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PCB testing requires high quantities (up to several tens of thousands) of printed circuit boards for in-circuit testing need to be inserted into a manual test fixture then removed after testing is complete.
A system's manufacturability depends on design decisions made early in the project's lifecycle.
IC (integrated circuit) packaging types are varieties of protective cases that insulate semiconductor components from the effects of physical impact and corrosion. There are different types of integrated circuit packages, grouped into different classifications, discussed in this article.
Solder flux has a large impact on final product quality. This article reviews how to use flux during soldering and how to decide on the right technology options for your project.
Vias are copper-lined holes connected to the circuitry of a PCB that allow for the conduction of electrical signals between the different layers of the board. Vias can vary in size, pad shapes, and hole diameters, which is how they are differentiated and typed. They are necessary for the production of multilayer PCBs with high-density interconnect functions. This article explains PCB vias by detailing the components, uses, types, and relevance to board design and fabrication.
Your new PCBA project design needs to pass production validation testing (PVT) to prove it's ready for production. The planning you did for cost, quality assurance, quality control, and scalability now positions your project for success.
At the DVT stage, your design is not yet ready for manufacturing. All certifications, qualifications, and specification requirements get tested now.
PCB layers refer to copper layers on a printed circuit board, laminated between or onto layers of conductive material. The layers are stacked up to provide increased functionality for electronic devices. In this article, the concept of PCB layering, the types of layers, and their benefits are discussed.
The EVT Stage implements the design in its form, fit, and function to better inform stakeholders of your production intent. Don't rush this important milestone.
Open and honest communication is crucial to a successful design. Product and engineering decision-makers need to work in sync.
The rigid, flex and rigid-flex PCBs are all types of printed circuit boards. The rigid PCB is the traditional board and the base from which the other two variations came about, in response to industry and market needs. Flex PCBs introduced versatility to PCB fabrication and rigid-flex combines both for increased performance. Learn more about these board types, their benefits, disadvantages, and applications in this article.
The quick turn PCB is a printed circuit board that is designed, fabricated, and assembled in a notably short period. This short turnaround time ensures that schedules and deadlines are met even for high-volume orders, with the promise of quality products. This article explains the concept of quick turn in PCB manufacturing, discussing the process, benefits, and stages.
The best designs must consider all available opportunities to reduce costs at the outset. We give some common sense guidelines that can make a difference in your bottom line.
The excitement of seeing a new system operate for the first time is deflated when a component releases your arch-nemesis: magic smoke.