Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs) are composed of a sandwich of alternating layers of insulating substrate and conducting copper layers. The copper layers are etched to form connecting tracks between components as well as earth/ground or power planes. The simplest PCB has one substrate layer and one ...

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Interactive Diff Pair Length Tuning Altium Designer

I am using Altium Designer and sometimes (very often) when I am using the Interactive Diff Pair Length Tuning even when I click properly on the wire I have this error : As said in the response below ...
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Eagle tstop and tcream layer values unable to change

In my eagle design )I added a package from eagle lib. to my own library. I need to change the default values of tstop and tcream for this package. I was able to change the left-side tstop and tcream ...
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USB 2.0 layout on 2-layer board

I have laid out this board that includes (among other lower speed connections) a 1 upstream and 2 downstream ports on a 0.5mm FR4. The USB differential traces are 0.6mm wide with 0.15mm spacing ...
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Which layer contains the board outline in PADS Layout?

TL:DR If I create or import a board outline on PADS Layout, in which layer(s) is it drawn? Can I make it visible/invisible? On Mentor Graphics PADS, I'm trying to import a board outline from a ...
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Power planes, virtual grounds, and ground loops in mixed signal 4 layer pcb

I'm a hobbyist and really need some help with a project I've been working on. I have a four layer PCB with analogue and digital parts. The ground power plane is split between them but with a join ...
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Cadstar : Define pad only on bottom or top layer

I currently design with cadstar and when I want to check my PCB layout I see my SMD pads defined both on top and bottom layer. I think it is normal because these pads are defined on the both side in ...
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Question about PCB layers [duplicate]

I am designing 4-layered PCB for the first time. Searching web, I learned that normally we place layers in following way TOP | GND | VCC | BOTTOM Will there be problem if i place GND at the bottom? ...
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Ways to determine approximate magnitude of crosstalk between PCB layers

Is there any basic methods to calculate crosstalk between different layers in a multilayer PCB. I am not after anything exact just a way to grasp the magnitude of the issue. The situation I am trying ...
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MSK-12C01 a simple switch

https://wiki.microduino.cc/images/f/f7/MSK-12C01(1P2T).pdf Is this a 3 pins spdt switch? or 2 pins. If it's a 2 pins switch, which 2 are the connected one.
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Altium Power Plane Gerber inverted

Good Day I used internal power planes for the first time (Altium), and I now want to generate fabrication outputs in the form of Gerbers. The gerber below illustrates my internal GND plane, to ...
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Chip antenna, what to do with power and bottom planes

I'm designing a board which uses a chip antenna. According to the datasheet, there should be no copper on all layers under the antenna. There's also should be some ground plane on the top layer with a ...
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Altium: Two adjacent Prepreg layers in stack manager

Is there a way to add two adjacent prepreg layers in the Altium Layer Stack Manager? When you add a layer it adds copper as well, and when you remove the copper it removes the dielectric. I am ...
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Eagle: PCB layers stack-up and impedance

I had a PCB board with 8 layers to be fabricated. I have used an opensource deign modified it a bit and want to get them fabricated. The PCB company asked me to provide layer stack and impedance ...
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How to avoid rookie mistakes while designing a PCB?

I am not sure if its correct place to ask, I am going to ask it anyway. Its more of "Quora" question but since I am not so active there, I thought I would ask it here. So please bare with me :) I am ...
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Eagle and vias - board layout

I will start out by saying that I'm an electronics hobbyist and I'm currently in the process of laying out my first 4 layer board in eagle. Now all of the PCB manufacturers I've looked at either don't ...
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Do I need a via or stitching cap when I transition between physical reference planes of the same potential?

I have the following layer stack up Signal Ground Signal Power Ground Signal Ground Signal Layer 1-2-3 are tightly coupled Layer 4-5 are tightly coupled Layer 6-7-8 are tightly coupled Total ...
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What is the “Eco1.User” layer in KiCad?

In KiCad (Pcbnew), and perhaps other PCB layout programs, there is an Eco1.User layer and also an Eco2.User layer. What does the "Eco" stand for? And what are these drawing layers typically used for, ...
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Need suggection on spliting the power plane in a 4-layer PCB design

I am now dealing with a 4-layer PCB design. One of the internal layer is 3.3V power plane. As my circuit contains the sensitive analog part and the middle-frequency(about 100MHz) digital part, I want ...
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What are these black strips on PCB?

I found a board by dumpster diving. I am almost sure that it is SMPS board. I didn't understand black strips at the bottom of the PCB marked by red rectangles. By the way, it is a single layer board ...
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PCB tracing - Ground plane and Power plane?

Is it generally a bad idea, in simple or moderately heavy circuits, having two layers, to have a power plane in the top and a ground plane on the bottom? The tracing would become much easier, there ...
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Routing power into power plane (4 layer PCB)

In four layer PCB scenario with "standard" layer stack-up (signal, gnd, pwr, signal) how do you get power into the power plane? In my case, there is a voltage regulators sitting on top layer (SMD) and ...
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Altium Designer, Solder mask layer

I designed my first PCB and had it manufactured, but there was no solder mask on the manufactured PCB. Is there a specific setting that i need make in order to enable the solder mask layer? I am using ...
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Four layer PCB, leaks current on edges

I was testing a four-layer PCB and got electric shocks several times when trying to touch the edges of the PCB. The four layers are: top/+15V/ground/bottom layer. It seems that there are several ...
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Is it always possible to reduce the number of layers on a PCB by making the board larger

I see that a 2 layer PCB is really cheap to prototype. A 4 layer PCB is almost 4x more expensive . I have a design that uses DDR3 RAM where I need to match trace lengths. However I also need to keep ...
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How to etch Double sided pcb?

I am trying to etch my circuit on a double sided copper clad at home. After designing my circuit I took a print on tracing paper and used iron to get the trace on copper clad. When I used iron paper ...
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For a 4 layers PCB (with ground plane), covering with ground polygon on Layer 1&4 necessary?

For a single or double layered PCB board, usually I will cover all the empty spaces in the layout with Ground. This is the 1st time I am designing a 4 layer PCB layout. Layer 1: top signal (high ...
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How do I make a through-hole via? [duplicate]

Using a simple PCB with copper on both sides but naturally in between, is it feasible for a hobbyist to make through-hole vias like this: It seems there is copper in the via itself, isn't there? ...
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PCB Ground and Power Plane Design Guidelines

I am converting a design from through hole components to SMT components. The schematic is identical, except the maximum allowable current through an onboard relay will be halved from 20A to 10A. ...
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PCB Stackup - Current return path

It is a well known fact that high speed signal would have return current path on the plane right beneath it's PCB trace. Suppose we have 4 layer stackup, SIG-GND-PWR-SIG with dielectrics ...
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What are “slash sheets”, and how do they relate to PCB substrates?

I am trying to specify the stackup for a PCB. Previously I have used whatever the board house considered to be their "standard" stackup. This time I am looking at using FR-408 (pdf) because of its ...
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Is it proper to use an internal layer as a heat bed if I want to warm my multilayer PCB?

I need to design a circuit to warm my PCB. There are many ways to build up such circuit. But I learned from a post "Warming PCB in a low temperature environment" that maybe I can use traces as heater. ...
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Is it possible to create a double layer PCB by gluing together two single layer PCBs?

I'm really in a hurry with a university project. I need to finish the first prototype of an electronics board by the end of the week. It's a through hole board, no SMD. Having just single sided ...
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PCB design few questions

Quick couple of questions, I am designing my first PCB and want to have a few boards prototyped with OSH Park. For a board I will be manually soldering components to, will I need to include a tCream ...
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PCB stackup for Mixed-Signal IC

I need to design high-density board with MCU, external RAM, GPS, GSM, Bluetooth, CAN, RGB interface on small size(5x10cm) and got into thinking which stackup should I use. Currently I have almost ...
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Assigning mechanical layers in Altium

I've just recently started designing my first PCB using Altium but am confused with the mechanical layers. I have a 4-layer board, and am placing components on both the top and bottom side (Through ...
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Understanding PCB layer stack-up shorthand notation [2:(1(2+345*67)*16):7]

I was given a PCB layer stackup specification like this: [2:(1(2+345*67)*16):7] For an 8 layer blind via setup. Could someone provide a reference to decode this ...
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Altium Connections

In Altium, does a multilayer Pad with the same net as a plane (internal ground plane in this case) automatically connect to that plane, or is a separate via required?
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How does this USB capacitive touch light circuit work? You can touch anywhere and it turns on, not just the electrode

Here are some pics of the circuit board. Now I'm not asking how the circuit works, I understand that. There is a capacitive touch sensor IC where the shiny electrode you see on top connects to the ...
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Connecting to a split plane in Altium

I am using Altium 14.0.9. I have a split plane on my inner layer of a 4 layer PCB. This split plane is connected to the net C6_2. It is basically 2 polygons on my ...
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Return path on a PCB

I've spent the weekend absorbing video lectures from Eric Bogatin and reading his book "Signal and Power Integrity - Simplified" He states that the the return path for the PCB may be any DC plane ...
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PCB Ground Plane

I am designed a PCB in Eagle and I am new to doing this. I have created a ground plane on the bottom layer that covers the whole board but I still have a few traces running through the bottom layer ...
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VCC powerplane layout

On a 4 layer stackup with signals routed on top/bottom; 2nd layer VCC powerplane; 3rd layer GND powerplane. How should the VCC powerplane be layed out? Should it be surrounded with a few mm of GND ...
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Mixed Signal PCB, 2 or 4 Layer?

I'm currently designing a mixed-signal PCB for a client and I've been reading a lot about signal integrity and most of the books recommend a 4 layer board (or more) because of the noise resistance ...
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Eagle tStop pad colliding with other pads

As you can see from the image, the tStop layer is colliding/wildly close with other tStop pad layer. Is that a cause of concern? IC is Linear Technology battery management IC - LTC4155. Package is ...
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PCB Tinning to increase current

How can I design a PCB in order for it to have this kind of PCB Tinning finish? I do know this decreases the resistance of the tracks and increases the amount of current it can handle however Do I ...
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Enabling extra routing layers in Eagle (paid version) PCB design

I started a PCB design in the freeware version of Eagle, now I have the full version, but it won't let me route tracks to the extra route layers (i.e: only top and bottom). Starting a new design in ...
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Can differential USB traces be routed relative to Power (not Ground) planes?

I would like to route my USB 2.0 (12MHz) signal on the bottom layer of a 4-layer PCB. However, the edge-coupled microstrips would then be referenced to the power plane, not the ground plane. The ...
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What is the best way to plate VIAs?

My local hackerspace has a CNC machine. I can give them my Gerbers and they can print out the PCB. The machine does not plate VIAs. I need to do this after the CNC machine is finished. What is the ...
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Gerber - is my understanding of solder mask layer (GTS / GBS) correct?

I've just had a PCB manufactured for me, but it seems like the solder mask is only applied to where the copper is. I'm trying to figure out if it's my fault or not. According to my understanding ...
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EAGLE: Delete internal layers

I'm doing a Layout and I have some problems deleting an internal layer. As you can see in the pictures below I have 4 layers (1, 2, 15, 16). But somehow I also have a layer called Route 3 (3). I get ...