The Future of PCB Design

The Future of PCB Design

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Release time:2017-06-21 11:14:56

Ten years ago, advanced PCB design technologies such as microvias, high-density interconnect (HDI), embedded passives and high pin-count field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) were mainly available to power users designing bleeding-edge products for global organizations. Not only are these design technologies rapidly making their way into the mainstream design world, they are readily available, affordable and are a primary factor in determining a company’s success and profitability.


While the availability of these design technologies is growing at an accelerated rate, they are concurrently introducing increased design complexity and design challenges. Particularly in the high-speed design arena, data rates of 3 gigabits/second and higher (up to 10 gigabits/second) are re-setting frequency standards for integrated circuits (ICs) including FPGAs.


As such, most of today’s PCBs are pushing, if not exceeding, the limits of classic board design. In mobile telecom, for example, interconnect and board dimensions are shrinking rapidly, while designs are utilizing fewer, but more complex (and higher pin-count) components. At the same time, boards for networking and computer applications are getting larger, with more interconnect and plane layers.


In order to produce higher quality, more-complex products, quicker and more cost-effectively than their competition, companies are taking inventory of their PCB design tools. Understanding which tools best support the needs of design teams is key to determining the proper infrastructure investment, required services, support structure and intellectual skill set of the company.


Advanced functionality already exists in today’s leading design tools to solve current and future design challenges. Therefore, companies effectively utilizing the proper design tools (or combination of tools) have an advantage over those companies using dated technology to design their boards—the inherent ability to automatically solve design challenges without workarounds or short-term, inefficient solutions.


This paper discusses current and future trends in high-speed design; PCB fabrication, design and interconnect; FPGA-on-board integration; team design; and library, constraint and data management—addressing challenges and solutions associated with each area and the underlying PCB design industry.



This document is writen by John Isaac and David Wiens, from Mentor Graphics.

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