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Barebones and Golden Gate Special Requirements

Requirements for Golden Gate Special:   ( Panel: 18”x24”  with usable space equal to 16½” x 22½”.  As many boards as each panel can yield.  Max. 20 panels.  The silkscreen layer: white.  Production time: 5 days. ) Layers:  1 or 2 Thickness (mils):  31 or 40 or 47 …
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Navigating Instant DFM

Instant DFM is a revolutionary tool that makes quoting Printed Circuit Boards easier and quicker.  Our automated quoting service helps quote PCBs quicker than ever before. Here are the steps to receiving a quote for your PCB.  You will also …
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Top 5 PCB Design Rules You Need to Know

Printed Circuit Board (PCB) design is a complex art that demands precision and knowledge. Not adhering to certain fundamental rules can lead to the production of poor-quality PCBs, potentially compromising your entire project. This can cause delayed timelines, increased costs, …
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How to Evaluate and Select the Best Quick Turn PCB Manufacturer

Finding the best quick-turn PCB manufacturer can be challenging, especially with today’s numerous options. In today’s competitive business world, the quality of your printed circuit boards (PCBs) can make or break your success. Keep reading to learn the factors you …
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The future of printed circuit board design

The Future of Printed Circuit Board Design: Innovations in Software

Printed circuit board (PCB) design is at the forefront of innovation in the ever-evolving technology field. As electronic devices become more complex and compact, the demand for efficient and reliable PCBs continues to rise. To meet these demands, software developers …
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PCB Basics from design to final artwork

Printed Circuit Board Basics: From Design to Final Artwork

Printed circuit boards (PCBs) play a vital role in the functioning of electronic devices. Whether it’s your smartphone, laptop, or even your car, chances are there’s a PCB inside powering its various components. But have you ever wondered how these …
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Sponsorship Highlight: Illini Solar Car

Bay Area Circuits believes in the importance of STEM education and values supporting the scientists, engineers, and mathematicians of tomorrow. We are committed to helping students grow professionally in their industry. To do so, we sponsor multiple project-based collegiate clubs, …
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Instant DFM Update with Automated Quoting & Ordering

Silicon Valley, CA – July 19, 2021 – Bay Area Circuits, Inc., a leading manufacturer of quick-turn printed circuit boards (PCBs), today announced the release of a significant update to its automated, online Design for Manufacturability (DFM) tool, InstantDFM™. In …
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Routing Signals Between PCB Layers

Part 1: An ESD Example Signal Current Flow in a Layer Transition Abstract: Printed circuit board, PCB, signal paths must often change layers in a board stackup. Under some conditions this can cause problems. An ESD example is used to …
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LPI Soldermask & PCB Manufacturing – Bay Area Circuits

Liquid Photoimageable (LPI) Soldermask For many years the only color you would see on a printed circuit board was green.  Maybe a military influence?  The color of the printed circuit board is only a small part of the consideration for …
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An Introduction to Controlled Impedance for PCBs

What is Controlled Impedance? Electrical impedance is the measure of the opposition (resistance) that a circuit presents to the passage of a current when a voltage is applied in an alternating current circuit.   It is represented by Zo:   Electrical …
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Cross Section Analysis: Inside a PCB

Cross-Section Analysis How can the internal quality of a printed circuit board be inspected and verified using cross section analysis? We previously published an article that talked about IPC Inspection guidelines that provides an overview of the standards used in …
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An Expert’s Guide to PCB Surface Finishes

Applying the surface finish is one of the last steps of manufacturing a printed circuit board. The surface finish on a PCB is typically applied after the soldermask process and is designed to prevent oxidation of the remaining exposed copper, …
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Time & Money Saving Design Rules: Insights from a Fabricator

As a PCB fabricator we’re frequently asked, “What are your basic design rules?” Typically what designers are looking for are some guidelines to follow when designing a PCB layout, though this could mean a variety of things. Over the years …
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