Knowing how to design printed circuit boards for custom electronics is a valuable skill for an engineering professional. This is the first seminar of the 'Robust Electronics Essentials' series. ‘Printed Circuit Board Essentials’ is intended to provide engineers the essentials of Printed-Circuit Board (PCB) design. Attendees will know how to design, specify, and order prototype PCBs at the conclusion of this seminar. The various stages of the design of a basic linear power supply will be used to demonstrate PCB design. The attendees are assumed to have basic electronics knowledge but no PCB design knowledge is required. The course material will be presented using the KiCAD free software for PCB design. This software is distributed under the GNU Public License Version 3, so no licensing agreements are required to use the software. Each attendee will be required to install KiCAD on their laptop. The skills learned will also be applicable to other PCB design software packages.
PCB design is a specialized skill. PCB layout engineers are responsible for designing boards which provide high performance but are also inexpensive and/or easy to manufacture. Computer Aided Design software has made PCB layout easier but balancing all of the priorities of component and conductor-trace layout is still challenging. This course will instruct attendees on the design process and how to balance the multiple priorities of PCB design. This session is geared towards professionals with a strong interest in the implementation of electronic systems. Group design exercises will be included.
Hands-on experience in PCB design will be provided. The KiCAD layout software and standard technology examples will be provided. An electronic presentation will be provided along with hard copies of all the slides and additional notes. A linear power supply’s design with accompanying calculations will be provided.
The following topics are addressed:
- KiCAD: Computer-Aided Design software for PCB design.
- PCB materials and manufacturing technologies.
- Project definition and organization.
- Electronic schematic symbols.
- Review of electronic schematic drawing standards.
- Selecting component footprints.
- Basic PCB layout generation.
- Finalizing PCB design and ordering for manufacturing.
The intended audience is electrical and computer engineers working with electronics, embedded systems, computers, and instrumentation systems, and measurement systems. This seminar provides guidance to engineering professionals who wish to perform general PCB design. It is assumed that the attendee has basic electronics knowledge. No previous PCB design knowledge is required.
Dr. Michael L. McGuire, P.Eng.
Michael McGuire has more than 20 years of engineering experience in various academic and commercial organizations as a software developer, testing engineer, and researcher. He worked in Wireless Communications, Optical Communications, and Radiolocation. He had been with Lucent Technologies in New Jersey, USA, for two years researching high-end radio handsets and Embedded Systems. He has performed research for Bell Canada, and is currently a consultant for Wifarer Canada. He is also an Associate Professor at the University of Victoria, British Columbia and holds a PhD in electrical engineering. Dr. McGuire is registered as a Professional Engineer in the Province of British Columbia.
Dr. Mihai Sima, P.Eng.
Mihai Sima has more than 25 years of engineering experience in various academic and commercial organizations as a research and design engineer on various hi-tech projects. He currently works in Integrated Circuits Design and Testing, Embedded Systems, and Instrumentation Electronics. He had been with Philips Research Labs in the Netherlands for four years researching media processors augmented with Field-Programmable Gate Arrays. He was a consultant for Sandbridge Technologies, New York, in the fields of Software-Defined Radios and Digital Signal Processing. He is also an Associate Professor at the University of Victoria, British Columbia and holds a PhD in computer engineering. Dr. Sima is registered as a Professional Engineer in British Columbia, Ontario, and the European Union.