7 Things to Consider Before Selecting a PCB Design Tool

By Todd Burkholder

How big of a factor should price be when it comes to making a PCB tool purchase decision? Are all PCB design tool capabilities the same? How much can design tool limitations cost you?

Now may be a good time to delve deeper into questions such as these.
You might be surprised by some of the answers.

Price is only one factor to consider when making a PCB tool purchase decision. Choosing the wrong tool for your designs can cost you dearly in terms of time, profits, and even the health of your business.

This paper discusses seven key design tool differentiators that you should consider when purchasing or replacing a PCB design tool or flow. Hopefully we can help you choose the right tools for your design environments and product markets.

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