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TIP #032: Always do testing in environmental chamber

Why? It helps you to find possible problems before mass production

TIP #031: Include page number in Schematic page name

Why? It helps you quickly jump to the right page

TIP #030: Do Paper model of your board

Why? It’s a simple way to check if everything fits correctly and if everything is in the right place.

TIP #029: Be sure you connect enough pins on connector

Why? Connector pins only can carry limited current.

TIP #028: When you are looking for a component, you may ...

Why? It compares components between more manufacturers and shows a lot of important information.

TIP #027: Use at least 2 monitors

Why? It’s much more comfortable during HW design. You can open Schematic in one monitor and PCB in the second.

TIP #026: Do not place memory chips too close to CPU

Why? It may be difficult to route the interface and do length matching. You may need space between the memory chips and between CPU & Memory chip.

TIP #025: Try to use big gap / clearance between signals

Why? Big gap / clearance between tracks lower influence between them (e.g. crosstalk)

TIP #024: Place Reference point of a footprint for ...

Why? This reference point is very often used in Pick & Place output files. When doing assembling, machine will pick up the component at this 0,0 position.

TIP #023: Don’t be scared of creating components

Why? You need to know how to do it

TIP #022: Place ESD protection close to the connectors

Why? So the ESD pulse doesn’t travel through your board and it discharges immediately behind the connector

TIP #021: If possible, have two soldering irons

Why? It’s very useful for desoldering components like resistors, capacitors and even some chips

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