Speaking of Art in the Process

I really like this picture. It's nothing particularly special. Just a BGA-type attachment point of load (POL) power module in the middle of a big PCB, but the contrasting colors, the angle, the range of focus, the component positioning...  It just looks cool to me.

PTH05060 on boardI know the function is supposed to be the most important thing, but I've always felt that there is a lot of art in PCB design. It's been said that an airplane that looks good will fly good and I think there's something in that phrase for electronics too.

No. I'm not advocating putting the visual appeal ahead of clock rise times, trace impedance and current capacity. It is first and foremost, an electronic device with an important function to deliver. But, I think a visually attractive, while still superbly functional, product makes a statement about the designer's overall attention to detail.

Duane Benson
Or, it might just be making a statement about how tight the development schedule is...

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*swoon*

this post made me add this blog to my RSS. One of the factors (among others) that made me upgrade my EDA software was trace shapes. And >99% of my mixed signal designs are 20mhz or less so we know its not 'relevant' but bravo for the shout out to aesthetics!

Do you know where to get those pins to attach two boards like that?
I mean do they sell just the pin for example on digikey and give it a name, or is it just wire.
Can't see if they are pins with a lip to lift board to a set height.

In my oppinion, a good looking PCB needs to be finished off with smooth, uniform solder joints, and clear (or better yet - cleaned) flux residue. That's the icing on the cake...

I agree, and it's unfortunate that a lot of engineer's don't put enough attention on the aesthetic side of hardware development. Maybe it's just my mildly OCD nature (though I think that's a prerequisite in engineering to be honest), but if I'm going to spend the time doing something, I like to do it well ... which means paying attention to the little details like proper labels, PCB footprints that aren't just an empty square outline, etc.

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