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PCB Design & Layout Tutorial

PCB Design & Layout Tutorial


This article originally appeared in Silicon Chip magazine Oct-Dec 2003.

Here you can find the worlds most popular PCB Design and Layout Tutorial in PDF format, freely distributable for educational and private use. All I ask is that it be distributed in the original PDF form.

The tutorial is extremely popular with universities and colleges through the world. Many PCB program companies are also promoting it to customers.

If you have ever wanted to know the "secrets" to good PCB design, you'll find it all (well, some of it!) in this tutorial.

Thanks to everyone for the feedback, support donations for this tutorial.

The tutorial is not tied to using one particular software PCB package, so it is suitable for whatever package you happen to use. It is aimed at the beginner through to intermediate PCB designers. Experienced PCB designers may even learn a few tricks and some good design practices they didn't know they should be following.


If you like this PCB design tutorial and learn something from it then I would appreciate a small donation to help me keep the web site up and running and encourage me to update and maintain the tutorial and my video blog. The tutorial has consistently for many years been downloaded at the rate of over 10,000 times a month, this does put a fairly big drain on my limited server bandwidth. I'd be happy to get enough donations to pay for the site and my bandwidth usage! I'd appreciate any help, no matter how small.

You can donate in two ways:

  1. Purchase any product at all from Amazon.com (books, electronics products etc, even from third party sellers) using the links below and I get cut of the sale :-D
  2. Use the PayPal button above and donate any value  you wish. Many donate 50cents, others a few dollars to tens of dollars, it's up to you.

Thanks & Enjoy.

David L. Jones

DOWNLOAD: The latest revision is available for PDF download here: PCBDesignTutorialRevA.PDF

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