29 Nov '11, 1am

Evaluating PCB layout tools: A board developer’s perspective: #tools

Evaluating PCB layout tools: A board developer’s perspective: #tools

As edge rates of logic devices become faster and PCB designs become more advanced and geared towards miniaturization, a number of issues and pitfalls can emerge at the layout stage if you do not have appropriate tools at your disposal to handle your requirements. In-depth experience using the various PCB layout tools available today is the best indicator of the direction to take regardless of densities, application, or speed requirements. Some design tool parameters that require some experience involve design speeds ranging from a few megahertz (MHz) to over 15 gigahertz (GHz) with board layer counts going from single layer to 50 layers, sometimes more. An experienced designer always works diligently with tighter constraints, and uses the more advanced manufacturing technologies paired the right layout tools. From the perspective of the experienced PCB designer, compared t...

Full article: http://www.eetimes.com/design/embedded/4230951/Evaluating...

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