Ionocom Communications Inc

Printed Circuit Board Design

Ionocom offers design of printed circuit boards as part of the product development process. We can also offer this as a standalone service.

Our experience ranges from single-sided boards designed for absolute minimum cost to high-performance multi-layer boards with power and ground planes designed for RF, high-speed and high-density situations.

  • High-volume products where routing the design on a two-layer (or even single-sided) board is important to reduce costs.
  • Analog circuits where careful attention to routing and grounding is required to reduce noise and interference.
  • Radio frequency circuits where trace impedances must be controlled.
  • Digital logic circuits where grounding and screening is important to reduce EMI emissions.

Altium Designer

Our primary tool for new projects is Altium Designer. In addition to excellent schematic capture and PCB layout tools this provides us with 3D mechanical integration, allowing visualisation of boards, components, enclosures and other mechanical parts, and exchange of mechanical data in industry-standard formats.

Cadence OrCAD We have extensive experience with Cadence OrCAD Capture and Layout over a period of ten years. We use OrCAD for maintenance of existing designs and for projects where clients prefer these tools.

CadSoft EAGLE We also have CadSoft EAGLE available for use. This low-cost but capable tool is sometimes preferred by clients who are using it internally.

We typically perform both placement and routing by hand for the best results. We use automated design rules checking and extensive in-house checklists to ensure that designs are correct and manufacturable. We design PCBs to be produced to IPC A 600 standards.

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