Our PCB layout engineers not only know how to use a layout tool, they also have an in-depth understanding of everything that is happening inside the boards. Due to the great diversity of projects we have lots of experience with digital boards that contain high speed interfaces. If you have a processor (CPU), FPGA, or system on a chip (SoC) on your board, in combination with DDR3 or DDR4 memory, and other high speed interfaces such as USB3, PCI Express or Gigabit Ethernet, we can help you.
PCB technology decisions
The development of a board starts by making the right PCB technology decisions: how many layers, what materials, which type of vias, et cetera. Then we start the placement: what is the correct way to place the components on the board? Of course mechanical interfaces are important, but the components must also be positioned correctly for optimal operation. Afterwards, the tracks that connect the components is drawn, which is particularly important for high speed connections.
Less layout iterations
Our PCB layout engineers work closely together with our analysis experts. During a project, and even before we start with the layout, we provide feedback on the design as a result of the analysis outcomes and we implement the advice into the design. By performing analyzes early in the design phase, we ensure that fewer layout iterations are needed. In addition, the layout experts gain a great deal of expertise through this way of working.
Our layout engineers also work closely together with the hardware engineers. The purpose of this collaboration is to understand exactly what the characteristics of the different signals are and how the different components are used. Only in this way we are able to design a board that actually works as intended. During the project, the layout engineer and the hardware engineer work together on a regular basis for an optimum transfer.
If we can choose ourselves, we use the Mentor Graphics Xpedition toolflow, because it offers the most advanced options for creating complex designs. In addition, we can work in the customer’s standard toolflow. We have experience with Altium, Cadence, Zuken and Pads Pro.