PCB Layout Software - 3 of the best
There are a number of PCB layout software available in the market, but the most commonly used software for PCB layout design are
1. ALTIUM Design Software
2. CADENCE ORCAD
3. ORCAD DFM and DRC
1. ALTIUM Design Software:
The Altium design software for PCB and schematics is the world famous software for designing a professional PCB layout. This software is user-friendly and has all the basic and advanced features that a design engineer requires
The ALTIUM designer 17 is the latest release which contains the following features.
1. Dynamic Copper:
Customize copper borders and adjust copper overlay.
2. Active Route:
Guided routing technology while obeying the design constraints
3. Track Glossing:
PCB nets quality and length is adjusted/optimized automatically.
Auto synchronization of component parameters between PCB and schematics
4. Enhanced Layer Stack Manager:
Manage and define all layer stacks into your design for rigid – flex and high speed
5. Design Import:
You can import PCB and schematics from PCAD, EAGLE, ORCAD and PADS to ALTIUM designer 17
2. CADENCE ORCAD:
1. Shape Creation and Management:
Place a PCB component within the shape and the shape will automatically make room for the PCB component to adjust in any design rules. Rotate or move the component and shape will automatically readjust again.
2. Interactive Routing:
There are no routing modes to remember just select the trace/traces you want and get started with routing. Push, hug and counter routing. The routing within the complex BGA stencils is made easy just sketch the path and interactive router will automatically tackle with the engineering details and complete the route.
3. ORCAD DFM and DRC:
With ORCAD you can find DFM error while you design PCB layout so that your design will not wreck your time later. The DFM technology is always running while you are designing PCB layout. This will save your lot of time by enabling you to check for DRC errors while designing layout