Advanced Circuits Blog

As experts in the manufacture and assembly of printed circuit boards, we work to make our blog a helpful resource on PCB topics and the industries that we work with, including automotive, consumer electronics, aerospace and many more. Here you'll find insights into PCB design, tech trends, assembly issues, and trending topics in the general news media as they relate to printed circuit board technology.

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What is Surface Mount Technology?

Surface Mount Technology (SMT) is the widely-used alternative to older through-hole (TH) printed circuit board design and manufacturing practices. While TH fabrication still has its place, SMT has largely taken over where size, weight, and automated manufacturing processes are considerations. … Continue reading

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Advanced Circuits Releases Upgrades to its Free PCB Design Software: PCB Artist™ 3.2

  Aurora, CO – Advanced Circuits has released version 3.2 of its free professional-grade PCB design software, PCB Artist™, the most active PCB software on with over 265,000 downloads.  Since its first release in June of 2007, Advanced Circuits’ … Continue reading

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Advantages of Gerber X2

The Gerber X2 format has become popular due to its ability to improve information flow by attaching attributes to Gerber files. This added information provides designers with greater insight when it comes to creating custom circuitry for a variety of … Continue reading

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The Many Aspects of Wearables and Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs)

Wearables are becoming more and more omnipresent in the lives of the everyday consumer. With the Apple Watch, the Galaxy Gear, the Fitbit and many others, customers are finding out exactly what wearable technology can do for them. This is … Continue reading

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5 Reasons Single-Company PCB Management Is Best

There are a great deal of reasons why one would decide to go with a single-company manager for all of their PCB management needs. The following are five of the biggest reasons that a business should choose a single-company PCB … Continue reading

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Join Advanced Circuits at PCB West 2016 | Booth #313

Join the Advanced Circuits team at PCB West 2016 in Santa Clara, California on Sept. 14th, 2016 Exhibit Hours: 10am – 6pm (Booth #313) PCB West encompasses the entire PCB industry and brings together engineers, designers, fabricators, assemblers and managers to … Continue reading

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Heavy Copper in PCB Design

Thermal management is more important than ever today as electronics are used in demanding environments and operate at higher currents. Heavy copper PCBs (copper conductors 5 oz/ft² – 19 oz/ft²  in inner and/or outer layers; sometimes defined as more than … Continue reading

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Tech Talk For Techies: Highly Reliable Via-In-Pad Design

Via-In-Pad (VIP) is rapidly becoming more commonly used in modern printed circuit design due to many considerations, including the need to miniaturize the PCB form factor. This review of via-in-pad technology can help remove some of the mystery of VIP … Continue reading

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Blog: PCBs Help Power Artificial Neural Networks Running On Hardware

Artificial neural networks as they are typically known run as computer programs that simulate the human brain’s method of solving problems. Researchers can teach these programs to do many remarkable tasks that were unthinkable just a few years ago. The … Continue reading

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AC Blog: How Mini PCBs Will Make You Better at Your Game

Miniature Circuit Boards in Sports Gear Track & Analyze Your Moves Ever get sick of missing free throws or is golf getting just too maddening? Technology innovation that can help may soon be available to not only professional athletes but … Continue reading

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