PCB design flow

Build an effective PCB design flow - 36 video series

Ever wondered how an engineering team establishes an effective PCB design flow? This new series showcases how electronic systems design teams build a digital thread of collaboration. Explore 36 short videos, narrated by expert designers. Follow the process from product innovation to delivery.

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ELECTRONIC SYSTEMS DESIGN

PCB design definition and early optimization

In chapter 1, the engineering team embarks into the early stages of the PCB layout. The team begins with managed block creation, schematic capture, and early signal integrity optimization. You’ll see how they use constraint definition to inform the schematic design and check schematic verification.

Overview: Design Definition & Early Optimization

PCB design definition and early optimization

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Overview: Design Definition & Early Optimization

(1 min, 53 secs)

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Schematic Capture Start

(3 mins, 49 secs)

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Reuse Block Creation

(5 mins, 19 secs)

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Critical Net Simulation

(2 mins, 18 secs)

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Decoupling Strategy Optimization

(4 mins, 25 secs)

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Schematic Design

(4 mins, 33 secs)

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Constraint Definition

(2 mins, 9 secs)

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Schematic Validation

(3 mins, 1 sec)

ELECTRONIC SYSTEMS DESIGN

PCB mechanical design and component placement

In chapter 2, layout designers, mechanical engineers, and thermal engineers collaborate on the PCB layout. See how they approach mechanical design, part placement, PCB routing, and FPGA optimization.

Overview: Mechanical Design & Component Placement

PCB mechanical design and component placement

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Overview: Mechanical Design & Component Placement

(34 secs)

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Mechanical Setup

(3 mins, 52 secs)

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Board Setup

(1 min, 47 secs)

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Part Placement

(5 mins, 21 secs)

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FPGA Optimization

(3 mins, 4 secs)

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Mechanical Update

(1 min, 37 secs)

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Thermal Analysis

(6 mins, 57 secs)

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Mechanical Checking

(4 mins, 37 secs)

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Design for Assembly Analysis

(4 mins, 1 sec)

ELECTRONIC SYSTEMS DESIGN

PCB routing and first-order PCB verification

In chapter 3, you’ll see how the team approaches PCB routing and PCB verification. At this stage, layout designers route the board and optimize FPGA pin-out while a signal integrity engineer analyzes performance.

Overview: Routing & First-order Verification

PCB routing and first-order PCB verification

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Overview: Routing & First-order Verification

(40 secs)

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Plane Shape Definition

(3 mins, 38 secs)

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Fanout & Breakout

(9 mins, 30 secs)

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DC Drop Analysis

(2 mins, 33 secs)

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Decoupling Analysis

(1 min, 59 secs)

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FPGA Optimization

(5 mins, 26 secs)

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Routing

(5 mins, 22 secs)

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Constraint Verification

(3 mins, 59 secs)

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Quick DDR SI Verification

(3 mins, 16 secs)

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Electrical Rule Checking

(4 mins, 23 secs)

ELECTRONIC SYSTEMS DESIGN

PCB performance and compliance sign off

Chapter 4 demonstrates how layout designers, signal integrity engineers, and thermal engineers work together to confirm the PCB design meets constraints and manufacturing requirements.

Overview: Performance and Compliance Sign-off

PCB performance and compliance sign off

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Overview: Performance and Compliance Sign-off

(35 secs)

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Full board Electrical Sign-off

(4 mins, 10 secs)

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DC/AC PDN Verification

(2 mins, 42 secs)

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SI Power-Aware Verification

(4 mins, 55 secs)

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Design for Fabrication Verification

(3 mins, 54 secs)

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Thermal Analysis Sign-off

(3 mins, 31 secs)

ELECTRONIC SYSTEMS DESIGN

PCB review, approval, and release

Chapter 5 explains how the PCB layout designers create final manufacturing outputs. See how the team reviews the PCB design, completes PCB verification, and approves it for release to manufacturing.

Overview: Review, Approval, And Release

PCB review, approval, and release

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Overview: Review, Approval, And Release

(29 secs)

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Manufacturing Output Creation

(2 mins, 34 secs)

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Review & Approval

(3 mins, )

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Production Release

(1 min, 26 secs)

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