Category: Hardware Design

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Texas Instruments: Beyond The Product Line

Texas Instruments is one of the biggest manufacturers of semiconductors worldwide. They are especially famous for their DSP and Analog components. Away from their product line, the real secret sauce for TI is the level...

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PCB Manufacturing Process

A good PCB design always takes into consideration the DFM (Design for Manufacturing). In order to generate a design that is ready for manufacturing in an easy and cheap way, the design engineer must be familiar...

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SMD Soldering Revisited

In our previous tutorial we showed you how to solder fine pitch SMD components by using only solder flux. Although this method was successful, we felt like the solder joints should be improved for...

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PCB Design Guidelines

PCB layout is a big domain filled with mysteries. Many big companies have SI experts to help with the design process, guiding the PCB layout engineer away from EMI harm. For the rest of us mortal humans,...

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SMD Soldering – The Lazy Engineers Way

If you ask any hacker about his late night nightmares he would tell you about soldering fine pitch components. This is why most hackers still prefer to use bulky through-hole components over their SMD counterparts. Since...

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KiCad

When it comes to PCB design, many people are not familiar with free and open source software. Especially, here in Lebanon where the laws prohibiting  pirated software are still outdated and not very well enforced....