Trimming cost and size: The software side of the story

Reducing cost and size for embedded hardware involves issues with circuit design, fabrication and similar topics. Software, however, raises a different set of concerns. Though development costs need to be taken into account, a much more significant expense comes from software errors, which can lead to delays, product recalls, possible lawsuits and damage to a company’s reputation.   A key …

Assuring PCB reliability by building in additional tolerances

High reliability or HiRel is the nomenclature or class given to printed circuit boards (PCBs) designed and manufactured for mil/aero or medical electronics systems and equipment, and on occasion, for special OEM gear. However, in some cases, vital steps in high reliability PCB design, fabrication, and assembly are overlooked for a variety of reasons — inadvertently, to save time to …