July 12, 2013

PCB layout begins with a schematic. The schematic can be a simple paper drawing on simple boards or captured in a CAD program for more complex boards. The connections on the PCB should be identical to the schematic, but while the schematic is arranged to be readable, the PCB layout is arranged to be functional. As a result, there is rarely any visible correlation between the schematic and the layout.

PCB layout can be performed manually (using a CAD tool such as Altium Designer, PADs, or Allegro), or in combination with an Autorouter. The best results are usually achieved using or manual ...

July 12, 2013

The Dilemma

PCB Layout CAD software programs are undergoing dramatic and significant changes as companies release new versions at an increasingly rapid rate. These new versions not only fix bugs, but they add additional features and versatility. Altium Designer is arguably the fastest up and coming CAD tool on the market. This product was designed to unify the entire design process. Altium offers:

A single solution to develop hardware, programmable hardware and software Take designs from concept to manufacture within a single unified environment A single model of the design data, and a single design data storage system

As more and more companies are purchasing and using Altium Designer for their PCB...

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