EL SEGUNDO, CA -- The United States Patent and Trademark Office has issued AWR Corp. a patent for "automatic creation of vias in electrical circuit design."

Patent number 8,086,991, issued Dec. 27, addresses a methodology of creating and detecting crossings of conductive traces on different layers of an integrated circuit or printed circuit board.

"By connecting traces on different layers using automatically created via structures so as not to short circuit other net traces, errors are eliminated and design cycles reduced when compared to a manual design scheme of inserting via connections," said Dr. Joseph Pekarek, AWR founder and inventor.

The original patent application was filed July 25, 2008, and the related feature has been available within AWR's microwave & RF circuit design software.


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