Freedom CAD’s Expert PCB Design Tips, Part 1


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When you’re designing complex PCBs, knowledge truly is power. The more PCB design tips, tricks, and techniques you know, the better your cutting-edge designs will be. With that in mind, we’re bringing you a series of PCB design tips, courtesy of Freedom CAD Services.

Design Tip #1
Don’t make high-current traces too thin.

When a PCB trace carries more than the standard multi-hundred milliamps, it must have enough copper weight to handle the increased temperature. Use a trace width calculator to determine the proper value for your board.

Want to know more? Check out the entire library of I-Connect007 micro eBooks. Scott Miller, chief operations officer of Freedom CAD Services, is the author of the eBook The Printed Circuit Designer’s Guide to… Executing Complex PCBs. This book provides a set of guidelines for designing the most complex, high-speed PCBs right the first time, every time. This book is a must-read for anyone designing today's sophisticated printed circuit boards.

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