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Advanced Electronic Circuit Design Software

Advanced electronic circuit design software and automation are the keys to optimal PCB development.

The speed at which new products are introduced today is blinding. The ever-increasing demands of more functionality and greater capability drive engineers and developers to be more innovative. To be competitive in this environment, engineers must elevate their PCB development process to optimize quality, efficiency and cost. The key to satisfying this mandate is the implementation of advanced electronic circuit design software.

Advanced Electronic Circuit Design Software Applications

Your choice of PCBA design software is undoubtedly an important decision, as it provides the capabilities available for your innovation. Likewise, it defines the boundaries within which you must create new board designs. Irrespective of the foundational EDA program you use, it is likely that you will be confronted with limitations that necessitate you to look to an advanced electronic circuit design software, as listed below, to overcome.

Intelligent Component Selection
  • Supply chain risk mitigation
  • Part lifecycle analysis
  • Compliance verification
Mixed Signal Analyses
  • Simulation integration
  • Design optimization
  • Multiple advanced scientific analyses
RF and Microwave Simulations
  • Modelithics RF library
  • 3D EM solver
  • Visual system simulations
Timing Analysis
  • Critical path timing analysis
  • High-speed interface design optimization
  • Data and multiple image format exportation
Automated Component Placement and Layout
  • Intelligent component placement
  • Automatic component clustering
  • Connectivity aware replication
Integrated Signal and Power Integrity (SI/PI) Analyses
  • All-in-one SI and PI analyses within the PCB canvas
  • Impedance network design optimization
  • Reflection and crosstalk minimization
Thermal Simulations
Compliance Verification Testing
Integrated DFMA Analysis
  • Real-time DRC
  • Simulation-driven design
  • Constraint-aware CAD environment
Design Change Tracking
  • Error reduction
  • Change data validation
  • PCB design data management
Optimized Package Design
  • In-design analysis
  • Cross-platform IC package design
  • Multi-Chip Module (MCM) and System in a Package (SiP) PCB style design flows
ECAD/MCAD Integration
  • Automated collaboration
  • ECAD and MCAD aware design
  • Design change tracking
Product Lifecycle Management
  • Inherent traceable design audit trail
  • Cost and compliance aware design
  • Native CAD integration

Each of the advanced design software tools listed above were specifically developed to target one or more areas during the PCB design stage to improve the overall electronic product development process.  

Elevating Your Electronic Product Development Process

The benefits of improving the capabilities of your base PCBA design platform include; higher quality products, more efficient design and development, faster time to market and better yield rates. These outcomes are best achieved by following guidelines, as listed below, for incorporating advanced electronic circuit design software into your PCB design process.  

Electronic Circuit Design Software Optimization 

  • Ensure the software will address identified areas for improvement
    It is advisable to assess the quality of your design process and accurately assess the effects associated with the functionality and/or capability deficiency(ies) to ensure you select support software that will solve your problem.
  • Ensure the software is compatible with your EDA platform
    Many excellent advanced electronic circuit design software tools are not PCBA program agnostic. Therefore, it is critical to ensure the software will integrate with your EDA program and whether or not additional acquisitions are required to achieve integration.
  • Ensure software adheres to industry standards
    It is also important that any software addition is compliant with relevant industry standards. This is especially important if you design critical industry boards or PCBs that must meet IPC class 2 or 3 performance standards. 
  • Ensure there is adequate support available
    Often overlooked until after purchase, is the level of support needed to get up and running with the tool. And most importantly, is there adequate training and support resources to help you do so.
  • Ensure the software will grow with you
    Irrespective of where you are in your career, the probability is high that the functionality and capabilities needed to satisfy your PCBA design project requirements will increase. Consequently, it is important to invest in a support tool that will continue to meet your needs over the long term. 

Including the above considerations will aid you in selecting advanced electronic circuit design software. However, relying on an industry expert may be the surest path to elevating your PCBA development process. 

EMA Design Automation is a leading provider of the resources that engineers rely on to accelerate innovation. We provide solutions that include PCB design and analysis packages, custom integration software, engineering expertise, and a comprehensive academy of learning and training materials, which enable you to create more efficiently. For more information on advanced electronic design software and how we can help you or your team innovate faster, contact us.


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