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SimplifyDA Launches SimplifyPLANR Bundle Route Planning ApplicationMay 23, 2019 | SimplifyDA
Estimated reading time: Less than a minute
It is not uncommon for an engineer to provide bundle routing flows to the designer. These flows can be hand-drawn images on a napkin, a Word document, or maybe a PowerPoint slide. All of these methods have one thing in common, they are inefficient.
In order to streamline the creation of these bundle routing groups, SimplifyDA has released the SimplifyPLANR application. SimplifyPLANR accomplishes this by:
- Adding/removing nets
- Specifying routing layers per group
- Specifying desired routing path
- Providing unique colors for each group
- Saving flows for use in the SimplifyPCB router
- Performing multiple “what-if” scenarios to verify routing path is possible
(Routes are not saved; SimplifyPCB is required to save routing)
- Examining layout DSN files
- Best of all, it does not tie up a license of the corporate layout application
SimplifyPLANR is currently being offered free of charge. Visit simplifyda.com to request and download a license.
SimplifyDA provides robust, cutting-edge topology PCB and package autorouters. By implementing algorithms which closely mimic hand-routing techniques, SimplifyDA provides the best-in-class results, leading to enhanced productivity.
An attorney at DesignCon? I wasn’t sure I heard that right either, but it’s true. I sat down for an interview with international trade lawyer James Kim of ArentFox Schiff LLP. James was at the show to present a session entitled “Chips, Batteries & Charging Stations,” which highlights the Biden administration’s steps to secure the supply chain for the EV industry. James gave me a quick primer on international tariffs and trade laws, and much more.
One of my great joys as a grandfather of eight is spending time with them at the park. It doesn't take too long until I'm getting stuck on a slide that is too small for me or on the seesaw, with me on one side and them trying to lift me. At that point, they learn some harsh lessons in physics and how heavy Grandpa really is. A seesaw is a relatively simple device, but it’s a great way to explain a rather complex concept in PCB design: design tradeoffs. Each decision made throughout a design comes with inherent pros and cons.
It’s easy to get distracted in an election year. A constant stream of polls, primaries, and political prognostications will surely dominate the media cycle. Elections are important, but they should not distract the 118th Congress from the important work of securing our fragile supply chains and rebuilding microelectronics manufacturing capacity on our own shores.
An important but sometimes overlooked aspect of flex and rigid-flex fabrication and assembly is the flex circuit tail, which is attached to a rigid PCB with pressure-sensitive conductive adhesives. This sub-assembly is becoming very common. We often see this applied to glass displays and microelectronic applications.
What often surprises me when working with contract manufacturers (CMs) is that many of them, especially the ones earning less than $25 million a year, have not done much planning for more business and their futures. I’ve realized that many started to build a specific sub-assembly as offshoots of a larger company.