Cadstar

Powerful PCB design solution allowing an intuitive work Flow

  • Introduction

    CADSTAR is Zuken’s powerful PCB design solution allowing an intuitive work Flow, 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, creating manufacturing output, complemented by complete data management capabilities and extensive internet-accessible libraries containing over 200,000 components. Its price, performance coupled with a scalable design environment, provides total flexibility to engineers of small to mid-size EDA development teams.

    Intuitive work flow

    Throughout CADSTAR’s Schematic and PCB design editors, the menu items and options are all in the same location, giving an intuitive guide through the design process. Fast design cycle Zuken’s P.R.Editor XR HS (Place & Route High Speed) is at the heart of CADSTAR. With a ‘right-first-time’ approach, this powerful placement and routing tool is optimized for speed and accuracy, tackling today’s dense PCB design challenges with creativity and intelligent automation. CADSTAR’s fully integrated 3D environment dramatically reduces the design time by using the proven technology from the verification and timing analysis engines in Zuken’s high-end solutions.

    Fast design cycle

    Zuken’s P.R.Editor XR HS (Place & Route High Speed) is at the heart of CADSTAR. With a ‘right-first-time’ approach, this powerful placement and routing tool is optimized for speed and accuracy, tackling today’s dense  PCB design challenges with creativity and intelligent automation.  CADSTAR’s fully integrated 3D environment dramatically reduces the design time by using the proven technology from the verification and timing analysis engines in Zuken’s high-end solutions.

    Migration preserves legacy data

    Migrating from PADS or other tools to CADSTAR is simple. Users can move all the data over to CADSTAR from previous designs, re-using symbols, footprints and other supporting design data and benefit from the ability to re-work legacy designs.

  • Features

    Price / Performance PCB Design

    CADSTAR, Zuken’s powerful and easy-to-use, excellent price/performance solution for PC-based PCB design, allows an intuitive and complete design flow for EDA engineers and designers alike, from the initial schematics and then PCB design to manufacturing output. It spans schematic capture, placement, routing, library creation and management, signal integrity and EMC analysis, along with the production of manufacturing data. CADSTAR is Zuken’s powerful PCB design solution that allows an intuitive work flow, guiding designers easily through their design process. CADSTAR incorporates all the technologies necessary for a complete electronic development process in a single environment. The full range of the solution includes schematics, board- and FPGA-level system design, PCB layout, high-speed and signal integrity, analysis, 3D, and creation of manufacturing output, complemented by complete data management capabilities and extensive internet-accessible libraries containing over 200,000 components. Its price-performance, coupled with a scalable design environment, provides total flexibility to engineers of small- to mid-sized EDA development teams.

    • Intuitive work flow

    Throughout CADSTAR’s Schematic and PCB design editors, the menu items and options are all in the same location, providing intuitive guidance through the design process.

    • Fast design cycle

    Zuken’s P.R.Editor XR HS (Place & Route High-Speed) is at the heart of CADSTAR. With a ‘right-first-time’ approach, this powerful placement and routing tool is optimized for speed and accuracy, tackling today’s dense PCB design challenges with creativity and intelligent automation. CADSTAR’s fully integrated 3D environment dramatically reduces design time by using proven technology from the verification and timing analysis engines in Zuken’s high-end solutions.

    • Migration preserves legacy data

    Migrating from PADS or other tools to CADSTAR is simple. Users can move all the data over to CADSTAR from previous designs, re-using symbols, footprints and other supporting design data and benefit from the ability to re-work legacy designs.

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    Latest Features

    • Constraint Browser – enter high-speed constraints concurrently during circuit design
    • Topology Editor – predefine correct pin order during circuit design to control timing and quality of high-speed signals
    • Placement Planner – advanced floor-planning for engineers to conduct placement studies, design with reuse circuit and layout blocks, and communicating correct design intent for PCB layout
    • IDF Interface – improve collaboration between MCAD and ECAD to drive board outlines, component placement and keep-out areas
    • Power Integrity Advance – ensure proper behavior of power distribution systems embedded within CADSTAR design flow
    • Dockable Active Report – improved ease-of-use of managing reports during circuit and layout design
    • Automatic Drill Drawing and Table Generation – save time and effort during documentation with enhanced features to improve communication with manufacturing
    • Update parts with local library – reduce design times with local part edits and easy updates into designs with reports to compare changes with master library.

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  • Specifications

    System Design 

    Control is crucial in today’s electronic product development process. In the engineering phase of the design, CADSTAR helps to guarantee complex designs are right-first-time and meet tight delivery deadlines. Schematic Design, Spice Simulation, Variant Management, FPGA, Design Re-use and Version Control modules combine with a Layout and Routing environment in an intuitive Windows interface where designers move easily between schematic entry and board layout.

    Spice Simulation

    A range of Spice simulation engines enable simulation of a schematic exactly as it will be passed into the PCB layout.

    Schematic Design

    CADSTAR’s schematic editor dramatically increasing productivity, building in the information required in the PCB design from the beginning to create single-sided to complex double-sided, multilayer and SMT designs that are right-first-time.

    E3.logic

    Zuken’s E3.series module, E3 .logic, can now be offered as an add-on solution for CADSTAR to further boost user’s productivity. Used as a front-end solution for CADSTAR PCB Design it will allow support of multilingual diagrams, multilingual text and Unicode.

    Design Re-use

    Design re-use allows engineers to re-use proven and tested logical circuits from earlier projects.

    Variant Management

    CADSTAR manages all the variants of a design for multiple product and international requirements, storing all information in a single schematic and PCB design file, each with its own Bill of Materials.

    FPGA

    CADSTAR FPGA supports one universal project manager that controls all the design files for simulation, synthesis, place and route and pin assignment to the PCB board, as well as the I/O synchronization between the FPGA device and the PCB board

    Library Tools

    CADSTAR’s extensive on-line libraries have more than 200,000 ready-made parts and custom versions can be generated through the symbol and component wizards. CADSTAR also supports Object Linking and Embedding (OLE) integration with links to ODBC databases such as MSQL Server and Oracle.

    Version Control

    Version Control allows the designer to verify that the parts, components and symbols used in the design are the latest version available from the component library.

    Datasheet Publisher

    CADSTAR generates customized datasheets in HTML for every part in the library and these can be viewed and shared locally or on-line.

    Electronic Design

    CADSTAR’s high-speed editors provide a powerful suite of tools for the most complex designs using Zuken’s advanced interactive technology.

    Design Editor

    Design Editor provides intelligent and smooth development of schematics, allowing the designer to quickly and easily make, re-use or adapt designs

    Placement & Routing

    With P.R.Editor XR HS everyday tasks are made intuitive and automated for the most complex placement patterns, speeding up the most challenging implementations. Advanced interactive placement tools, including component push-aside and spring-back functions, and optimum and legal position indicators, give the user the ultimate control over components with:

    • z split power and ground planes
    • z test points
    • z copy and paste routing

    High Speed

    The P.R.Editor XR HS handles a wide range of circuit rules and routing constraints that can be set early in the design process  to make sure the design is implemented correctly first time, every time.

    RF Design

    CADSTAR also provides a specialist interface tool that handles micro strip routing for radio frequency (RF) designs, allowing designers to simulate and create high-frequency conductor geometries in RF PCBs, saving space and cost.

    Migration & Translation

    PCB, Library and Schematic Translators

    CADSTAR accepts designs and libraries from Cadence, Allegro and Orcad, Mentor Graphics PADS, Altium Protel and P-CAD.

    Analysis & Verification

    SI Verify

    CADSTAR provides a fully integrated, complete signal integrity simulation toolset that uses the Constraint Manager as the design navigation cockpit. This launches simulation for selected areas of the board, evaluating the electrical performance, analyzing reflection and crosstalk effects and calculating the relevant interconnect timing information. It also performs what-if analyses for changes to the layer stack, different track widths and track-to-track spacing.

    3D Design

    The unique CADSTAR 3D verification tool provides an optimised environment for the verification of the PCB layout  in its mechanical environment, avoiding re-spins and costly production delays. It also automatically back annotates any board and placement changes into the PCB design, whether new or imported to save time and effort in creating reliable complex designs.

    EMC Adviser

    Improved EMC compliance of PCBs helps specialists and non- specialists alike to predict, analyze and control design issues that may cause EMC/EMI problems. This very flexible and comprehensive rules-based EMC analysis system gives PCB designers full and easy control over various design constraints that effect overall EMC performance

    Manufacturing

    Design rule checks allow final checks on the constraints settings for easier, cost effective manufacturing of boards. Smoothing routines for via minimization and staircase removal optimize the routing for high-yield manufacturing while track necking and fattening automatically maximize copper widths on specified nets. Acid trap removal and corner mitering further improve manufacturability.

    Advanced Design Rule Checks

    Rules-by-Area
    For designs that need localized design rules, this automatically routes using reduced track width for small complex dense components.

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