For years, PCB designers have shown little concern over the fabrication analysis of bare PCBs. That job was left to bare-board suppliers. This was due, in no small part, to the fact that most EDA tools lacked the sophisticated rule and checking routines necessary to perform thorough fabrication analysis.

But all that has changed as companies build functionality and features into their electronic equipment that enables them to differentiate, gain, and maintain a market edge. As a result, Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs) are getting more complex, dense, and difficult to manufacture.

The better EDA tools have developed in sync with this need, ensuring that PCBs are designed and verified based on electrical design rules specified by engineering.

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