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Comparison of five mainstream pcb software
2021-09-23
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Author:Aure

Comparison of five mainstream pcb software


1. Protel

    Now push AltiumDesigner. The mainstream of domestic low-end design is basically unused abroad. Simple and easy to learn, suitable for beginners, easy to use; it takes up more system resources and requires higher computer configuration. There is still a considerable market for people who use protel in China. After all, the hardware circuit board design of small and medium-sized companies is mostly low-end.

2. Mentor EE

    Mentor’s PCB design tools are designed to experience Expedition’s design ideas. Most hardware engineers, probably the most used PCB design is Protel. Therefore, when using Expedition to do PCB design, they will unconsciously compare the two design ideas. In terms of the above, there is no difference between the two, both are symbolic encapsulation interconnection relationships, but in terms of specific form, Expedition is more detailed than Protel.



Comparison of five mainstream pcb software


3. Mentor WG

    Slightly inferior to CADENCE, but it is also a top-level tool, aimed at high-end circuit design, and also has its own simulation tool. It's just that there are relatively few support providers in China, not as much as Cadence. I won’t mention the others, and few people use them. If you rarely do high-speed boards, it is recommended to use pads, after all, it is relatively easy to learn. If you often do high-speed boards, it is recommended to choose Cadence and MENTOR EE. Cadence and MENTOR EE are used for high-speed boards in China. In addition, because it is popular, there are more people who communicate with each other when studying. Many big companies use it, and the salary of Protel and Cadence allegro is different.

Four, Cadence Allegro

    The actual industry standard in high-speed board design is superior in any aspect. The PCB Layout tool is absolutely top-notch. After a little familiarity, I no longer want to use other tools. The layout is super cool. Simulation is also very good, has its own simulation tools, signal integrity simulation, power integrity simulation can be done. It firmly occupies a dominant position in making pcb high-speed boards. You know, 60% of computer motherboards and 40% of mobile phone motherboards in the world are drawn by Allegro!

Five, Mentor Pads

    PADS software is also used by a lot of people, easy to use, easy to use, personally feel that it is many times better than Protel. Suitable for mid-to-high-end design, it can be called the king of mid-range. Now the world's most widely used eda software is suitable for the needs of most large, medium and small enterprises. There is no simulation in itself. When making a high-speed board, it must be combined with other special simulation tools, such as hyperlynx.

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