Oh,

You wanted to know if there are similar board to yours out there.....

We have a number of designs on 11"x13" 6 layer + 5 mech.
It has more than 1000 components, populated both sides with several QFPs.

I think you can even see a picture of one of the boards on the web
(The site's bleeding ASP, so I can't give you a 'URL')

www.citel.com
Sitemap:Products:Handset Gateway:Datasheet.pdf

J.


-----Original Message-----
From: Julian Higginson [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED]]
Sent: 16 October 2002 02:31
To: '[EMAIL PROTECTED]'
Subject: [PEDA] Protel99se and win2k fun



Hey all,

I just subscribed, looking for a bit of help if possible.... I have just
started a new job, and I'm taking over an existing design in protel99. Now
I'm very familiar with protel, however I'm getting a bunch of problems....
generally crashing out (have had the whole computer reboot on me once, and I
have had freezes, exceptions, out of range memory accesses, all the fun
stuff)

Basically the computer appears totally underpowered, its a PIII600 with just
128Mb RAM. (We've just found another 128 meg stick lying about and put it in
this computer, which makes it run a bit more smoothly, but it has still
managed to crash) I'm operating on a PCB that is 6 layers and quite large.
(the PCB file is almost 8 meg) Oh, and it has an ATI video card, which I
read about in the archives... hmm... so I spoke to my boss and I'm getting a
new computer to work on, so I'm wondering what kind of specs are necessary?

My guess is I need a good FSB speed more than I need the fastest processor.
I'll need at least 512Mb of RAM. I'll need 7200rpm drive speed, for faster
sustained disk transfers, and I'll need an OK graphics card, but no need for
some super monster 3D engine....

What sort of success has everyone on the list had with their computer
setups?
ie specs vs board size? and are there any manufacturers other than ATI to
avoid?
What features will help with screen redraw speed?
what features will help with DRC time? (about 15 minutes per DRC at the
moment)
How much RAM do I need to throw at the thing to stop it going to swapfiles?


thanks,


Julian

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