What’s the Worst Thing that Could Happen?

2016-03-07 19:34:48 by

“Hello, This is Tim Coyle from Signal Bytes Technology.  You recently attended one of our webinars and I was wondering if you had a minute to talk?” “Yeah, I remember that webinar.  I’m busy right…” Click the line goes silent and I know that I’ve gotten the dreaded hang up again.  It’s moments like thisContinue Reading..

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Checklist for SI for PCB Stackup Design

2016-03-02 16:09:19 by

This week we posted an article on Signal Integrity Considerations for PCB stackup design.  It covered the basics to consider when looking at PCB stackups.  We created a basic checklist from that article to help you in your next stackup design.  Here’s a quick checklist. Have you verified that you are using a single groundContinue Reading..

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Lessons from an Engineer

2016-03-02 16:05:31 by

5 Lessons I Learned from My Grandfather I don’t really remember my grandfather talking much about what he did day to day at work, but I remember wanting to be just like him.  He was a great man – funny, smart, hard working.  He was also an engineer thru and thru.  He kept long journalsContinue Reading..

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Leave the Rules of Thumb to the Experts

2016-03-02 16:03:12 by

You know how it is.  You’ve done something over and over again.  You’ve gotten the same results.  You’ve put in your 10,000 hours and I guess on some level that makes you an expert.  Maybe you’ve developed a shortened process, maybe you’ve come up with a new way to do it,  maybe you have aContinue Reading..

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Marketing to Engineers – Lessons Learned

2016-03-02 16:00:30 by

Over the years in our business ventures we’ve spent a great deal of time marketing to engineers.  The things we’ve learned are applicable across all marketing segments, but work really well for engineers.  Here are some tips for working with technical people from a technical person. Personalize Your Brand.  I think in technical fields peopleContinue Reading..

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How George Clooney Toppled My Reign As an Ebay DVD King

2016-03-02 15:57:36 by

The names, dates, and some facts have been changed to protect the innocent and also because I don’t remember them all except for George Clooney who really did ruin my Ebay DVD business. I’m always trying something new. I like to understand how things work and that drives me to try new and different things.Continue Reading..

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Don’t Wait Until It’s Too Late to Simulate

2016-03-02 15:52:59 by

As designing becomes more and more complex and R&D budgets become less and less signal integrity becomes tantamount to your design success. Signal integrity simulation can help you at all stages of the design process.  I think the most often overlooked stage is in pre layout. Often times signal integrity is only used to verifyContinue Reading..

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Tips for Avoiding the Horrors of a Bad Simulation Plan

2016-03-02 15:50:24 by

Simulation plans are an important piece of your team’s design success.  Simulation plans help you verify baseline metrics, figure out design tradeoffs, and help you prevent future errors.  Over the years I have seen many great simulation plans and many not so great simulation plans.  Today I’m going to give you my top five tricksContinue Reading..

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Signal Integrity Considerations for a PCB Stackup

2016-03-02 15:43:22 by

When I think of the ideal PCB stackup a few things come to mind.  It’s important to assess your stackup for things like EMI, Power, and general Signal Integrity.  These three major areas can help save you headaches later on in the design process.  Let’s talk a little more about each of these areas andContinue Reading..

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Best Mechanical Keyboard: Razer BlackWidow

2016-02-15 19:29:24 by

Why You Need a Mechanical Keyboard There is just something very soothing about the sound of the keys of a nice mechanical keyboard. A nice mechanical keyboard should sound like an old typewriter – each key press has it’s own acoustic event that fades nicely into the ether around you. Most hardcore geeks only wantContinue Reading..

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