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PCB board designer a simulator?

Discussion in 'General Electronics Chat' started by spinnaker, Nov 22, 2009.

  1. spinnaker

    Thread Starter AAC Fanatic!

    Oct 29, 2009
    Considering rhe extremely complex nature of modern PCB board design. I was wondering if some PCB designer software also included a simulator to test that the board will actually work as designed?
  2. SgtWookie


    Jul 17, 2007
    It would certainly be expensive, and certainly not freeware.

    I don't know if even Altium Designer performs such simulations, and that software cost about $10,000 USD as of several years ago when I looked at it.
  3. spinnaker

    Thread Starter AAC Fanatic!

    Oct 29, 2009
    Yes I realize it would be expensive. Probably hugely expensive.

    I was just thinking about how companies that build complex system boards do it. I would think they would like to know that the board is going to work before having them printed up.

    The company I used to work for years ago had some boards printed up. After they got them back, they realized there was a problem. I can remember seeing the assemblers drilling, wire patching and what ever to get them right.
  4. bluebrakes

    Senior Member

    Oct 17, 2009
    multisim from national instruments seems to be best, but it costs ££££s