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    Things to know for a HW board design engineer

    Hi all,

    As a beginner in HW board design, I would like to know what all the concepts/subjects that can help me excel in my field.
    Even it is a basic thing, do tell me.

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    Re: Things to know for a HW board design engineer

    Start reading up about EMI, cross-talk and induction (Faraday's law & Lenz's law) in general. Then download one of the capabilities manuals from one of the PCB manufacturers, read through it, and ask them what the specs mean if you are not sure.
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    Re: Things to know for a HW board design engineer

    Grounding is a key topic in mixed digital/analog board design. The EDN has some interesting article on this: http://www.edn.com/design/analog/439...f-current-flow .
    For fast driver circuits there are layout rules in this application as well: http://www.ichaus.biz/wp4_fastlaserdriver .

    Enjoy your design work!


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    Re: Things to know for a HW board design engineer

    Thank you and very kind of you both :)
    Would love to know more and do suggest me some articles or books related



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    Re: Things to know for a HW board design engineer

    Here is another good document on PCB layout: http://www.analog.com/library/analog...c%20issues.pdf .

    Enjoy your design work!


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    Re: Things to know for a HW board design engineer

    Please go through Book called
    High Speed Digital Design: A Handbook of Black Magic by Howard Johnson (Author), Martin Graham (Author)


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    Re: Things to know for a HW board design engineer

    Since everyone has given good suggestions about layout, i would say that depending on your design domain :

    For Digital

    Now-a-days digital boards among which FPGA, microcontrollers, Arm Processor based boards will be the application interests, designing with microcontrollers would be relatively easy but whereas for designing with FPGAs would entail some effort, some concepts are of critical interest like Configuration, Interfaces, Power, Banks etc., and for these i would suggest you to go to Xilinx website and look into user guides of any FPGA family and also look into the schematics of the evaluation platforms that they provide (you can download them).
    You can also look at Beagleboard schematics they are open source with really nice user guide which describes each and every circuit on board.

    For Analog -- I don't know what to suggest, all i know is keep it away from digital section of your board for grounding reasons.

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    Power Distribution Network design is the most critical aspect of any board if this aspect is not efficiently addressed then don't expect the rest of the board to function, learn to do some power budget calculations of your board by looking into the datasheets of all your ICs and calculating their worst case maximum current needs etc.

    I Hope this helps.
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    Re: Things to know for a HW board design engineer

    Thank you so much all!!
    But I expected something to be from the very basics so that my basement gets stronger!



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    Re: Things to know for a HW board design engineer

    I had a recent discussion on 2 Layer board design, may be that will help because it covers many basic concepts and would definitely give you in detail the understanding that you require to design 2 layer boards. below is the link to that discussion.

    http://www.edaboard.com/thread266271.html
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