New software technology has been developed that enables effective parallel design of a circuit board. This technology enables multiple designers, processes and heterogeneous tools to work on the same design database simultaneously and achieve significant gains in design productivity. But, unlike classical divide-and-conquer methods that break down a design into pieces and operate on them independently, this new technology enables concurrent progress on a common database, automatically synchronizing changes and resolving conflicts — a first in the EDA industry. This paper focuses on the methods and applications of new parallel design technology that offers a novel paradigm for circuit board design. Topics include:

  • Review of design problems and concurrent methods
  • Parallel design architecture

Applying the parallel design technology to:

  • Layout
  • Autorouting
  • Circuit and Board Design
  • System Design

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