution to close the gap between hardware design teams and their PCB fabricators. Designed to look and feel like a spreadsheet, Z-zero's software enables hardware design teams to automate the stackup design and material selection process within legacy PCB design flows. For more information or to download a free evaluation of the software and stackup-design tutorial, please visit z-zero.com.
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Michael Ingham PCB Design Manager, L3Harris
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Understanding Laminate Datasheets
Cutting Your Losses
Material Qualification and Selection
Glass Weave Skew
The Bottom Line
What Our Readers Are Saying
I’ve been involved in aspects of PCB manufacturing and design for almost 40 years, and even I picked up a few useful nuggets of knowledge from this book.Eric Bogatin
Finally, a book on stackup design for designers that focuses on high-speed applications. This is a much-needed resource for the design community, and there is no one better or more qualified to write it than Bill Hargin.Michael Ingraham
This is an excellent primer on stackup design for people who are doing high-speed PCB design. It connects the dots between signal integrity and manufacturing.Joe Smetana, Principal Engineer, Advanced Technology, Nokia
The most important aspect in the whole design process is getting the stackup correct. This book is one such rare gem which consolidates all the information in one single place!Binayak Shrestha, Senior Research Engineer at C-DOT
From novice board designers to experienced signal integrity engineers, this book has something for everyone involved with PCB stackups. A must-read for anyone having to work with PCB fab shopsBert Simonovich, Consultant & Founder, LAMSIM Enterprises Inc.
Regardless of where you are in your stackup knowledge, I recommend downloading the book and reading it! It will be well worth your time and may just save you future headaches.Skyler Sopp, SI/PI Engineer, Mercury Systems