PCB Whitepapers

Sunstone Circuits continues to stay informed of current industry topics and trends. As the thought leader in the PCB Prototyping industry, we are proud to make these white papers available for you to download and read. We add new content regularly, so please check back frequently!

Printed Circuit Board Whitepapers

  • Guidelines for Ensuring PCB Manufacturability
    The rules of PCB design have changed little over the years, but the demands on the boards themselves keep increasing. The need for smaller, more complex boards used in smartphones, tablets, and other handheld devices translates into less real estate for greater functionality. Design for Manufacturability (DFM) now plays a more important role in the production process. Good DFM techniques are more important than ever. This paper explores a number of straightforward ways you can increase the manufacturability of your boards.
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  • Finding the Right Manufacturer for Your Design
    To receive a quality PCB, you need an efficient design and a manufacturer capable of producing it. This paper will examine the challenges and best practices associated with matching your design requirements to a manufacturer's capabilities.
    PDF, 198.84 KB
  • How Lean Manufacturing Adds Value to PCB Production
    In this paper, we will explore the impact of Lean on the PCB industry, including how it may provide competitive advantage to those organizations making Lean a key part of their culture.
    PDF, 200.82 KB
  • Using Stencils to Simplify the Printed Circuit Board Assembly Process
    Where is the gap between hand assembly and outsourced assembly? And where does the purchase of a stencil fit in bridging that gap?
    PDF, 219.71 KB
  • Domestic Versus Offshore PCB Manufacturing
    The component costs of offshoring have increased along with the risks that go along with it, challenging established manufacturing trends.
    PDF, 76.47 KB
  • Parts Collaboration within The Sunstone ECOsystem: PCB123™, LiveBOM™, Digi‐Key® & NXP®
    Sunstone Circuits’ technological collaboration with Digi‐Key Corporation and NXP Semiconductor provides Sunstone PCB123 CAD users access to ready‐made, certified parts symbols from NXP. Not only is sufficient information provided to ensure accurate physical design, but the collaboration also ensures efficient design with component availability and pricing information.
    PDF, 414.24 KB
  • Value of PCB Manufacturing Quality During Prototype: You Get More Than You Pay For
    "The number of engineering changes is also a top challenge of PCB design. A strategy that enables designers to obtain early insight into behavior, allows them to catch problems earlier in the process. It also makes it easier to look for opportunities to take cost out of the PCB." - Aberdeen Group, "Why Printed Circuit Board Design Matters to the Executive..."
    PDF, 349.05 KB