IC vendors should make edge rates easily available for inclusion in PCB design libraries.

PCB layout will eventually be fully automated. Although the effectiveness of automated place-and-route algorithms has declined over the years as designs became more complex, all the ECAD companies have been successfully automating other areas of the design process.

Now the age of artificial intelligence (AI) for ECAD has arrived. Jitx, DeepPCB, Luminovo and Celus already have design-related products using AI. Zuken, Mentor, Altium and Cadence have ongoing development projects applying AI methods. Many obstacles must be overcome. Yet an aspect of PCB layout is ripe for automation today, even without AI.

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