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Twelve Things that started in 2017 and will finish in the next decade or so

It seems like not but just a year ago, I was already forgetting to write a new year's prediction blog post. If that didn't make much sense, then likely neither did my predictions post from a year ago. I started... Read more

What Is A Brand? Really? - For the Engineer Entrepreneur

According to Webster’s Dictionary, a brand is: “a category of products that are all made by a particular company and all have a particular name.” That’s true, but that definition’s simplicity harkens back to the days of identifying cattle on... Read more

Merry Mosfet!

What is Mosfet day and why should you care? Mosfet day is a holiday, on December 23rd of each year, all about celebrating what we are collectively capable of doing, if we set our differences aside, if we look at... Read more

Five traps to avoid when changing from hand assembly to machine assembly

In the past, it was usually pretty easy to find chips in both surface mount and thru-hole packages. Somewhere in the last decade or so, component manufacturers stopped introducing thru-hole versions of their newest chips as standard practice. In many... Read more

Communicating Up and Sideways - For the Engineer Entrepreneur

A good leader should communicate in the language of his or her subordinates. A good leader should be the one to adjust dialect and language. This is well accepted wisdom. The problem is that “should” is a rather meaningless word.... Read more

Electronics Manufacturing Files - What We Need

Manufacturing is all about taking data from you and delivering some good working circuit boards. Well, it can be just data - as in full turn-key, or data plus some parts and or PC boards, as in a partial turn-key... Read more

Do You Really Need Soldermask and Silkscreen?

We've been asked that question: "Do I Really Need Soldermask and Silkscreen?" many times. And, we've been asked with good reasons. To us, soldermask protects exposed metal, reduce the chance of shorts, and keeps solder where solder needs to be.... Read more

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