What’s New in CR-8000 2015

Zuken’s CR-8000, the industry’s only product-centric design solution, continues to lead the way with next-generation tools capable of creating today’s and tomorrow’s complex product designs. CR-8000 2015 offers many enhancements to make team and cross-discipline collaboration even more straightforward.

CR-8000 is the complete solution for your system-level, single and multi-board design requirements. In addition to the features highlighted below, further information is available in the product release notes.

  • General  
    • Engineering Desktop design portal enhancements
  • System Planner 
    • Single product handling
    • Hierarchical design and block reuse
    • Multi-user product design enhancements
  • Design Gateway 
    • Display of non-mounted components
    • Copying and pasting constraints reuse
    • Reuse of Topology templates
    • SI Analysis executed from electrical editor and electrical viewer
    • New Netlist output for Simulink
    • JTAG ProVision interface support
    • Support for Floating Windows
  • Graphical Pin Manager
    • Creation and update of split/divided symbols in circuit data
    • Component instance information imported from FPGA design environment
  • Design Force  
    • Single board photo data import
    • IPC-2581 (rev B) output
    • Reuse of Topology templates
    • Constraint Browser reporting improvements
    • Display of from-to for vias
    • Display of forward annotation changes
    • Import of figures from another board
    • Differential pair routing enhancements
    • Improved 3D export performance
    • Electrical Editor and Signal Integrity Analysis enhancements
    • Graphical User Interface for CAM outputs
  • DFM Elements
    • Photo and Drill Output
    • ODB++ direct output
    • IDF and DXF enhancements

For the full details of what's new in CR-8000 version 2015, please refer to the “What’s New” documentation included with the software.

 

CR-8000 Revision 2015 - General

Engineering Desktop design portal enhancements

The CR-8000 Engineering Desktop is a design portal common to CR-8000 products. The portal can manage designs, files, and launch applications for all of the major CR-8000 products, along with CR-5000 System Designer, Board Designer, and Lightning.

Engineering Desktop
The CR-8000 Engineering Desktop design portal

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CR-8000 Revision 2015 – System Planner

System-level product design

Create a product of a number of configuration; logical, physical, geometric and parametric are available to define a system. Visionaries can be associated for each function within the system and handled as a single product.

Hierarchical design and block reuse

Circuit and system capture is made easier with the use of hierarchical block, multi-sheet and support circuit and block diagram reuse.

Multi-user product design

Teams can work on designs in parallel using System Planner concurrent design environment within each visionary. This reduces design timescales.

Product System
System product design containing multiple boards, circuit and geometric design data.

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CR-8000 Revision 2015 - Design Gateway

No Mount

Busses and connectors connected to non-mounted parts can also be displayed as non-mounted.

Improved schematic visualization and debugging using lowlight mode

Debugging and checking of the circuit design is made easier with the new lowlight display mode. The improved visualization allows users to work more efficiently and locate item(s) quickly. Engineers can focus on a specific object while still being able to see the context of the circuit design.

Copying and Pasting Constraints

Block constraints can now be reused when copying and pasting the block.

Reuse of Topology Templates

Topology template information can now be exported and imported from a file.

SI Analysis

SI analysis can now be executed from the Electrical Editor and Electrical Viewer.

Netlist Output for Simulink

The connection status in a circuit diagram can be converted into a Simulink block diagram.

JTAG ProVision interface for boundary scan analysis is now supported

As an increasing number of designs use boundary scan for testing, support for JTAG ProVision software is now available. Test information created in JTAG ProVision can be displayed on the circuit design, color coding the circuit data as configured. This will help engineers visually identify potential problem areas on the circuit design data, and improve efficiency and quality of the product design.

Support for Floating Windows

Windows in the sheet editor, E-net browser, component browser etc. can now be moved outside of the design editor window.

No Mount
Visualization of circuit design elements connected to component that are not mounted for design variants.

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CR-8000 Revision 2015 – GPM

Creation and update of Split/Divided symbols in circuit data

Pin assignment changes made in layout or FPGA design environments are automatically updated to the corresponding symbol of the FPGA component, allowing efficient and easy-to-read schematics with split symbols

Component instance information imported from FPGA design environment

Component property information available from the FPGA designers can now be imported into Graphical Pin Manager and can also be reflected into the circuit data. For example the software version can be specified from the FPGA design team and can be reflected via Graphical Pin Manager into the circuit data.

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CR-8000 Revision 2015 - Design Force

Single Board Photo Data Import

RS274D, RS74X and several other photo formats can be read into Design Force to either a specified data or drawing layer. This functionality assists with both modular design and design reuse by allowing reference information from device manufacturers or data from another design to be read into the active design.

Import Data
Import single board photo data

IPC-2581 Output

IPC-2581 (revB) data can be output from either Design Force (single board data) or DFM Elements (single board or panel data).

Reuse of Topology Templates

Topology template information can be exported for subsequent reuse on designs with similar topology requirements. Reusing topology information greatly reduces the time and effort required to manage critical design constraints.

Reuse topology templates
Reuse topology information

Constraint Browser Reporting Improvements

The constraint browser detailed coupling report can display tracks violating differential pair rules as errors. The report also has an option to only display the tracks that violate the differential pair rule. and filter tracks violating the differential pair rule. Furthermore the differences of lengths and the skews on pinpairs belonging to a skew group can be displayed. The pinpairs violating the reference value in a skew group are displayed in red.

Skew pin group pairs
Skew group pin pair report with errors

Display of From-To for Vias

The canvas view settings form in Design Force has a new option for the display of from-to for vias. The from-to can be display for all vias or only for non-through hole vias. This allows for quick verification of via layer spans. When multiple vias have identical coordinates, their from-to values are merged.

From-To for Vias
 Vias displayed with the layers from-to information

Display of Forward Annotation Changes

The results of forward annotation to Design Force are now listed in a dialog and can be cross-probed with the layout. Cross-probing from the design change log to the PCB layout helps increase efficiency when verifying the items (components or nets) that have been changed as a result of the forward annotation process.

Forward annotate display changes
Results of forward annotate listed in a dialog

Import of Figures from another Board

Figures, such as the board outline, from another board or panel can be read into the active design in Design Force. The imported figure can be added to either a specified data or drawing layer. This functionality assists with both modular design and design reuse by allowing reference information from device manufacturers or data from another design to be read into the active design.

Differential Pair Routing Enhancements

During differential pair routing, the track width and spacing can be interactively toggled to a different differential pair rule stack. Furthermore, when routing into or from a set of differential pair pins, the snap method now supports auto, 45-degree, corner, none, inside, and short-edge modes.

 Differential pair snap method options
Differential pair snap method options

Improved 3D Export Performance

The Design Force functionality to export 3D data has been improved in two areas. The 3D conversion of layer information has been reduced by 86% and the STEP conversion process time has been reduced by 78%. Overall, the processing time for 3D export has been reduced by an average of 43%.

Electrical Editor and Signal Integrity Analysis Enhancements

The tool type for viewing topology (Electrical Viewer or Electrical Editor) may be specified in Design Force application settings. Furthermore, Signal Integrity analysis can be run from either the Electrical Editor or the Electrical Viewer.

Topology tool type
Choose the tool type for viewing topology
 

Graphical User Interface for CAM Outputs

The Design Force export function now includes a Graphical User Interface (GUI) for the export of photo data and drill data.

 

Export photo data
 GUI for Export Photo Data

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CR-8000 Revision 2015 - DFM Elements

Photo and Drill Output

Photo and drill data can be output directly from design data or panel data. The requirement in previous releases to first create manufacturing design data (.fpr file) prior to photo and drill output has been removed.

 

 photo and drill output
Export Photo Data directly from the panel data

ODB++ Output

ODB++ can be output directly from design data or panel data. The requirement in previous releases to first create manufacturing design data (.fpr file) prior to photo and drill output has been removed.

IDF and DXF Enhancements

IDF data can be imported into manufacturing panel data. DXF data and IDF data can be output from manufacturing panel data.

idf and dxf enhancements
 Import and export DXF and IDF using manufacturing panel data

For the full details of what's new in CR-8000 version 2015, please refer to the “What’s New” documentation included with the software.