A Comparative Analysis of Computer-Aided Design Tools for Complex Power Electronics Systems

Critical comparison among the most prominent computer-aided design tools for PCB design with particular attention to applications related to power devices.



“Companies working on semiconductors must currently assure the customers of not only the performance of the semiconductor device per se, but also its performance when it is implemented in a real board, therefore including the role of parasitic effects. It is therefore very important to evaluate, especially during the design phase, not only the single device, but the complete board and their mutual interactions. This consideration opens a new area of investigation in the field of electronic systems engineering. In the current literature, the problem of a software evaluation of parasitic dynamics and electromagnetic effects on printed boards is addressed from the point of view of researchers. Moreover, it is fundamental to have a complete view of the various tools that could be usefully adopted from the perspective of manufacturers. This is the main motivation of this technical note, which performs a comparative analysis of the most prominent software tools for printed circuit boards’ (PCBs) simulation. The main features, the key aspects, and the limitations of the software packages are analyzed in terms of the industrial design of power electronics devices, in order to ensure efficiency and fastness in the semiconductor market.”

View this open access  technical paper here. Published 11/2021.

Bucolo, M.; Buscarino, A.; Fortuna, L.; Famoso, C.; Frasca, M.; Cucuccio, A.; Rasconà, G.; Vinci, G. A Comparative Analysis of Computer-Aided Design Tools for Complex Power Electronics Systems.Energies 2021, 7729.

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