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In the demanding world of electric vehicles, PCB’s must provide power conditioning, voltage conversion, and battery management in addition to their usual roles in the automotive context. Unfortunately, these same PCB’s must cope with stringent thermal requirements without heat sinks or fans. PCB designers, however, have found a lasting solution. Board substrate materials with high thermal performance allow PCB’s to avoid or minimize their use of heat sinks, heat spreaders, and other conventional strategies. Two popular choices, Ceramic and PTFE, have become the go-to choices for EV PCB designers.
It’s no surprise that you hate waiting for prototypes. In the time it takes for the test board to arrive you could probably invent a new method for fabricating prototypes. Lucky for you, someone already came up with a new method. New 3D printers use nanoparticle technology to suspend metals in ink (I don’t know how this works, so don’t ask) in order to print conductive layers. Just like a normal 3D printer, they can also print layers of plastic or other materials to form a substrate. 3D printing can streamline the design process, build functional prototypes, and optimize designs. All for less money.
Counterfeit electronics are components that are fakes or relabelled as a higher quality product and sold to unwitting customers. They can wreak havoc with your designs, security, budget, and schedule. Read on to learn how to product yourself and your products.
When it comes to PCB design, one very important aspect of the overall process is proper data management and documentation. While the immediate consequences may not be as apparent, mismanagement of your data can have both a direct and indirect effect on your project and design. Proper implementation of data management and documentation ensures the organization, traceability, accountability and reproducibility of your design data. Read on to learn more.
For the longest time, the humdrum thermostat was ignored by startups and hardware designers. Contemporary examples were lacking in features: read the thermometer, set the temperature. Nest, founded in 2011, set out to create a disruptive thermostat that turned this concept on its head. By taking advantage of cheaper, higher performing PCB technology that can fit into smaller spaces, Nest was able to introduce a “smart” thermostat, one that can anticipate your heating and cooling choices. However, only through efficient design and application of new PCB technologies Nest was able to create a successful entrant in the “smart home” space. Read on to find out they did it.
As engineers, one of our worst nightmares is doing the same pointless thing over and over again. Adopting a modular design philosophy for Internet of Things PCBs will save you from that monotony. Optimize your design process and save time, money, and sanity, by reusing your PCB designs. Read on to find out more!