What is Electronic Design Automation?

Electronic Design Automation (EDA) is a specific category of hardware, software, services and processes that use computer-aided design to develop complex electronic systems like printed circuit boards, integrated circuits and microprocessors. The dense packing of elements onto a circuit board or microprocessor requires highly complex designs and EDA software has largely replaced manual circuit board and semiconductor design with automated, standardized processes that facilitate rapid development, while minimizing bugs, defects, and other design errors.

Why is Electronic Design Automation Important?

As designs have grown increasingly complicated, EDA software has become very important for developers involved in the production of printed circuit boards (PCB) and other circuit boards. If something goes wrong in the design process, electricity may not flow through the circuit correctly, rendering it dysfunctional. EDA software allows developers to design, model, simulate, test, and analyze circuit designs to identify potential issues before they enter production. EDA software also includes design reusability features that help simplify the design process.

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