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A front to back flow for Windows based pcb design. By Martin Cole.

During the last decade, designers began to combine analogue, digital and even RF components onto the same board. At the same time, geometries shrank, time to market pressures shortened design cycles and the need arose for more integrated capture, simulation and layout tools.

Budget constraints and the need for easy to learn, easy to use tools gave rise to the need for low cost solutions with broad capabilities. Where designs had once been passed off from one team to another, now a single design team – or, in some cases, one person – has to take a design from conception to manufacturing drawings. Of necessity, designers and engineers are being tasked with more and require access to integrated personal productivity tools.

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