The complexity of the printed circuit board (PCB) design flow now rivals the integrated circuit (IC) design process, with design teams facing a multitude of challenges across a variety of disciplines. When integrating field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) onto a printed circuit board, PCB designers need to swap pins on the FPGA, schematic designers need a quick means for creating high pin count FPGA symbols, and FPGA designers need to pick the I/O standard that has minimal effect on the PCB, and so on.

This paper discusses how designers and engineers from all realms can work together as a team, using the specialized tools of the PADS flow to automate, communicate, and complete each step of the process.

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