PCB Layout Software Functions
PCB layout can be simplified and optimized by using the design software that best suits designer’s needs. Some functions can be used in many software products, while others are further improved, all greatly enhance the layout process.
Different PCB layout software have different features, because not all of them are created equal. When selecting the right layout tool, you should consider the following points.
Functions that match the designer's work style- many designers begin with a schematic and move the results into the PCB layout design. If the software you choose is not support this process, it is best to choose another system.
Flexibility- creating a great layout is one thing, but if it's the end of the program's functionality, it does not provide great value. It is important to provide the flexibility to examine the layout for potential manufacturability errors before proceeding the PCB design.
Update- how often does the software supplier update the program? With the continuously technology development, PCB layout is required to evolve constantly. Software that does not change over time will definitely be useless in a relatively short period of time.
Using layout software in the PCB design process will increase the efficiency of component placement and reduce the number of problems encountered when it comes to prototyping and final manufacturing stages. The earlier the problems in the process are found, the lower the costs of handling and correcting.
This becomes even more important as engineers design more complex, multilayer, thinner PCBs for advanced electronics and miniaturized devices. Smartphones and smart flat-screen TVs are just some examples of applications for increasingly complex PCB layouts.
Making layout software work in your PCB design process will improve quality, produce designs ready for manufacturing, reduce costs and time-to-market.