If you’ve ever prepared a new device for manufacturing, then you’re probably familiar with the different types of bills of materials. Each document has its place in the design and production planning process. If you understand the role of each type of bill of materials, you can take advantage of the information it contains to improve your design process.
It’s time to ditch your BOM Excel template The saying goes in software, “great coders use great code”. The same idea applies to Excel templates. I like to use Excel templates for a number of business tasks. I use invoice templates, finance calculators, and an accounting template.
Mind your manufacturing process during optical transceiver layout and design The story of PCB layout and channel design for optical transceivers is really a story of high speed PCB design; it requires considering all aspects of high speed design, especially at very high data rates. Data rates reaching 400 Gbps on 10 lanes (that’s 40 Gbps per lane!) are possible over long distances with the right PCB layout and routing techniques.
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