PRINTED circuits, PRINTED circuit design, MIXED signal circuits, VIRTUAL prototypes, and PROTOTYPES
The article focuses on the challenge of creating a robust analog/mixed-signal (AMS) circuit board design. Topics discussed include the factors that determine the reliability of circuit design and the design process for AMS circuits. The attainment of robustness through the incorporation of virtual prototyping and comprehensive analyses into the design process is then mentioned.
USER interfaces (Computer systems), COMPUTER software, COMPUTER-aided design, and VIRTUAL prototypes
The article reports on the successful integration of mechanical and board-level tools inside a common user interface by the Mentor Graphics electronics cooling simulation software in 2013. Its library of models reportedly handles imported or computer aided design (CAD)-generated geometries, and automatic meshing and data convergence reduce execution times. The article states that the new tool features virtual prototyping, fewer iterations and advanced possibility analysis.