Layout & Routing

April 8, 2014
Randall Myers is an Xpedition Flow technical marketing engineer at Mentor Graphics

Straighten up and fly right

Fighter pilots have long trusted highly sophisticated automation. That’s how you can meet the challenges posed by advanced PCB design techniques.
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March 19, 2014
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Bring decaps under control with automated analysis

Decoupling capacitor counts are increasing as PCBs deploy more advanced silicon. But you can use automated analysis to bring counts and costs under control.
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October 23, 2012
A same net sliver

Better PCB design using the fabricator’s view

Early use of design for manufacturing can capture PCB yield issues related to pads, copper distribution, same net slivers and more
August 6, 2012
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Concurrent design: one team, one virtual location

Speeding up electronics design by learning lessons in increasing parallelism from computer science.
April 5, 2012

Overcoming increasing PCB complexity with automation

Advanced PCB and IC technologies have to be matched with advanced design and analysis tools if companies are going to produce board designs that are right first time, on time.
May 1, 2009

Make simulation your friend

The earlier in a design cycle a decision can be made, the shorter the development time and the lower the development cost. This is probably the most important product development principle, and is especially true when interconnects are not transparent and signal or power integrity could be holding back performance. You must find, fix and […]

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March 1, 2009
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Automating sawtooth tuning for differential pairs

Length matching within a differential pair can be one of the more tedious tasks facing a PCB designer. This article describes how a team at communications and consumer electronics semiconductor company Broadcom overcame this by using the automation options available within their design tools. While the article describes automation tailored to a specific task, the […]

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November 1, 2008

Change you’d better believe in

This special edition of EDA Tech Forum Journal concentrates on PCB design. It’s an exciting area technologically right now, and we hope that the editorial content reflects that. One theme that kept emerging was that many of the contributors believe their discipline is at some sort of tipping point. And these changes don’t just come […]

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November 1, 2008

Defying the downturn

Emerging technologies and markets could spur PCB tool growth despite economic concerns, says Mary Ann Olsson The worldwide PCB EDA software market maintained fairly stable 3.4% growth in 2007. Sales reached $532.5M, from $514.7M in 2006. The projected growth rate for PCB software in 2008 is 2.3%, bringing sales to $544.7M (Figure 1). One key […]

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November 1, 2008

More efficient board design for RF, analog and digital

New PCB tools have the intelligence to cut time and cost, explains Mark Forbes As far back as Marconi himself, RF design has been seen as having a touch of magic associated with it. Designs that looked just fine on paper would often require empirical tweaks to make them work properly. Until recently, even circuits […]

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