Overview:

Printed circuit board design is a step that should not be overlooked. A bad PCB design can indeed ruin the performances of a whole system, even though the circuit and system designs might be excellent.

This module aims at introducing good practices to follow when designing a PCB, in order to mitigate electromagnetic compatibility issues, ensure user safety, reduce the fabrication cost, allow easy manufacturing and testing of the product, etc.

Goals:

During the module, the students will learn:

  • what the main challenges are when designing a PCB;
  • the good ways to partition a PCB floorplan;
  • how to stack-up layers in a multilayer PCB;
  • how to reduce electromagnetic interference in practice;
  • how to correctly size and route traces;
  • etc.,

One will also introduce how industrial PCBs are fabricated, as well as concepts and practices that are important in an industrial fabrication workflow, e.g., Design for Manufacturing (DFM) and Design for Testing (DFT).

The students will gain hands-on experience in the aforementioned topics during labworks or small projects that may include designing (parts of a) PCB for another module.