Tagged: Autorouting

Autorouting DesignerHistorically, autorouting has been quicker than manual routing, but the perception was that the results were often not fit or did not look the same as manual routing results. At the same time, setting up the router is perceived as a black art, or near impossible requiring an expert in the autorouting tools. But autorouting has now truly come of age; since the birth of the world’s first concurrent autorouter introduced by Zuken in 2004.

E3.series Panel Autoconnect

Panel Autoconnect: Optimizing an Enclosure using Autorouting in E3.series

This tip explains how to use Panel Autoconnect to define wire lengths in E3.series. After a schematic is defined and units are placed in E3.panel, Panel Autoconnect finds the shortest path for the connections defined in the schematic. If units are moved in panel, the length information is updated across modules, allowing users to optimize the enclosure to minimize wire lengths.

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A Tribute to Alan Finch, the Father of Gridless Autorouting

Today I write with a sad heart about the passing of EDA giant, Alan Finch, a long-time colleague at Racal-Redac and then Zuken, a man who was highly thought of by so many. He was a routing guru who had legendary status, renowned for pioneering a concept that changed the way the EDA industry sees autorouting. He published a paper (with K.J. Mackenzie, G.J. Balsdon, and G. Symonds) entitled “The case for gridless automatic routers” and developed the algorithm that was at the heart of the first gridless router, launched in 1986.