PCB layout and design

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PCB layout and design has some basic rules, good practices and rules of thumb however it is a highly creative and individual process.[1]


PCB layout design is possible with tape and dry transfers, or permanent marker pen however EDA software will offer schematic capture, PCB layout, ERC (electrical rule checks), DRC (design rule checks) and other features such as simulating the circuit with SPICE.[2]


  1. ^ PCB layout tutorial by Dave Jones, EEVBlog
  2. ^ PCB design, Software options, ladyada.net

Further reading

  • The Circuit Designer's Companion by Peter Wilson, Newnes, 2012, ISBN 0-08-097138-5
  • The Art of Electronics, by Paul Horowitz and Winfield Hill ISBN 0-521-37095-7, pages 835-852
  • How to Design and Make Your Own PCBs by R. Penfold, Babani, 1983, ISBN 0-85934-096-1
  • Fabricating Printed Circuit Boards' by Jon Varteresian, Newnes, 2002, ISBN 1-878707-50-7
  • Build Your Own Printed Circuit Board by Al Williams, Tab, 2003, ISBN 978-0-07-142783-8
  • Thermal Design: Still a Process Pinch Point? by Dr. John Parry CEng, The PCB Design Magazine, November 2013, p. 28