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The Basics of Printed Circuit Boards: A Comprehensive Guide

Written by Angie Brown
Posted on February 7, 2024 at 8:41 AM

From powering everyday gadgets like smartphones and laptops to complex systems in medical devices and aerospace technology, printed circuit boards (PCBs) are fundamental to modern electronics. They are essentially the heart and soul of all the electronic gadgets and devices that we use in our daily lives. For those in the industry or even casual tech enthusiasts, understanding the basic principles of printed circuit boards is invaluable.

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Flexible Heaters: Revolutionizing Refrigeration Efficiency

Written by Epec Engineered Technologies
Posted on February 1, 2024 at 9:11 AM

In today's modern world, energy efficiency has become a top priority for many industries. One area where significant strides have been made is in refrigeration technology. Flexible heaters have emerged as an innovative solution that has revolutionized refrigeration efficiency.

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A Comparative Analysis of Rogers and Taconic PCB Laminate Materials

Written by Ed McMahon
Posted on January 24, 2024 at 9:07 AM

Printed circuit board (PCB) laminates play a crucial role in the performance and reliability of electronic devices. Among the popular choices in the industry are Rogers and Taconic laminates.

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Choosing the Correct Battery Fuel Gauge for Your Project Needs

Written by Justin Bickford
Posted on January 16, 2024 at 8:41 AM

Battery fuel gauges are an essential component in today's world of mobile and portable devices. A battery fuel gauge acts as a battery pack's brain for efficient power management in electronic devices by providing accurate real-time data on the battery's state of charge (SoC) and state of health (SoH).

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Special Features in PCB Design: What They Mean for Manufacturing Costs

Written by Angie Brown
Posted on January 11, 2024 at 8:48 AM

In the world of printed circuit board (PCB) manufacturing, the devil is in the details. Even subtle design features like plated edges, castellated holes, and advanced milling techniques have far-reaching implications in terms of cost and production time.

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PCB Wrap Plating: Critical Process In Circuit Board Manufacturing

Written by Ed McMahon
Posted on January 3, 2024 at 9:01 AM

Wrap plating is a technique used in the manufacturing of printed circuit boards (PCBs) to create a conductive layer that connects the layers of the PCB together. The process involves plating copper onto the walls of through-holes and vias in the PCB, which are then used to make electrical connections between the layers.

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Flex & Rigid-Flex PCBs: Mastering Controlled Impedance and Signals

Written by Zachary Walker
Posted on December 28, 2023 at 9:13 AM

In the realm of high-speed electronic design, controlled impedance is an absolute requirement for flex and rigid-flex printed circuit board (PCB) configurations. This blog post delves into the intricacies of achieving controlled impedance in these designs, examining the factors that influence it, the different configurations available, and their impact on PCB thickness and flexibility.

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Polyimide Flexible Heaters: Durable High-Temperature Performance

Written by Epec Engineered Technologies
Posted on December 20, 2023 at 9:09 AM

A polyimide/Kapton® heater is a type of flexible heater made using a thin and lightweight polyimide film called Kapton® that was created by the DuPont company. It is a high-performance material that is resistant to high temperatures, chemicals, and radiation, making it ideal for use in heating applications where other materials would fail.

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IPC 6013 Specification for Flexible PCBs - Things to Know

Written by Zachary Walker
Posted on December 14, 2023 at 8:21 AM

The most important, most critical, and among the most helpful of all documents for building and designing flex and rigid-flex circuits is IPC-6013.

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Top 5 Reasons for Using Stiffeners on Flexible PCBs

Written by Zachary Walker
Posted on December 5, 2023 at 9:12 AM

A stiffener is defined as a piece of material adhered to a flexible printed circuit board that rigidizes one zone of the board. While a stiffener holds no electrical value to a PCB, it does maintain a crucial part of most flexible PCBs in the market by hardening that portion of the board.

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