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Announcing New NAND-Compression BOM consolidation service

Screaming Circuits is proud to announce its newest prototype and low-volume manufacturing related service offering: NAND-compression BOM (bill of materials) consolidation. One of the ongoing frustrations in the electronics design design world relates to the explosive rate of introduction of... Read more

Let's Talk About HAL - And Another Thing

A few days ago, I wrote about HASL PC board surfaces, explaining that it's not an appropriate choice for small parts. Look at the same PCB image as I used yesterday. You might not recognize it because yesterday, it was... Read more

Let's Talk About HAL - For Big Parts Only

The board surface names: HAL and HASL (hot air leveling and hot air surface leveling) refer to the same thing. They are interchangeable terms. With that out of the way, I'll get to my point, which is that HASL is... Read more

Milling Madness

Sometimes, we find things that kind of defy explanation. Fortunately, this didn't come from Sunstone, our normal board house. Regardless of who it came from, I'm sure it was a one-off mistake, but, wow. How could anyone miss this? It... Read more

Top 10 Valentine's Day Movies for Engineers

Here are the top 10 best Valentine's Day movies for engineers, loaded with actual story, in addition to human (mostly human) emotional interaction: Read more

DesignCON 2017, with San Diego PCB

Joining our sister company, San Diego PCB, at DesignCON, in Santa Clara, CA. If you're in the bay area Feb 1st or 2nd, stop by and see us in booth 1155. Show hours are 11:00 to 6:00 on both days,... Read more

The Three O's

Here at Screaming Circuits, having three perfect circles are vitally important. The three circles are 1) Quality 2) Speed and 3) Cost. They must each be a perfect circle in order for our company to function in unison. Read more

Designing for Movement

What is the difference between electronics in a robot vs., say, a stationary temperature monitor and control device? For one, if the temperature controller goes haywire, you can pull it off the wall and stomp on it, while you might... Read more

Surface mount power component footprints

There was a time when the Bison ran free on the plains and power components were easy to design with. Everything, with the exception of an exotic few, used either the TO-220 or TO-3 packages. Even when surface mount came... Read more

Start the Year Right, without PCB placement overlap

Today's illustration isn't a super-bad problem. You can usually make this work - unless you've got to align up with a hole in case. I'm talking about the venerable 3.5 mm audio jack. They aren't used all that often these... Read more