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May 23, 2019 

Altium’s Craig Arcuri on Design Rules: Past, Present, and Future

Andy Shaughnessy, Design007 Magazine

We recently spoke with Altium’s Craig Arcuri about his views on design and manufacturing rules. Craig has experience running both design and manufacturing companies, so he has a fairly circumspect view of constraints from both sides of the product realization process. In this interview, Craig details some of the challenges with setting and managing hundreds of often divergent design and manufacturing rules, and how both design and manufacturing constraints need to evolve to better serve all of the stakeholders in PCB design.

Andy Shaughnessy: Craig, there seems to be a lot of disagreement about design and manufacturing rules, and it seems that there’s not much agreement on best practices... More >

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Words of Advice: When do You Get Involved in the PCB Design Cycle?

In a recent survey, we asked the following question: Where in the process do you typically get involved with a design project? Here are a few of the answers, edited slightly for clarity.

  1. Making library parts, then generally not until most of the schematic is complete. My main job is layout.
  2. When “they” decide what “they” want.
  3. For me as a service bureau, it starts when the schematic is either complete or close enough to get the work started. For some long term customers, I'm asked to join in on the planning.
  4. When the schematic is done, and they ask, “Can you make all of this stuff fit into a box this big?”
  5. Typically kickoff meetings decide who does what, schedule, and expectations. And then a design study for feasibility and layout.

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Beyond Design: Fast and Accurate Transmission Line Modeling

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The ability to simulate complex PCB design has become a critical factor in the success of a project. Today’s high-speed processors and SERDES interfaces coupled with sometimes unrealistic time-to-market requirements are pushing design teams toward more nimble development processes. However, there is no point in completing a design on time if it does not work!

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Current Design007 Magazine Table of Contents

Design Rules

We’ve heard a lot about design rules lately, from designers and manufacturers alike. There just doesn’t seem to be much agreement about design rules: how to set them, manage them, and validate them. We’ve seen how the IC segment has standardized its design rules process; is this sort of alignment possible in PCB design? For this issue, we spoke with a number of design and manufacturing experts about design rules and constraints...
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Design Rules Recipe: Solvability, Manufacturability, and Performance, a conversation with Mike Creeden, Freedom CAD Services
Design Rules, Simulations, and Analyses, an excerpt from The Printed Circuit Designer’s Guide to… Executing Complex PCBs
High-speed PCB Design Constraints by Barry Olney
Altium’s Craig Arcuri on Design Rules: Past, Present, and Future, a conversation with Craig Arcuri
Mentor’s EDA Perspective on Managing Design Rules, a conversation with Dave Wiens and Mike Santarini
Rules Keep You from Crossing the Line by Tim Haag
Board Negotiations: Design Rules and Tolerances by Mark Thompson

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