The field of design automation (DA) technology, also commonly called computer-aided design (CAD) or
computer-aided engineering (CAE), involves developing computer programs to conduct portions of product design and manufacturing on behalf of the designer. Competitive pressures to produce more efficiently new generations of products having improved function and performance are motivating the growing importance of DA. Advances in microelectronic technology enable over 1 million devices to be manufactured on an integrated circuit that is smaller than a postage stamp. Today, the electronic design automation (EDA) industry is an international business with a well-established and expanding technical base. EDA will be examined by presenting an overview of the following areas: Design entry, Synthesis, Verification, Physical design, and Test.