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What type of  board-level tools be welcomed?

Question asked by yu.yanfeng on Nov 25, 2008
Latest reply on Feb 3, 2009 by yu.yanfeng


Next  generation Board-level tool suite should cover every aspects of board design, such as desing entry, physical P/R, SI/PI simulation, Thermal simulation, data output and DFx check and FPGA design, also supporting the collaboraiton. To make those tools work seamleslly,  unified data model is a must, also tools have similiar GUI to easy of use.  Is there a board-level tool suite similiar to Microsoft Office? Is there an EDA infrastrure similair to Microsoft Backoffice?



As a user, I wish this type of board-level tool suite emerge soon and wish EDA vendor to dopt XML as the data format, to adopt  SQL Database as the backbore. I believe that only the tool vendor who do revolution wil be the winner.