robertferanec , 05-27-2023, 12:20 AM
some time ago I was working on an autoroute video where I wanted to try and compare different autorouters from different CAD softwares. The results were so bad, that I decided do not finish the video. For example, I deleted four tracks from a finished complex layout and none of the autorouters was able to route these four tracks back.
you may be able to use these tools if you have a lot of space on the board, but honestly, if you have a lot of space it means it will be easy to route it also for you. these tools suppose to help with large designs where you would need a lot of time to connect everything, but real complex designs are hard to route - it's not like shown in the marketing materials.
I don't think the conventional autorouters / active route are super successful - otherwise they would be already massively used. Simply, the old algorithms and approach is not good enough to be able to create a good aoutorouter.
But let's see what will happen when AI will be included in the process.