Guidelines for Using Manufacturer-Provided Reference Designs

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  • Author: Gary Breed
Reference designs have become a valuable part of a product designer’s tool set for the creation of new products. The ability to replicate a proven layout with supporting compo-nents can save many hours of development time. However, there are many opportunities for problems to arise when translating the ref-erence design into a larger system. This tutorial article reviews the major pit-falls that engineers can experience during this process. Most of the issues are common, but we will try to point out some of the subtle ways that a reference design can be altered during the overall design process.