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Electronic design refers to the process of selecting and arranging electronic components in order to create an analogue electronic circuit that performs some sort of signal processing task. Alternately, electronic design may deal with the design of integrated circuits, more commonly known as microchips, which are comprised of semiconductor materials, and used in digital applications.
The design of analogue electronics relies heavily on the use of mathematical rules to simulate the outcome of a combination of devices. Electronic design software is available to handle the mathematical aspects of the design process, removing an extremely tedious aspect. Other software solutions are available to aid in arranging the physical layout of printed circuit boards (PCB), so that actual components can be arranged in a convenient manner that offers suitable mechanical support.
The design of digital electronics deals with converting the concept of what the chip is to do into a structured logical process that a machine can process using a binary approach.