Printed Circuit Board Design
For a number of reasons, we consider it very
important to maintain an in-house printed circuit board design facility.
Printed circuit board layout is very closely
linked to the performance of an electronic design. This is especially the
case in these days of high speed designs where track lengths, impedances and
component positioning is so important. It is a strong advantage to be able
to "iterate" a design between the electronic requirements and layout
requirements. Any last minute design changes are easy to achieve when the
layout is done in-house.
Since we started in-house PCB design - some
15 years ago - we have only used one design package. This is Bartels AutoEngineer
from Germany. This package has served us well, and we have benefited from
having regular updates all the time we have been using it.