DipTrace export settings for Dirty PCB

As a follow up to the PCB layout design with DipTrace post, KF5OBS blogged about on  how to set-up DipTrace to export a PCB layout correctly for Dirty PCB: Dirty PCB offers – as the name implies – dirt cheap PCB manufacturing. The trick is a very low profile and a straight-forward system that needs minimum […]

PCB layout design with DipTrace – An overview

KF5OBS writes: DipTrace is a sophisticated schematic and PCB layout software. I had it installed on my computer for over a year but have never really used it. Since I needed a super simple PCB for some 78XX / 79XX type linear regulators, I decided to use this opportunity for my first steps with DipTrace. […]

Why right angle bends on a PCB are not so bad

We’ve heard it numerous times: avoid using right angle bends in PCB routing. Here’s an article from EDN magazine explaining why it’s not as bad as most people think. The article explains that the “bad” effects like increased capacitance and circuit noise only start to be a pain for designers where signal speeds are above […]

App note: PCB layout for analog to digital converters

NXP provides some PCB layout design guidelines for the ADC modules in their LPC1100 and LPC1300 microcontrollers. These ADC modules, like many microcontrollers, use the power supply voltage as a reference so special care has to be taken to eliminate noise: The microcontrollers in the LPC1100 and LPC1300 families are all equipped with a single […]

App note: Layout and physical design guidelines for capacitive sensing

We think DIY capacitive touch sensing buttons, and sliders are cool. Designing and shaping your capacitive panels can be a pain. Here is an app note by Microchip that covers all the basics required to get your capacitive touch sensing project started. This app note starts with which pad shape and size is best suited […]