Category Archives: PCB Design

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Musings on Product Development, a 30 Year Perspective

I’ve worked on a lot of product development projects over the last 30 years, most of which involve printed circuit boards, microprocessors and firmware of some kind.  Whilst massive changes in the electronics industry have come to pass over a generation there are some things that have not changed.  First of all is time to […]

Finding Value in a Troubled EDA Marketplace

When we recently went to evaluate several PCB EDA packages, being interested in the formal practice of value analysis, we tried to discern which packages provided the most “value” for us based on our needs and requirements. The overall function of a PCB EDA software package is to provide a means for creation of an […]

RoHS Manual Soldering Hints

For several years F.O.M. Systems has been working with various lead free (RoHS compliant) soldering alloys for printed circuit board assembly. Our experiences with these materials has ranged from the “hardly any difference” to “virtually unusable”. Depending on the alloy used you may have a similar range of experiences. Besides the supposed environmental advantages of […]