From: "Lukas Louw"
Subject: Re: PCB package under $4k
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NNTP-Posting-Date: Tue, 21 Jan 2003 11:47:02 GMT
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Date: Tue, 21 Jan 2003 11:47:02 GMT
I used to think the same, Jean. Most of the work I do is analog, mix of low
and high power, switchmode supplies and so on.
Autorouters have improved to the point where I will throw it the low current
stuff, and then clean up by hand. Just did a design that would have taken me
at least 3 days to lay out by hand. I let the autorouter rip at it, took it
all of 2 minutes, and then spent maybe 4 hours cleaning and prettying up. It
now looks like a fully handrouted piece of art, I saved myself 2 days of
work, and the client a bunch of money.
The high current parts of designs I still route manually, there is just way
too much intuitive interaction required, and autorouters have a ways to go,
"> No, for my money, it's much better to lay every track by hand. Praise
> God for those designers who have done it thusly so far, and shame on
> those who seek to delegate that art to their software in the future !!
> Of course, if AI goes on forever it will KNOW ALL, DO ALL, etc. but
> where's the place for us in that world ? I'll have lived too long if
> that's what it all comes to...
> So Chris, all the best,
> Jean Lestrale, W2FGV