EDA / PCB Design

The world of electronic design automation is broad, covering everything from the simplest PCB to the most complex custom device. But without such tools, designers would be unable to create innovative consumer and industrial products.

In this section, New Electronics provides technical insight on the latest PCB design packages, as well as on the design tools essential to the creation of devices such as FPGAs and ASICs.

Chip designers move up to the next level of abstraction

Engineers recognised years ago that increasing chip complexity meant they had to move to a higher level of abstraction. The problem has been determining precisely what this 'next level up' is and then making the connection back down to rtl code for physical hardware implementation.

Starting out

SAME offers a good showcase for start ups; particularly those offering eda tools. By Louise Joselyn.

Digital takeover

Analogue designers are having to be increasingly innovative to overcome process scaling problems. By Chris Edwards.

Core to the fore

What's so special about Intel's Core i7 processor and why is it finding a lot of industrial applications?

Simulation solution:

Mainstream high speed pcb design has long followed in the slipstream of rf and microwave engineering. Of necessity, techniques have been simplified and made applicable to wider use: for example, IBIS models that describe input/output behaviour without revealing internal design details are published for most high speed ics.

Modelling parasitics in sub-micron IC designs

IC designers who work at the deep submicron level know that smaller process size means lower per unit costs, higher performance, and lower power consumption. However, as nets get closer together, parasitic capacitance becomes a design consideration.

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