Chapter 10

Computer assistance in electronics

Drawing a circuit diagram, analysing the action, and subsequently planning and drawing the silk-screen outlines and the copper track plan for a printed circuit board are activities that are rightly regarded as monotonous and liable to error when they are done by the traditional methods. For a considerable time it has been possible for the larger manufacturer to use computers, mainframe or mini, to aid these actions, but at a cost that would be unacceptable for the small-scale designer or the educational user. The standardization of the PC type of machine and the remarkable amount of computing power that modern examples (using the Pentium or equivalent chips) can achieve now bring computer-aided drawing ...

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