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  1. SBS

    SBS Guest

    I am looking for a book which I can learn from
    some good PCB design rules. I am looking for a
    professional and exaustive pubblication.


  2. JeffM

    JeffM Guest

  3. Ian Bell

    Ian Bell Guest

  4. SBS

    SBS Guest

    JeffM () ha scritto:

    ::: I am looking for a book which I can learn from
    ::: some good PCB design rules.

    :: 25-page PDF (385kB)

    Thank you, I'll definetely read this tutorial :)

    Is there anything else which I can learn from, please?
  5. Chuck Harris

    Chuck Harris Guest

    The real reason to add a chamfer to a T junction is faulty etching processes
    tend to over etch sharp corners. They also tend to leave etchant in sharp
    corners, and that will ruin a fine line board at some future time.

  6. Mr. Wizard

    Mr. Wizard Guest

    If you can get a copy of the IPC 2221 standard for printed circuits
    that will give you a good start on PCB layout.
  7. Andy C

    Andy C Guest

  8. Chuck,
    Not an issue with modern etchants and cleaning systems. Not like 15 - 20
    years ago, right angle corners are not considered acid traps these days.

    Brad Velander
  9. SBS,
    There are many good books, some/most at a fairly advanced level. There
    are others that may be okay for just a beginner but usually leave you
    wanting more by the time you are finished the basics they discuss.

    There is also the industry magazine Printed Circuit Design and
    Manufacturing, see link. You can subscribe for a mailed copy if you qualify
    but most designers receive the magazine via email announcements of each new
    release in PDF format through their website. I don't believe they are as
    restrictive with electronic subscriptions because their costs are much

    Books that are considered must owns by most PCB Designers:

    Right the First Time: a Practical Handbook on High Speed PCB and System
    Design, by Lee W. Ritchey, John Zasio, and Kella J. Knack (Paperback - Jun
    2003) Also check out , Lee has many technical papers on
    his web site.

    Coomb's Printed Circuits handbook, by Clyde F. Coombs (Hardcover - Aug 27,
    2001) (The PCB Designer's Bible)

    Signal integrity Issues and Printed Circuit Board Design, by Douglas Brooks
    (Hardcover - Jun 24, 2003) Also check out, Douglas has many
    technical papers on his web site.

    High-Speed Digital Design (A Handbook of Black Magic), Howard W. Johnson and
    Martin Graham Prentice Hall, 1993; ISBN 0-13-395724-1

    High-Speed Signal Propagation (Advanced Black magic), Howard W. Johnson and
    Martin Graham Prentice Hall, 2003; ISBN 0-13-084408-X

    Don't overlook PCB manufacturing issues as well. If you don't understand
    the manufacture of PCBs, then you are sure to cause yourself and the
    fabricator endless headaches. As you become more familiar with the process
    you will then understand the fabricators process limitations and how they
    will effect your designs.

    Fabricating Printed Circuit Boards (Demystifying Technology), by Jon
    Varteresian (Paperback - Jun 15, 2002)

    Can't attest for this book, it is probably good as at least a primer.
    Almost nobody has a book that is the latest and greatest on fabrication, it
    changes too quickly and is fabricator dependant. Even IPC technical papers
    are usually not bleeding edge by the time they are published. Once you have
    the basics down pat, you can read individual fabricators capabilities guides
    and understand where they are.
  10. Chuck Harris

    Chuck Harris Guest

    Sure, I agree, but what if you are using Olimex in Bulgaria as your supplier?

    Everything I get from them, reminds me greatly of what used to be standard
    practice when I worked at a PCB manufacturer 35 years ago.

    (eg, flaky solder mask, 10 mil minimum trace, variable hole plating thickness...)

  11. SBS

    SBS Guest

    Brad Velander () ha scritto:

    :: There are many good books, some/most at a fairly
    :: advanced level.

    They seems very interesting, thank you very much!
  12. Yeah,
    That sounds familiar alright! Been there seen that also. 8^>
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