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Overview of PCB Design

Guide to a Successful PC Board Design - (a work in progress)...
Author: Bill Brooks
Copyright 2000-2007

(by the way... if there are any of you PCB Wizards out there. (you know who you are) that would like to collaborate on this...e-mail me - bill.brooks@pcbwizards.com)

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Begin at the Beginning

         History of Printed Circuit Design

         Applications

         Electronics and 'Breadboarding'

         Components

         Schematics

         Electro-Mechanical Drafting

         Document Control and Revisions

Types of Printed Circuits

         Digital Circuits

         Analog Circuits

         Power Supply Circuits

         RF / Microwave Circuits

         High Speed / High Density

         Mixed Signal

         Flex Circuits / Rigid-Flex Circuits

         High Temp Circuits / Low Temp Circuits

         High Reliability Circuits

         Low Cost / High Volume Circuits

         High Cost / Low Volume Circuits

         3D Molded Circuits

         Future technologies

Design Parameters

         Pre-layout Design Reviews

         Customer Specifications, Marketing Requirements and Cost Targets

         Electrical Specifications

         Mechanical Specifications

         Environmental Specifications

         Design for Manufacturing (DFM)

         Design For Test (DFT)

         Maintenance and Serviceability Requirements

Layout Principles

         Schematic Generation

         Netlist

         BOM

         PCB Design 

         Mechanical Design Constraints

         IPC Board Classification - A,B,C

         IPC Board Type Classification Type 1 - 6

Components and Assemblies

         "Through Hole" Technology

         Surface mount technology

         Soldering - what makes a good solder joint?

         Land or Pad Geometries (footprints)

         How to read a component spec sheet

         Mounting problems - examples

         The human factor  - (What do you mean you can't reach the pad to solder it?)

         Re-work

         The tools of the trade

         imbedded caps, resistors, inductors...

         Hardware and screws

         torque

         grounding

         connectors

         re-flow vs Wave soldering

         surface finishes

         soldermask and components


Board Characteristics

         Flatness, bow and twist

         characteristic impedance

         etch factor

         rolled copper

         plated through holes

         layer stack up

         tolerances

         routing, punching, scoring, drilling

         conformal coating

         Silk Screen Legends

         soldermask

         current and heat

         crazing, measling, blisters, de-lamination, de-smear, mis-registration, etc.

         materials

Documentation

         Schematics

         The Layout

         Hand Taped Artwork

         The Fabrication Drawing (Drill Drawing)

         Standard Notes

         layer stack up detail

         scoring detail

         material

         finish

         Gerber Photoplotting

         NC Drilling

         Route, punch, cracker, scoring panels

         Assembly Drawings

         Standard Assembly practice

         hand place parts

         pick and place data

         tape and real

         auto insertion

         Cable drawings

         Wire Diagrams

         Mechanical Assembly

         Bill of Materials

         Test Documentation

Manufacturing process
 
 
 


 

 

 

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