Chapter 1

Introduction to printed circuit board design and computer-aided design


In this chapter, we look at how printed circuit boards (PCBs) are manufactured for a better understanding of what we are trying to accomplish with OrCAD PCB Editor and why. Before digging into the details of PCB Editor, we take a moment to discuss computer-aided engineering (CAE) tools in general. CAE tools cover all aspects of engineering design from drawings to analysis to manufacturing. Computer-aided design (CAD) is a category of CAE related to the physical layout and drawing development of a system design. CAD programs specific to the electronics industry are known as electronic CAD or electronic design automation (EDA). EDA tools reduce development time ...

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