PCB layout and design

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]

See also


  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
  • Designing a circuit board by Jeff Johnson, Nuts and Volts, November 2004, pp. 69-72
  • Do it yourself surface mount printed circuit boards by David Dorhout, Nuts and Volts, May 2014, pp. 34-41

External links



Design cycle

Trace dimensioning


  • GerberTools by ThisIsNotRocketScience, GitHub, tools to load/edit/create/panelize/prerender sets of gerber files.

Board house capabilities and guidelines

In the first instance refer to the capabilities and guidelines of the PCB manufacturer you will be using and set the design rules check (DRC) in your EDA suite to suit.

Mixed-signal layout