PCB Design Software - simultaneous electronic & thermal design - Embedded.com

PCB Design Software – simultaneous electronic & thermal design

In a Jan 2004 survey, 84% of mechanical engineers in electronics companies approved Flomerics ' latest software concept, “FLO/PCB”, which provides a multi-disciplinary design environment for optimising conceptual design of printed-circuit boards, and enables electronic engineers to take account of thermal design constraints directly.

FLO/PCB promotes a conceptual design process that starts with a functional block diagram, and enables Systems Architects, Hardware Designers, and Mechanical/Thermal engineers to collaborate in a common design environment. A single mouse-click toggles between three different views of the board; the functional block diagram; the physical layout; and the thermal analysis. Changes made in one view are instantly reflected in the others, keeping all team members “in sync” and enabling them to contribute to the design concept development in real time.

The result is pre-optimised designs in less time, and drastic reductions in rework costs as product marketing, electrical, mechanical, and thermal issues are solved before detailed design starts. The first full release is shipping now.

Flomerics Ltd , Hampton Court, Surrey KT8 9HH, UK.

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