Screaming Circuits: December 2007

PROTOTYPE AND SMALL VOLUME
PCB ASSEMBLY MADE EASY

5 Basic Steps to a Successful PCB Layout - Part 4

This is the fourth of five parts from guest blogger, Stilwell Baker, covering successful PCB layout. Last week they covered layer count. Know your PCB Fabricator: Every PCB fabricator has their preferred design guideline Be sure the fabricator that you... Read more

Random PCB Assembly Questions

We have a lot of information on our website. Hopefully it's mostly all useful by somebody, but even if it is, there's still a lot to wade through just to find the two or three factoids you are looking for.... Read more

Soldermask, Tombstoning and Solder balls

This is an update to a prior post about solder mask and tombstoning. In that post I wrote about how having your solder mask too thick up in the pad or poorly registered can cause tombstoning with 0201 and 0402... Read more

5 Basic Steps to a Successful PCB Layout - Part 3

This is the third of five parts from guest blogger, Stilwell Baker, covering successful PCB layout. Last week they covered parts libraries. Be careful with layer count: Additional layers can speed routing, but if your end product will need fewer... Read more

A Couple of Interestingly Tiny Parts

Yeah, I'm kind of a broken record on this subject. But, you have to expect that given where I work and that I believe in what I do, I'm going to be such a broken record. I ran across these... Read more

Top-Ten Reasons to Ship Us Your PCBs in December

Yes, Christmas is near, as is New Years. Some companies shut down for the holiday week. Some don't. Some rush to spend remaining budget dollars before the end of the year, while some don't. Regardless, there are quite a number... Read more

5 Basic Steps to a Successful PCB Layout - Part 2

This is the second of five parts from guest blogger, Stilwell Baker, covering successful PCB layout. Last week they covered parts libraries. Mechanical constraints matter: Trace density, layer count, and physical size all matter, but the parts still need to... Read more

Christmas and New Years shutdown Schedule

We will be closed on December 24th and 25th for Christmas and again on January 1st for New Years. This means that those days won't be counted toward your turn times. For example, if you have asked for a 48... Read more

Ghetto Panelization

Recently, we processed a job that was what I refer to as "ghetto panelized." Basically, rather than having the PCB fab shop create a panelization for you, ghetto panelization refers to creating your own large panel and separating all the... Read more

5 Basic Steps to a Successful PCB Layout - Part 1

Stilwell Baker is our favorite PCB design company in the Northwest. They provide PCB layout, Library Management, DfX engineering and Component engineering. With 20 or more designers and many years in the business, they have a wealth of experience. Joe... Read more

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