At some point, almost every company designing or manufacturing electronic products needs to translate schematic and PCB design data to handle client data, work with valued partners, deal with company acquisitions, resolve problems encountered with existing tools, or simply explore options for changing design requirements.

But the thought of losing libraries of schematic symbols, PCB footprints, and design data is a painful one. The investment made in creating them, and the value they pose in terms of future reuse possibilities, is simply too great to risk losing. As a result, many companies delay using, or even evaluating, other design solutions.

This paper describes how EDA companies are addressing these needs and what to look for in a good schematic or PCB translator.

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