AI-Assisted Routing in PCB Design

Tech Tip: Streamline Circuit Board Design with AI-Assisted Routing in Design Force


Introduction to AI-Assisted Routing in PCB Design

The technological landscape is ever-changing, and one field where we can observe this constant innovation is PCB design. A key aspect of PCB design is routing, which establishes paths for electrical currents to flow. Routing can be a meticulous and complex task, but it has become more straightforward thanks to cutting-edge developments. Here’s where CR-8000 Design Force comes into play, incorporating AI-Assisted Routing in PCB Design. With its advanced AI capabilities, Design Force has introduced innovative solutions to make routing efficient and seamless.

Mimic Routing and Active 45: A Powerful Combination

One such solution is the combined use of Mimic Routing and Active 45. These powerful tools employ artificial intelligence to route similar circuits simultaneously. Mimic Routing and Active 45 are particularly advantageous when dealing with boards with similar circuits.

Unveiling the Magic: Mimic Discover Pin Patterns

To understand how it works, let’s dive deeper. The feature called Mimic Discover Pin Patterns works like a charm here. This intelligent tool scans your board and identifies similar circuits that could benefit from Mimic Routing. The beauty is that you can deploy this feature across the entire board or focus it on a small area, depending on your needs.

The Color-Coded Guide: Pin Identification

Once the tool has completed its scan, you’ll notice that the pins are now color-coded. These color codes signify connections and serve as clear visual indicators of the pins that have been earmarked for Mimic Routing.

Implementing the Tools: Active 45 and Mimic Routing

Now, let’s put it all together. When you’re ready to start routing, turn on Active 45 and enable Mimic Routing in the Active 45 GUI. As you begin routing, you’ll see that the same connection is routed simultaneously in a similar circuit. This parallel processing accelerates your design workflow and ensures consistency across similar circuits.

Conclusion: The Impact of AI on PCB Design

In conclusion, AI-assisted routing tools in Design Force, like Mimic Routing and Active 45, are revolutionizing PCB design. By simplifying and expediting the routing process, designers can focus on what matters – creating efficient, innovative, and high-quality circuit designs.

Get Ready: Exciting New AI Features Are Just Around the Corner!

New AI-assisted features are coming! These updates are going to change the game in PCB design. Trust us; you’ll want to see what’s coming up. 

Further Learning: Watch the Tutorial Video

We know practical demonstration often trumps theoretical explanation, so we’ve created a detailed video tutorial for you. It visually demonstrates the entire process and takes you through each step of using these advanced tools in Design Force. Be sure to watch the video to gain a comprehensive understanding of these innovative features and how they can elevate your PCB design experience.

Brian Gilman
Brian Gilman
Applications Engineer
Brian Gilman is an applications engineer at Zuken USA. He started at Zuken in 2009 after spending over 20 years at Invensys.