Within companies, engineers and designers may have different titles: Design Engineer, PCB Engineer, Design Specialist, etc. But ultimately, what is your job? It’s to help get your company’s product designed, built, and out to market.
You first think about what the product is – what you will create. Then, you need to evaluate what type of design issues you may have. Will the product have DDR memory that needs to be simulated? Will you have an FPGA with multiple power rails, that will result in a layout with complex split power planes, and you will need to be concerned with current density and voltage drop? How about the mechanical design? How difficult will it be to fit the electronics into the new, sleek packaging that’s been specified? And once you get them into the packaging, how will the heat get dissipated? Can you lay the design out on a 4 layer board, or will it need 6, bumping the cost up? Once the design is complete, will it pass EMI tests?
Only now do you start thinking about what tools you will need to help you overcome all of these design challenges. The PADS Product Creation Platform is the only desktop PCB design solution which helps individual engineers and small teams solve all of these issues. PADS has been extended beyond schematic capture SI analysis, and PCB layout to include technology to allow engineers to address their complex design issues head on. Recently announced were PADS HyperLynx DC Drop and PADS FloTHERM XT. Over the next couple of months, we will be announcing more extensions to the PADS Product Creation Platform – so stay tuned!
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