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Writable area on a PCB

I would like to create an area on my PCB where you can write on with a pen. Is this possible, and if so how should I do it?
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'Pick and place' feature in connectors

I am looking to source a four-pin, 1.0 mm pitch, vertical JST connector -- either BM04B-SRSS-TB(LF)(SN) or BM04B-SRSS-TBT(LF)(SN). The latter has an extra 'Pick and Place' feature in Digikey. I can'...
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How do I start calculating a MEMS productions costs

I have a MEMS design and I've understood that producing a prototype in a fab will cost around 500K Euro. I am trying to estimate the cost of making 1 wafer in production but I'm not sure what to look ...
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Reed Switch Failure Modes

I've been playing with these through hole reed switches: MDSR-4-12-23. It has been my experience so far that you have to be very careful in handling them, including when bending the leads to 90 degree ...
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Designing for Low Cost China Manufacturing [closed]

I have designed a few boards on a consulting basis. Some of them have been manufactured in China in +10k unit volumes. One of the complains I have gotten from my clients is my boards can be a bit ...
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What is this small unconnected solder blob on this PCB?

There's a small solder blob in the middle of this one-sided PCB (a switch-mode power supply), surrounded by unmasked board. The blob is 1.5mm in diameter, and the non-masked area is 4mm in diameter. ...
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Usefull 0402 and 0603 solderbridge footprints compatible with machine manufacturing?

I am currently in process of my eagle library cleanup, and came up with the idea to create a footprint similar to the one from nucleo boards. Those pads are meant to be easily bridged by just solder ...
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Do any commercial products use dead bug construction? [closed]

I'm talking about connecting electronic components without using a PCB. Soldering such an assembly is pretty fast if you have a jig holding the components in place. (The examples below are laid out ...
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Makeshift SMT Station. Any suggestions? [closed]

I am trying to do some surface mount soldering for my project and have hit a few snags. My hot air gun works perfectly fine for most of the PCBs I am making but one type in particular is problematic....
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Do Soft Termination Caps Really Increase Reliability?

I'm managing several designs. At one point I identified a few failures that were caused by 0603 caps failing short. After that I switched to all soft-term caps to hopefully eliminate the problem. ...
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How to deal with unused components in pick-and-place file?

I intend to send a board to a PCB manufacturer and I am wondering how to mark unused components in the pick and place file. I'm using EAGLE and I saw that it includes all components in the file, but I ...
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In Altium Why My Square slot is shown round in Gerber?

In Altium I have created a square slot in PCB then I create the gerber files. In CAM, file's square slot is shown as round shape. Can anyone explain why? Also I have enabled the G85 command.
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Manufacturing of Translucent LED Indicating Symbols (e.g. router indicator lights) [closed]

I've been researching how manufacturers create custom LED-illuminated symbols such as those seen on the router in the image below: I haven't been able to find any information online from custom ...
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LEDs no longer bang - or whimper!

I volunteer at a club to teach Arduino programming to teens. As part of that, of course, I talk about voltage, current and what not to do. My prime example is taking an LED, putting it directly across ...
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logic level conversions for opto-isolators in digital input acquisition

This isn't my usual job, I'm not an EE, but I want to give it shot... This question concerns developing an interface board to connect a device (DUT) to a test system in a manufacturing scenario. ...
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Fast but affordable way to crimp dupont connectors

I'm currently doing a small production run of a board I designed. It features a few pin header type dupont connectors which are used to attach cables to the board. Now, I can surely crimp this using ...
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How are glass diodes produced?

What I am trying to understand is how the diode is placed inside of the encapsulating glass container such as that pictured in the following: I've tried to read some patents, where I more or less ...
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Still 1000 hours of lifetime [closed]

I am familiar with the famous Phoebus cartel of the companies Osram, Philips and GE, but this cartel began its operation in 1924 and lasted at most to the World War II. In the second half of the 20th ...
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Tape and Reel: Paper versus embossed tape

Especially for passives (such as MLCCs), I see manufacturers provide two types of tape options: paper or embossed. I see typically that embossed is a little bit more expensive. Looking at the two ...
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electronic manufacturing supplier, qutoation process

Do CMs (contract manufactures) run a full CAM (computer aided manufacturing) inspection on gerbers (or is it a 'light' CAM)? I would also like to a crude equation for estimating assembly cost (or a ...
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Does Apple or Qualcomm do product binning for their SoCs?

It's well known that Intel does product binning with their CPUs — essentially selling the same chip as multiple different chips with different specs and prices based on the tested properties of the ...
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Why are accelerometers (and other MEMS devices) so rarely integrated into components?

With the way things are headed, more and more functionality moves into a single chip each year. However, one thing that seems to remain completely untouched by this is MEMS devices like accelerometers ...
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Any script for detecting PCB size or the trace width/spacing

everytime I place an order on PCB manufacturers (such as PCBWay), I need to fill out the related parameters of my boards - the width, the length, the trace , holes and etc. Has anyone tried to work ...
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JL (or maybe something else) misterious branded IC's [closed]

Take a look at this example of an IC found on a circuit board: Brand is found on many PCB's of Chinese/India manufacturers of different kind of devices, mostly consumer based. For example, there are ...
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Will PCB assemblers solder wires to the board?

When preparing a medium run prototype, are there any manufacturers out there who will solder wires to you if you ask? For example, I have a device with 6 sensor pins. I'm hoping that a manufacturer, ...
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Mass Production: Espressif prodution programming, serial and tests

I am hitting the production phase of my project very soon and the production programming part is still blurry. I am using the ESP32 Wroom-32 module, and it seems like no professional module has yet ...
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CE certification

One of the required CE test technical files is "Test Reports". This document has to be provided to the test agency. Does anyone know what data should be included in this document? Here are the ...
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How Do They Make Surface Mount Capacitors and Resistors?

With the ever decreasing size of surface mount resistors and capacitors, how do they make such small components?
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Creating an Assembly Drawing for Fabrication Houses

I have a design for a PCB that I have been thinking about producing. One thing that I have found is that I need is something called an assembly drawing. So far, all I have been able to come up with is ...
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How much does it cost to prototype an analog IC?

There are many paper I see on IEEE website that claims they build their custom designed circuit on a CMOS process. Examples are 5.9GHz ring oscillator and 32-Gb/s serial link equalizer. I know that ...
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STM32F103xxxx VFQFPN 36 pin package thermal pad, isolated or tied to ground?

Currently designing a PCB based on the STM32F103. The package is a VFQFPN 36 pin package, which also has a large thermal pad. The datasheet for this part does not appear to indicate a pin number or ...
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Mounting components on both sides of a PCB

I'm designing a PCB with a microcontroller ,CAN transceiver, sensor (I2C) and linear regulator. I want to make the PCB as small as possible, so my thoughts were to use both sides of a two layer stack ...
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Mass producing my electronics/raspberry-pi idea - What are the steps? [closed]

Could somebody tell me what the rough steps would look like? I think I have a good idea. I have put things into practice, and it's working and so on, but it's very ugly. I guess, first I would have ...
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Newbie on SMD. From THM to SMD PCB design and manufacturing [closed]

I have made a prototype of a device using THM technology. Now one of my successful friends has suggested me to move the design to SMD technology to reduce component and PCB manufacturing costs. I have ...
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12-bit vs 16-bit DAC

When a vendor like Analog Devices offers a DAC family with nearly identical parts like the AD5671/AD5721 are both devices the same die but rated into different accuracy classes like CPUs? Is the 12-...
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What components have a MSL of 5 and 6?

Moisture Sensitivity Level (MSL) relates to the packaging and handling precautions for some semiconductors. Components with an MSL of 1 have an unlimited floor life, whereas components with an MSL of ...
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Can I assume counterfeit components?

I recently received a run of 10 PCBs from a manufacturer in China, and am worried they have begun to cut corners and source counterfeit parts. Here is why: I had them do full turnkey production (PCB ...
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Exporting fabrication files (gerber) in Altium leads to wrong connections

I'm going to print my first PCB wich is a small controller, nothing complicated. I know that I need to output GERBER or GERBER-X2 files. I prefer GERBERX2 because it comes with the board outline for ...
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Shared support chips and tooling between 16 and 32-bit computers

Can a production line for a 16-bit computer save significantly on unit cost by sharing support chips and tooling with another 16-bit computer, to a greater extent than if it went 32-bit? To be ...
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Using Beaglebone Black to prototype commercial product

I am designing a system and it's safe to say I am a little out of my depth. The requirements of the project are as follows; drive 7" WVGA touch screen and generate graphics 4-20mA input 3 x 4-20mA ...
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Where can I find ultrasound machine regulations?

Diagnostic ultrasound machines are limited in their output power so that the sound waves don't cavity the microbubbles in the body. What I want to know is how do manufacturers prove their power ...
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Choosing a PCB Manufacturer/Assembler for the first time [closed]

I've just finished designing my first PCB, and I'm about to send out a batch of emails for quotes from manufacturing/assembly shops. My design is super simple: the only components are 7 identical SMD ...
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Leaded wave soldering temperature on “lead free PCB”

I've a question regarding what temperature is recommended on a leaded wave soldering machine? Background of question The case is that I've the option to use a leaded (when customer allows) or a lead-...
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Why put unpopulated components on a BOM?

I've ran into quite a few engineers from unrelated backgrounds that put unpopulated components on the BOM. Some will do a section clearly labelled DNP at the bottom, others will leave them dispersed ...
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Production programming: is there a practical size limit to serialization length? [closed]

This is a follow on question from the answers of these two: Is it practical for firmware to be uniquely identified in production How to verify hardware is legitimate I would like to be able to ...
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Many small via vs few bigger via

While I was designing a board I thought, if we want to make a better path for the current what is the best choise? Small vias and big in numbers or fewer but with bigger hole?
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Is it practical for firmware to be uniquely identified in production

Are there systems available in large scale manufacturing that allow a unique serial number to be programmed into the firmware or some free memory space for each PCB that comes through? I've found ...
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Term for a guarantee a manufacture makes that a product will be produced for a number of years?

Sometimes manufactures of electrical components guarantees that a product will be produced for a number of years so you can rely on getting new components for future production runs. What is the term ...
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When did they start making SMD2835 and others

i'm trying to build the chart of LED efficacy and power change over the past couple of years. does anybody know when did they start making 2835, 3528, 3014, 5630? google gives me 2015ish for 2835, ...
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Programming flash in manufacturing environment using Codewarrior TAP

I would like to use the Codewarrior TAP to program flash on boards in a manufacturing environment. My target is a P4080 CPU w/Flash memory. I am currently using an Abatron BDI-3000 for this, but ...