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Premiere issue of Printed Circuit Design published in September by PMSI.
Omation Inc. (Schema) founded.
Pacific Numerix Corp. founded.
RedCAD system launched by Racal-Redac.
AutoTRAX Software founded.
Mentor Graphics acquires CADI; hires John Cooper from IBM (later of Cooper & Chyan).
Lavenir Technologi Inc. founded by Max Henzi and Marius Matioc.
Mentor Graphics introduces Board Station.
OrCAD Systems Corp. founded.
Protel International Pty Ltd. founded by Nick Martin (above); later becomes Altium.
Racal-Redac releases Visula, a UNIX-based PCB design system.
Alan Finch (below) and three coauthors propose a gridless method for designing fine-line printed circuit board.
Use of PCs to design PCBs is becoming a more common practice, although many saw CAD systems as cost prohibitive. Surface-mount technology (SMT) was seen as a technology for the 1990s.
Automatic digitizing systems become available.
Electronics industry takes a downturn.