Pictured on the cover of Right The First Time is the Golden Gate Bridge. Inside, the bridge is pictured next to a Boeing 777. What do these two items have in common, the author asks? It's that both were produced with no prototypes. They were "right the first time." Thus, the book is intended to help designers of systems with PCBs in them to achieve the difficult objective of designing correctly from the start while considering a myriad of engineering and cost issues.
The book is packed with charts, tables, waveform pictures, and other illustrative material that brings theory to life. One of the book's most useful attributes is its consideration of the "rules of thumb" that engineers often use to guide early design decisions. When are "rules of thumb" truly appropriate? How are they best applied, and when are they best ignored in favor of real detailed analysis of a problem? The author states that "high-speed design is the management of the non-ideal," a sentiment that is carried throughout the book's 48 short chapters. Within its 288 pages, Right The First Time presents a ton of good, common-sense, practical engineering information that can be applied to any PCB design project.
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