Hardware Engineering

Hardware team alignment

How hardware leads can align their team to corporate goals

A simple miscommunication or lost update can cause a domino effect that spreads across huge portions of an organization and its stakeholders within multiple teams. Its impact can throw business goals off the rails; stalling new projects, delaying other customer orders, and frustrating employees. Alignment is far more than a buzzword – taking these steps to keep everyone on the same page is well worth the effort.

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Digital design review.

Digital design reviews are moving beyond the conference room

Hardware engineers are all too familiar with what in-person design reviews look like. As engineering evolves, however, they are being replaced by asynchronous collaboration on a platform. Here’s why many in-person meetings are being replaced by digital design reviews.

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[Interview] Tools electrical engineers can’t live without

I was always quick to utilize digital design tools to augment my hardware designs. Programming classes were a big part of my undergraduate program, so even starting as an intern, I was given a lot of coding work that hardware engineers didn’t want to do (usually automating test fixtures or scopes).

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Which Git clients work for hardware engineers (and how)

We live at the dawn of a golden age of hardware development. The tools being built are powerful, fast, and focused on saving money and time but not necessarily with an intuitive user interface. Git has a reputation for being clunky and severe, but everyone participating in the tool-building ecosystem has taken Git a long way from its command line only roots.

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AllSpice new design review creation process.

Design review basics in Git for hardware

Every hardware engineer is familiar with traditional design review. In the past, it made sense to gather a group of people in a room, staring at a projector screen, and manually walk through the schematics and PCB layout. Every person has a chance to voice their input and create action items.

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Revision control concepts

Revision control concepts: Git for hardware

Revision control has made huge strides in the past 15 years. File repos no longer need dedicated IT employees to set up and maintain servers. Numerous providers offer turnkey solutions for revision control. The most popular and functional tool has been the git.

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