Virtually every electronic circuit built nowadays uses a printed circuit board (pcb) as both its interconnecting medium and mechanical mounting substrate. The pcb is custom-designed for the circuit it carries, and its selection is an important part of the circuit designer's task, though this is frequently delegated to the (perceived) inferior function of pc layout draftsman. The design of the pcb has a strong effect on the mechanical and electrical performance of the final product. This chapter looks at the main factors that you should consider when working with your new pcb design.
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