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Sometimes your feelings toward your manufacturer may resemble your feelings towards any ex-girlfriends. Especially when they tell you that your boards have a <50% yield. At that point, you may feel like replying with some choice words. Talking is still the answer, just not that kind. Having a discussion with your manufacturer on the front end will reduce manufacturing defects and fabrication costs.
As time goes on, power requirements for connected devices keep increasing. More power means larger batteries, which force PCB designers to use more efficient layouts. Apple’s iPhone 7 and GoPro’s Hero5 give us specific examples of how industry leaders are dealing with increasing battery size in their PCB layouts.
Choosing a compiler for automotive applications can be difficult. Choosing the wrong compiler can lead to a lot of pain and frustration. It could also lead to your product not working or not being able to meet safety certification. Sounds dire? It needn’t be so.
Have you ever tried renovating your house on your own? In my opinion, the only thing worse than doing your own renovations is writing your own libraries for advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) applications. Our team once had to write our own libraries. It took up an enormous amount of time on the front end. Later, when we had problems, we had to take more time to fix them ourselves. A third party library solution, optimized for a specific target hardware architecture, will save your team time, remove the burden of support, and ensure top performance.
Getting an FCC certification is an important (and legally required) step for IoT systems and other products that transmit and receive data. Choosing the right lab makes a huge difference in the ease of your certification process.
Lithium Ion batteries provide high performance and fast recharging, making them ideal for electric vehicles. However, their cost has always been a barrier to adoption in the world of electric vehicles. Tesla has sidestepped this issue by adopting a highly scalable modular approach. Every battery package they construct is made out of hundreds of one single standard cell. Tesla is taking their battery production in-house, constructing the Gigafactory to build this one battery unit in high volumes. Through this simplified approach, they’ve been able to not only bring better battery technology to electric vehicles but have also vertically integrated their manufacturing.