Screaming Circuits: November 2017

PROTOTYPE AND SMALL VOLUME
PCB ASSEMBLY MADE EASY

Rules-based PCB Layout

Design rules are rules (imagine that) set in your PCB CAD software that will do one or more of two things. A) They set the limits of the capabilities of the PCB fabrication company you'll use to make your blank... Read more

Stage Three Marketing - for the Engineer Entrepreneur

As an engineer entering the land of entrepreneurship, you know (over simplification warning) design can be split into two philosophies: hack & patch, or engineer it. I suspect that all but lazy people would prefer the “engineer it” method over... Read more

Power Distribution - To route, or To Plane

Power distribution, on a PC board, can come in a number of forms. The three most common methods are You can route power and ground. You can use surface layer floods. You can use internal planes. After component positioning, you’ll... Read more

Minimalist Market Segmentation - for the Engineer Entrepreneur

As an engineer entrepreneur, you’ve probably heard the phrase “market segmentation.” If you haven’t, you really should have, and, well... now you have. It is one of the more important components of marketing. Like many others, it can seem intentionally... Read more

Basic Layout - Aligning Components

Not long ago, I designed an Arduino compatible clock board. The board has twelve NeoPixel (digital addressed RGB LEDs) arranged around the board to act as hour hands. The minutes and seconds are represented by an external ring of 60... Read more

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