During the past several years, we have witnessed an unparalleled wave of technological innovation, followed by rapid market adoption. Spurred on by global competitive pressures, new product introductions have come fast and furiously. Sustaining this blistering pace means decreasing both the time and cost of product design cycles. To successfully collapse design cycles in this way, manufacturers must achieve a significant increase in productivity—the holy grail of the technology-driven marketplace. It follows that design tools must also become more productive to facilitate attainment of this goal. This paper discusses the market drivers leading to tool innovations and a few results, including: high-density routing, high-speed design, and PCB design environments.

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