White Paper: Electronics & Computers

A Big Picture View of Miniaturization in Today’s Designs: The Key to Solving Design Challenges For Today’s Connected Tools and Devices

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The consumer’s desire for smaller, more portable appliances and devices combined with the demand for smarter, more connected devices with enhanced functionalities leaves design engineers with complex challenges and additional needs for more innovation.

It is important to select the right components early in the design process to ensure they will perform reliably with the other electronics in the system. With this requirement in mind, it is critical to support early involvement with choosing and prioritizing what components will be used to support the function of systems to work together as integrated solutions, and determine how much space will be available on the PCB to accommodate the entire design. Miniaturized components can allow greater efficiency of design without taking away performance.

In addition to thinking about the entire design and functionality, design engineers need to consider assembly—ergonomics and ease of assembly. Thinner and more complex PCBs and cable assemblies can be difficult and slow to assemble. It is important to choose connectors and other components that require low insertion force and have anti-snag or anti-mismatch features.

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