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Zuken’s CADSTAR 12.1 PCB Design Software Cuts Engineering Costs

Aug 18, 2010

CADSTAR 12.1: Expanding the role of PCB design

CADSTAR 12.1: Expanding the role of PCB design

Munich, Germany and Westford, MA, USA – Zuken has today announced version 12.1 of CADSTAR, the desktop PCB design suite. Amidst the call for companies to tighten their belts as they climb out of recession, CADSTAR brings new functionality that helps cut design and manufacturing costs. The CADSTAR team has been focused on making customer’s design functionality requirements come true, with new functionality for advanced library management and signal integrity verification, ECAD MCAD integration, and improved high-speed routing – at an accessible, affordable price.

Cut your costs and get it right first time

Maintaining large libraries can be a time-consuming task. It is now much simpler and quicker because the data can be stored in an ODBC-compliant data source. Verification tools for getting designs right-the-first-time are easier as the signal integrity and electromagnetic compatibility modules (SI Verify signal integrity and EMC Adviser) are seamlessly integrated into CADSTAR. This eliminates the need for external net or component lists, exchanging of files, or translators – improving the reliability of design results and speeding-up the process.

Better mechanical integration with Board Modeler Lite module

The ECAD MCAD integration module within CADSTAR called Board Modeler Lite has been improved allowing users to create detailed 3D models of components with the 3D model generator. The creation of detailed 3D models by MCAD teams can be time consuming and the only alternative is to source the data from the internet, where only a handful of component suppliers provide detailed 3D models. This unique 3D model generator is not only easy to use, accurate and fast; the wizards create detailed 3D models for almost any electronic component.

For design teams working on boards where space is tight this functionality has become mission critical.

"Board Modeler Lite is a vital tool for us, as we design many boards for the mobile industry where devices need to be as thin as possible, meaning that tolerances are very tight," explained Eero Leinonen, Director from Inca Systems Oy.

"The boards themselves also need to follow the housing contour, with curves, indents and keep-out areas. We are able to test boards within the test fixture and Board Modeler Lite also allows us feed the exact 3D data from the PCB to the 3D design environment," added Leinonen.

It’s fast, it’s high-speed and it’s routing

Whether you have global design operations or are a one-man band, high-speed routing is likely a necessity. Zuken, renowned for their industry-leading routing capabilities, has incorporated more of its sophisticated routing functions into CADSTAR, including Smart and Intelligent Fan-Out Routing for BGAs and FPGAs. For those working on mixed signal boards, true star-point routing is supported in both the Design Editor and Place & Route Editor (P.R.Editor) tools. With the star-point capability, a designer can connect the different GNDs without producing DRC errors!

CADSTAR 12.1 is now available, for more information contact your local CADSTAR distributor or visit http://www.zuken/cadstar

CADSTAR is Zuken’s powerful PCB design solution allowing an intuitive workflow, guiding the designers easily through their design process. CADSTAR incorporates all the technologies necessary for a complete electronic development process in one environment. From schematics, board- and FPGA-level system design, PCB layout, high-speed and signal integrity, analysis, 3D, creation of manufacturing output, complemented by complete data management capabilities and extensive internet-accessible libraries containing over 250,000 components. Its price-performance, coupled with a scalable design environment, provides total flexibility to engineers of small- to mid-size EDA development teams.

Zuken works globally with leading companies to optimize their electrical and electronic engineering design and related manufacturing processes through the provision of leading-edge software and consulting services. The company’s unique combination of proven experience, technological expertise and agility creates best in class solutions. Zuken’s transparent working practices and belief in integrity in all aspects of business produce long lasting and successful customer partnerships.

Zuken’s robust market position is reinforced by an established position in the industry with over 30 years experience, and solid financial foundations. As a stable multinational company, listed on Tier 1 of the Tokyo Stock Exchange, Zuken is able to remain focused on being a long-term innovation and growth partner. The security of an investment by partnering with Zuken is further reinforced by the company’s people - the foundation of Zuken’s success. Coming from a wide range of industry sectors, specializing in many different disciplines and advanced technologies, Zuken’s people are able to relate to and understand each company’s unique requirements.

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