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Printed Circuit Boards For Wearables

The search for the Next Big Thing is constant. Right now, wearables are at the front of the line. In its early manifestations, wearable technology was about gimmicks and fun and none of the early innovations seemed likely to last, though some …
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Later Developments in PCB Design

Multi-layer PCBs began to be produced in the 1960s, and design methods improved. Cameras that produced 1:1 negative manufacturing film enabled skilled designers to lay out boards faster than had ever been achieved before, and smaller components combined with hot-air soldering to …
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How PCBs are assembled

A printed circuit board starts out as a bare board and is then populated with electronic components. The leads from each component are soldered in place to provide both mechanical fixing and electrical connections. Before that can happen, either the component leads …
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How PCB Design Has Evolved

When Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs) were first introduced, design was done by hand. The designer would create a photomask on a clear mylar sheet (a polyester film combining high tensile strength with transparency, electrical insulation and chemical stability.) The photomask would be …
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What Printed Circuit Boards Are

Printed circuit boards (PCBs) have been around for many years. When they were first introduced, they seemed revolutionary – indeed, they were revolutionary – but now they are commonplace and found in all electronic products except the very simplest. What separates a …