Daryl,
        welcome to the Protel(ooops, Altium) club. We all meet here
regularly to lick our wounds, share war stories and generally commiserate
about our problems. You will make a suitably good initiate candidate, you
seem to have passed all the tests. 8^>
        Seriously, I would warn you against looking for wonderful
performance increases from going to dual processors. There are things to be
said for dual processors but it doesn't necessarily make Protel that much
better. Some of the problems that I have experienced which seem performance
based have also been experienced by others using much faster CPUs or even
dual CPUs if my memory serves me correctly. It seems that Protel has
discovered ways to thwart nearly all performance increase attempts. There is
nothing but the eventual event timeout which will bring the sleeping/looping
processes back to life, and it seems to be timer related rather then
performance speed related. That's my feeling anyway, some other more
knowledgeable people may disagree but others experience my same issues and
problems with much beefier machines. They have saved me from stamping my
feet up and down and yelling for a better machine only to find the problems
may not disappear.

Brad Velander,
Lead PCB Designer,
Norsat International Inc.,
#300 - 4401 Still Creek Dr.,
Burnaby, B.C., V5C 6G9.
Tel. (604) 292-9089 direct
Fax (604) 292-9010
website www.norsat.com


> -----Original Message-----
> From: Darryl Newberry [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED]]
> Sent: Tuesday, August 07, 2001 12:49 PM
> To: 'Protel EDA Forum'
> Subject: Re: [PEDA] Signal Integrity dialog locks up.
> 
> 
> OK, thanks everybody for your input on this issue. The list 
> is a really
> great resource.
> 
<SNIP>
> 
> My apologies to those who have an irrational emotional 
> attachment to Protel.
> When I commit $$$$, I want results. I know it's not an apples-apples
> comparison, but Specctra V10 routed the entire board 100%, in 
> 5 passes over
> 2 layers, with more or less fab-ready results, in about 20 
> seconds, using
> the default configuration. This gave me a warm fuzzy feeling, 
> even when
> considering we blew almost $11K on it with all the bells and 
> whistles. 
> 
> Now for another couple of questions: 
> 1) Can anybody recommend a professional level SI/EMI 
> simulator add-in/on
> that integrates with either Protel or Specctra--one that 
> actually works? 
> 
> 2) Since I have to keep on using Protel, should I get a dual CPU
> workstation? What specs for W2K?
> 
> Darryl Newberry
> Hardware Engineer
> Freedom Scientific, Inc
> 2850 SE Market Pl
> Stuart FL 34997
> (561) 223-6443 
> http://www.freedomscientific.com

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