Preface to Designing Circuit Boards with EAGLE Make High-Quality PCBs at Low Cost by Matthew Scarpino.
This book presents EAGLE by walking through a series of circuit design projects, starting with a simple inverting amplifier and proceeding to a six-layer, single-board computer. As the circuits grow in complexity, I’ll explain more advanced features of EAGLE and show how to automate repetitive tasks. This book also includes a great deal of material to help readers understand the fundamentals of circuit boards and the theory behind the example circuits.
Chapters 1, 2, and 3 introduce the topics of EAGLE and circuit board design. Their primary purpose is to familiarize you with EAGLE’s capabilities and present the terminology used throughout the book. Chapter 3 breezes through the complete design of a trivially simple circuit.
Chapters 4 through 7 present the design of a practical circuit board: the Arduino Femtoduino. These chapters take a hands-on approach to explaining the four fundamental steps of circuit board design: drawing a schematic, laying out components, routing connections, and generating Gerber/Excellon files.
Chapters 8 through 13 discuss an assortment of topics related to EAGLE circuit design. These include circuit simulation, the process of creating custom components, and the all-important subject of design automation. Design automation is one of the most powerful aspects of EAGLE, but it’s also one of the most overlooked. For this reason, I highly recommend becoming familiar with editor commands and User Language programs.
Chapters 14 and 15 present the book’s advanced example design: the BeagleBone Black. The name may sound silly but there’s nothing silly about the circuit. It has six board layers, hundreds of components, and thousands upon thousands of routed connections. As I present the design, I’ll discuss EAGLE’s advanced capabilities and ways to take advantage of design automation.
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