Dear Mr. Lomax,

that would be good news, but is there any chance in getting this a little
more precise? I am doing a board just now which will be routed in 2 weeks
or so, and we are at this moment in the process of deciding whether to
spend another $20,000 for upgrading our elderly SPECCTRA license to V.10
with most available options. If I new some more details about the features
of the new Protel router version, this would help a lot. Most important:
Will the autorouter follow the PCB design rules (it ignores most of the
rules in the up-to-date version)? Will it support autorouting of blind and
buried vias, a must in dense fpBGA designs?

Any additional information will be appreciated!


Gisbert Auge
N.A.T. GmbH

Abd ul-Rahman Lomax <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> on 04.05.2001 22:56:00

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At 09:06 AM 5/4/01 +0100, [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:
>But, when talking about SPECCTRA,
>did you find an alternative similarly mighty? I would appreciate to find
>one, as we need to upgrade our SPECCTRA license just now and their prices
>are extreme.

How about Protel a few months from now?

The rumor is that Protel will soon be issuing a service pack with a major
autorouter overhaul. A Protel employee indicated to me that he had used it
and it was comparable to Specctra.

Now, this is *rumor.* My memory might be bad, the employee might be
exaggerating. But I think any Protel licensee who is now considering
Specctra should be aware of the possibility that this rumor is true.

After all, the price is right. If it does come out as a service pack, it's
free to existing licensees. It might explain the coming price rise. An
improved router would definitely be worth $2K more.

Abdulrahman Lomax
P.O. Box 690
El Verano, CA 95433

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