Comparing CAD Design Tools

CAD (Computer Aided Design) is the use of computer software to design and document a product’s design process. Each circuit board is accompanied by a detailed PCB schematic diagram that is identical to the actual layout of the circuitry. When designing the layout, PCB and CAD technicians, must take into consideration the compliance guidelines and PCB design rules.

MJS Designs utilized four different CAD design tools, while similar, each serves their own purpose.

Altium Designer is a fully equipped editor for schematics which includes powerful collaboration capabilities and a rich set of schematic capture tools to create, edit, simulate, and document schematics. Altium Designer provides the needed tools combined into a single user interface and offers an effective workflow for PCB board electronic designers.

Cadence Allegro PCB Editor helps bring new designs to life. This program offers a way to manage complex designs and stay in line with other participants of the project and accelerate the building process.

  • Analysis Driven Design
  • Layout and Routing
  • Team Design
  • Manufacturability

Siemens Digital Industries Software is the final PCB design software that MJS Designs uses. The program includes multiple flexible and scalable applications. MJS Designs specifically uses the Siemens Xpedition Enterprise and PADS PCB Design Software & Collaboration Tools. These programs integrate the virtual and physical, hardware and software, design and manufacturing worlds.

  • Xpedition Enterprise is an innovative PCB design flow, providing a smooth process from system design definition to manufacturing execution.
  • PADS PCB Design Software & Collaboration Tools is used to take an electronic design from prototype to production in an easy-to-use environment.

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