Boosting process efficiency in advanced single and multi-board PCB design

CR-8000 is a product-centric design solution that provides the tools to optimize a design at both the product and PCB design level. Credit: Zuken

To meet the industry’s advancing PCB technologies, including high-density and high-speed, multi-board designs, Zuken has introduced CR-8000.

According to Zuken, CR-8000 is a PCB design environment with true system-level engineering and 2D/3D multi-board implementation capabilities. The family of applications spans the complete PCB engineering lifecycle, from system level planning through implementation and design for manufacturability. The CR-8000 environment also includes 3D IC packaging and chip/package/board co-design.

The focus of CR-8000 2018 is on enabling efficient front-loading of design constraints and specifications to the design creation process, coupled with sophisticated placement and routing capabilities for physical layout. Zuken claims this will increase efficiency and ensure quality through streamlined collaboration across the PCB design chain.

Front-loading of design intent from Design Gateway to Design Force has been achieved by adding an enhanced, unified constraint browser for both applications, Zuken adds. This enables hardware engineers to assign topology templates, modify differential signals and assign clearance classes to individual signals.

Using a rule stack editor during the circuit design phase, hardware engineers can load design rules that include differential pair routing and routing width stacks directly from the design rule library into their schematic.

Manual routing is supported by an auto ‘complete and route’ function that layout designers can use to complete manually routed traces in an automated way. Designers also have the option to look for paths on different layers while automatically inserting vias.The automatic stitching of vias in poured conductive areas can be specified in comprehensive detail, i.e., inside area online, perimeter outline or both inside and perimeter.

Moreover, a bus routing function is designed to enable layout designers to sketch paths for multiple nets to be routed over dense areas.

Design Force now supports creation of PRC files commonly used for 3D printing. The PRC files can be opened in PDF authoring applications such as Adobe Acrobat, where they are realised as a 3D PDF file complete with 3D models and bookmarks to browse the design.

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Author
Bethan Grylls