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TIP #050: Read Errata documents

Why? Most erratas are not important, but there are always a few which may cause you problems. You really want to double check if the listed erratas are not going to influence functionality of your board.

TIP #048: Import reference schematics

Why? This will save you a lot of time and minimize possible mistakes which could happen when re-drawing the schematic.

TIP #047: Use chips with good software support

Why? It speeds up development process. It may be time consuming to start developing software from scratch, especially if you do not have to. It is very hard and costly to develop things like new drivers.

TIP #046: Check pin ordering of your footprint

Why? This is one of the most common mistakes done during creating a new footprint. It is very hard to fix on already made board.

TIP #045: Create useful folder structure for your projects

Why? Find your files quickly, find your colleagues files quickly, backup the important files, know what files were used for manufacturing

TIP #044: When doing placement under BGA, first only check where the free space is and then

TIP #044: When doing placement under BGA, first only check where the free space is and then do it again
Why? When placing the components – second time, you will know which direction you have some free space.

TIP #041: Add more information on silkscreen of some components (connectors, slots, …)

Why? Helps during assembly. Can prevent placement issues during PCB design (e.g. too close, wrong rotation,…)