March 16, 2011 -- The myriad challenges of designing a chip on its own range from functional correctness to power and signal integrity and manufacturability. Chips do not exist in isolation. Instead, they must be integrated into a system context both electrically and mechanically. Moreover, chips must be packaged and then attached to a circuit board. While chip/ package/ printed-circuit board (PCB) co-design does offer challenges, tools and methodologies are available to designers in pursuit of design closure.
By David Maliniak, Electronic Design Magazine Senior Editor.
This brief introduction has been excerpted from the original copyrighted article.