PCB is the acronym to Printed Circuit Board. A PCB is a carrier for the circuit's components and their electrical connections.

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Connect USB to microprocessor lacking a output port?

Sorry I'm sure this is a very simple answer but I know very little about how it works beyond serial ports and USB adapters for interacting with PCB circuits. I've taken apart an old junk flip ...
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How to deal with devices connected via a connectors in schematics?

I have a few sensors (potoresistor, temp sensor...) that connect to the board indirectly. The PCB will have a connector such as the molex 4pin fan connector that will in turn connect to the ...
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Is electronics an expensive hobby? [on hold]

I recently just finished my Eagle schematic for a simple robot that moves and plan to order the parts and the PCB soon. Unfortunately with the soldering iron, helping hands, lights, solder, parts, and ...
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What is the use of the golden like coat on this circuit?

The below PCB belongs to a wireless access point. Could anyone explain what are the golden-like part of the circuit that is indicated by the red circles(ish)? What material is it? What is the the ...
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Ideas for troubleshooting a noise generator on a PCB

I am building an electronic "dice" that uses an ATTiny84 to sample avalanche noise from a 2N2222 in reverse-bias and generate random numbers, which are then displayed on 2 7-segment displays. When I ...
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Altium Leaves Board Border Outline on Assembly Notes Layer

No matter what, Altium leaves a border of the board on my cover page when I try to generate an assembly document. I only have two layers: Assembly cover notes and Assembly notes tops. Neither of which ...
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What does EMSE mean?

I'm currently trying to use EAGLE software and I'm trying to import a part called 'LT3022' which is a voltage regulator from Linear Technology. I've found a CAD library of LT products from element14 ...
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Custom Eagle Part has isolation built-in?

I've just created the footprint for a QFN-56 8mmX8mm to be used with the TLC5958. It seems like there is some sort of isolation built in to the center pad and I cannot figure it out. In the image ...
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What are the contact pads near the ATmega32 chip on the Arduino Yun?

What are/What use have these pads near the ATmega chip? I thought they are used for testing or something else, they seems to expose the ATmega traces directly. Maybe they can be useful to connect ...
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What's this 't' unit on a PCB?

I recently came across a symbol like this on a PCB: (forgive the use of Paint) The component was marked as being 0.1 (symbol). You can just make it out in the centre of this photo: It's a ...
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Vias - drill sizes and pad sizes

Basically, I'm wondering if the size of a via pad and drill has any effect on my circuits. For example, let's look at two vias: One via has a smaller drill and more copper around the edges, while ...
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What are some tips to routing a one sided PCB?

I'm having trouble routing this PCB in Eagle 7.1: I have tried the following: Autorouting - it could not complete Moving components around Manually routing - I always ended up getting stuck ...
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Need some help learning to make my own parts in Eagle

I am extremely new to using Eagle (or creating circuits in general). I've been searching around online for tutorials on making your own parts in eagle. However, I still have a few questions and I was ...
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RJ11 socket in Eagle libraries?

I am trying to add RJ11 (telephone wire) sockets to my PCB on Eagle but am having trouble finding it in the libraries. Is this a standard socket that is included or do I need to install some external ...
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Lead solder toxicity after cooling?

Now I am sure that most people have read discussions on the possible hazards of handling solder and how your supposed to wash your hands after handling it. My question is, after soldering something, ...
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Books on PCB design [duplicate]

Anybody knows a good book on pcb design? I need to learn some theoretical concepts for designing pcb for usb/ethernet application.
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What is the purpose of star pcb?

I'm fairly new to electronics, and I was recently looking at some LEDs listed for sale online. Some LEDs were mounted on "star pcb": From the picture, it looks like there are 6 connections. I'm ...
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Problems with hole.lbr Eagle

I am simply trying to make two holes in a Eagle schematic using holes.lbr to connect two wires to. It appears as though I cannot connect it to any part, I have tried using the net, wire and junction ...
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Powering an ATmega328 chip

I am trying to make a printed circuit board for a robot. I would like to make this look as neat as possible, and I would like to have the peripherals like the sensors and other stuff, and the ...
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Printing with Gerbview - Respect Track width

I am printing some circuits to a sheet with Gerbview and KiCad. However, the physically printed out tracks are the same width no matter what they are set to or displayed as in PCBnew. Since I am ...
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Multiple Layers per Page Printed on Altium Designer

I use Altium Designer for PCB design. Usually, before ordering prototypes with a better finish, I make my own boards at home, as many do. I'm playing with the Press-n-Peel sheets for the tonner ...
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Choosing a footprint in KiCad?

So, let's say I'm composing a schematic for a circuit I'm designing in KiCad, and... done. I now have to to choose a footprint for my components. How does one ...
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Female-female connector, but what is it called?

Question What is the "official" name for this type of connector? (the large black box in the image) More info... I need the connection to connect two PCBs together as one was missing from a system ...
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How do I solder “cable shoes” onto a circuit board?

I've got a timer (http://m.ebay.co.uk/itm/221094671882) with male cable shoe connectors (see image). I've connected the timer with other devices using wires w/female cable shoe connectors. Cable ...
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When is it theoretically possible to fit PCB circuit on x Layers (emphasis: x =1)

When is it theoretically possible to fit a given circuit on a certain number of layers? (Presumably PCB layers.) What is/are the name of the mathematics/algorithms that might determine this, or ...
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Grounding the chassis with capacitor

My question involves chassis grounding to earth ground. My PCB circuit is a simple signal generator using a microcontroller. It has a separate 'ground' from earth ground, supplied by a floating 5VDC ...
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Creating printed circuit boards (PCBs) which aren't flat

I would like to create a printed circuit board (PCB) which is not flat and which is not shaped into a square, but don't know how to proceed. Can Cadsoft Eagle create such a board? If so, how? What ...
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Good method to remove tenting on vias after assembly for debugging?

This is a question about modifying an assembled board to make it easier to debug. In a perfect world, I would have left the bottoms of these vias un-tented. Whoops. I have two BGA parts on a PCB, ...
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STM32F102 USB Programming

I am currently designing a board for a STM32F102 chip which needs to be able to use the USB bus to transfer data while the chip is running. However I also want to be able to program the chip through ...
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Making PCB with DVD Writer

Maybe sharing this idea after building a prototype would be much better. As many of you know, there is a technique to make a PCB with laser CNC. You spray a matte black paint onto PCB, and burn that ...
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What are .C1 and .C2 Gerber files in Altium 14?

I am currently working on a project and I'm about to get the Gerber files checked by FreeDFM.com. My question is, in my Gerber files, there are a couple that have the extension .C1 and .C2. In ...
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Why is all my photoresist stripping?

I got presensitized positive boards from Injecterall, but I'm using Datak chemicals (positive developer and etchant). I used Datak boards before and the process was very smooth. This time, after ...
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Schematic and PCB Review [migrated]

Apologies if this is the incorrect place, I read the forum rules and I do want to ask a specific question; however, I wanted to make sure this was the right place to ask it first... My questions is ...
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How do you cover up exposed high voltage pcb traces?

This is my PCB: The thick lines should be able to pass a high voltage (230VAC) signal through it. The board will be kept inside a enclosed box. In my case, the signal on the board is only one ...
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Exporting from Altium to CST PCB Studio

Based on CST website, they claim that CST PCB Studio can import Altium files. But when I open Import on CST , it gives me just these options : I tried to Export Altium to HyperLynx and Import it ...
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Solder sticks to PCB (not just the pads!)

I'm having a severe problem with solder adhering to the FR4 PCB material. I made my boards (myself, my first time) using positive developer and etchant on a pre-sensitized board. I washed the etchant ...
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Usart puzzle giving strange output on tx pins

I have tried working out usart peripheral of pic18f26j50 and it found out to be working very well. This one is for a pic18f26j50 in bread board with observing TX pin while transmitting in a loop. ...
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Unusual Lemo PCB sockets (male PCB contacts, 2-pin 5B, etc)

I am trying to construct a comprehensive Kicad library of Lemo connectors. While working through the "normal" datasheet (unipole_multipole.pdf), I found several combinations appear to be missing. For ...
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High EMI PCB track under transistor or diode package

Can a high EMI PCB track under a transistor or diode package (in this case TO247AC) be a problem? To get a better understanding: Is there any advantage on putting these tracks on the other side ...
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Low-cost Up-Down Servo solution

I have a small project and I'm interested "upgrading" to a more produce-efficient design. Please note I'm no electrical engineer. I want to move a small servo (like this one ...
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PCB design: the setting of the test point and the use of variable resistor

I am designing a PCB circuit and meeting two problems: My design includes a two-stage MFB band pass filter. To make sure the center frequency of the filters is the same, I need to add a variable ...
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Washing PCB for picoamp circuitry

I am possibly getting a problem with variation in performance between batches of boards that contain one area which is very current sensitive (to sub nanoamp). Could it be due to manufacturing residue ...
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GerbV (Gerber Viewer): How to do PNG export of only area within board outline?

Gerbv (open-source Gerber viewer) has the neat ability to export a customizable rendition of a given layer-stackup, to an output PNG. Here is the manual (Ctrl+F for "export"): ...
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Is it possible to toner transfer and hand solder MSOP's?

The chip is 3mm by 3mm (10 lead) My printers max DPI is 1200dpi If etching isn't possible, are the MSOP breakout boards on eBay an option? The breakout boards dimension says 1.25mm between the ...
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Troubleshooting/debugging PCB

This may be an off topic question, but I'm sure many of you have the knowledge and experience to help out here. A quite complicated motherboard was flexed. The resulting symptoms include cross-talk ...
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Trace aligment in a double sided PCB

Are there any layout requirements/special considerations when routing traces on top and bottom layers of a double sided PCB, e.g. angle between traces, can traces pass beneath an IC, etc? I know that ...
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50MHz SPI PCB routing, use vias or resistors?

I am trying to route the SPI between MCU and ADC. However, the pin orders between MCU and ADC are not matched, there are crossings. A four-layer board is used.(signal - ground - power - signal) I ...
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How should Ground vias be placed?

I am using vias to filter the input power. The following to pictures show two ways of placing vias. I think both of them are inappropriate since the vias are not "fully" connected with ground through ...
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PCB to schematic

Is there a software package out there that will allow you to layout a board and "populate" it and then render a schematic from that board? I have a few power supplies to fix and no documentation on ...
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Different power sources for pcb

I have a project with arduino. Most devices are powered by the arduinos 3.3V source. But a gsm modem with 5V input and high current consumption cannot be connected with the arduino, because the ...