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Design environment tool targets PCB, module design

Posted: 22 May 2015     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:NI  PCB  module design  DRC tool 

National Instruments (NI, formerly AWR Corp.) has unveiled its latest NI AWR Design Environment flow that allows integration with Design Workshop Technologies' (DWT) design-rule checking (DRC) and/or layout vs. schematic (LVS) tools for PCB and module design. According to the company, the AWR Connected for DWT DRC and LVS flow can run in one of two ways: in the full view/DWT user-interface (UI) mode or transparently from within the Microwave Office UI.

The AWR Connected for DWT DRC module is a full-featured DRC tool capable of complex layout rule checks that can be used as a sign-off tool. It is geared to handle all angle geometries (such as curved structures found in many PCB and module designs), making it extremely flexible and capable of locating errors. In addition, the integrated AWR Connected for DWT error viewer option makes it easy for users to find and fix layout faults, stated the company.

The AWR Connected for DWT LVS module claims to provide designers with an efficient tool for detecting network mismatches occurring in the physical layout of microwave monolithic integrated circuit (MMIC), PCB and module designs. Capable of extracting common devices such as metal oxide semiconductor field-effect transistors (MOSFETS), bipolar junction transistors (BJTs), diodes, capacitors and resistors, as well as generic user-defined devices and spiral inductors, AWR Connected for DWT LVS produces an easy-to-understand report, which lists all sources of discrepancies it detects between the layout-generated netlist and the original netlist. Lastly, the integrated error viewer, as used for DRC, is even more effective for finding and fixing LVS errors due to the cross-probing capability, noted NI.

AWR Connected for DWT is available.





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