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Fundamentals of PCB Design

Course id: 0064


Proper Printed Circuit Board layout and routing is vital for signal integrity of electronic circuits, so much so that many component manufacturer go to the extent of publishing recommended PCB layouts in their datasheets to ensure customers can meet stated specifications. Failure to adhere to layout and routing rules, guidelines and recommendations could easily compromise the effectiveness of a circuit.

This course is specifically tailored for engineers who are about to embark on PCB design. The course starts by introducing the PCB design flow and an insight to the manufacturing process. It then leads the participants into creating custom padstacks and component packages, followed by setting net widths, placing components on the PCB and routing it. This course interlaces lectures with hands-on practicals to maximize learning effectiveness.

Course highlight Participants will use the industrial standard OrCAD Capture and PCB Designer to design real-world, mixed signal PCBs.

What you will learn

This course concentrates on the theoretical and practical knowledge to allow participants to achieve the following learning outcomes. Upon completing the course, participants would be able to:
  • Understand the terminology used in industrial PCB manufacture
  • Know the PCB manufacturing flow
  • Develop custom pads and component packages
  • Setup the PCB software with trace width and spacing rules
  • Properly place and route components

Who should attend

This course is particularly suited for engineers who are new to PCB design. This course is also suitable for those who are keen to familiarise themselves with OrCAD.


Participants are required to have a background in electronics and/or electrical engineering.

Course methodology

This course is presented in a workshop style with example-led lectures interlaced with hands-on practical for maximum understanding. Participants would produce a simple PCB at the end of the course to be discussed with the instructor.

Course duration

3 days.

Course structure

  • Overview
    • EDA flow: from schematic to PCB
    • PCB terminology
    • PCB design standards and guidelines
    • Hands-on practical 1: Introduction to OrCAD
  • PCB manufacturing process
    • Drilling
    • Patterning: additive and subtractive process, milling
    • Etching
    • Plating: types and properties
    • Solder resist: types and properties
    • Silkscreening
    • Automated electrical test (ATE), bed of nails
    • Routing
  • Padstack
    • Pad size
    • Drill size
    • Solder resist
    • Solder paste
    • Thermal reliefs
    • Hands-on practical 2: Designing Pads
  • Component packages
    • Common packages (DIL, SIL, SOIC, SOT, TSSOP, TO, BGA, etc.)
    • Creating custom packages
    • Hands-on practical 3: Designing Custom Packages
  • Schematic to PCB
    • Assigning components with PCB packages
    • Design Rule Checking
    • Netlisting
    • Hands-on practical 4: Netlisting
  • Component placement
    • Segregating component types
    • Component placement order
    • Clustering components
    • Hands-on practical 5: Component Placement
  • Track width and spacing
    • Current handling capacity versus track width
    • Track spacing for crosstalk control
  • Routing
    • Routing recommendations
    • Mitre tracks
    • Hands-on practical 6: Track Routing
  • Preparing for manufacture
    • Gerber format
    • NC drill consideration
    • Hands-on practical 7: Preparing for Manufacture
  • Assignment: Designing a simple PCB


Dr Royan Ong

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  Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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