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Evaluation of EDA tools for electronic development and a study of PLM for future development businesses
Linköping University, Department of Science and Technology, Physics and Electronics. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
2013 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Electronic Design Automation (EDA) tools are today very capable computer programs supporting electronic engineers with the design of printed circuit board (PCB). All tools have their strengths and weaknesses; when choosing the right tool many factors needs to be taken into consideration aside from the tools themselves. Companies need to focus on the product and revenues for a business to be viable. Depending on the knowledge and strengths of the company, the choice of tools varies. The decision should be based on the efficiency of the tools and the functions necessity for the company rather than the price tags. The quality and availability of support for the tools, training costs, how long will it take to put the tool in operation and present or future collaboration partners is equally important factors when deciding the right tool. The absence of experience and knowledge of the current tool within a company is a factor which could affect important operation; therefore it is important to provide training and education on how to use the tool to increase its efficiency. Providing training and education can be a large expense, but avoids changes within and makes the business competitive. The choice of EDA tool should be based on the employed engineer’s current knowledge and experience of the preferred tool. If the employed engineer’s knowledge and experience varies too much, it might be preferable to make a transition to one of the tool by training and education. Product lifecycle management (PLM) is a data management system and business activity management system which focuses on the lifecycle of a product. To manage the lifecycle of a product it is necessary to split the lifecycle into stages and phases for a more manageable and transparent workflow. By overseeing a product’s entire lifecycle there are benefits which affects many areas. PLM greatest benefits for EDA are collaboration across separate groups and companies by working together through a PLM platform, companies can forge strong design chains that combine their best capabilities to deliver the product to the customers. This report is a study on evaluating which EDA suits the company with consideration of the employed engineer’s demands, requests and competence. The interests in PLM made the company suggest a short theory study on PLM and EDA benefits.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. , 92 p.
Keyword [en]
Evaluation, EDA, PLM, Schematic, Footprint, PCB, CAD, CAM, CAE, Design rules, GERBER, BOM, Electronic
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Other Engineering and Technologies not elsewhere specified
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-104011ISRN: LiU-ITN-TEK-A--13/071--SEOAI: diva2:694377
Subject / course
Electrical Engineering
Available from: 2014-02-06 Created: 2014-02-06 Last updated: 2014-02-27Bibliographically approved

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