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PCB Design Considerations

PCB Design Considerations

I would like to start a living document of sorts to include the collective wisdom of the forum on PCB design considerations - things to look for and watch out for when doing a PCB layout.

General Guide
PCB thickness
Copper layer thickness
Ground Planes
-Short article discussing ground plane design basics.
Vias
-Basics of Tenting/Plugging Vias
-Via Spacing
Thermal Vias
Alignment of components
Terminal Connections
-Tin Plating and Resistivity
Traces
-Trace Width Calculator
-High Current Carrying alternatives to traces: PCB Bus Bars
Solder Mask
Layout Software
-Eagle
-Short Guide on Eagle


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