Generating Where-used Reports in DS-CR

Tech Tip: Generating Where-used Reports in DS-CR (formerly known as DS-2)


One of the more powerful capabilities of a good data management system such as DS-CR (formerly known as DS-2) is searching and the ability to generate reports. A great example is the ability to generate Where-used information. These types of reports are extremely useful when performing impact assessments where:

  • There are procurement issues with a part and you need to know what designs will be impacted.
  • The assembly house is recommending that a footprint be modified to improve yield. What parts and designs are affected?
  • Etc…..

The ability to perform relationship searches in DS-CR is the key to obtaining and reporting this type of information. DS-CR has many relationships between the data objects that it manages. Some interesting key relationships are:

  • Between a footprint and its part number
  • Between a DS-CR BOM and its schematic and board
  • Between a part placed in a design, its footprint and a DS-CR BOM

It is relationships such as this that allow you create relationship searches that can produce very useful and detailed where-used reports.

Shawn Larson
Shawn Larson
Senior Technical Fellow
Shawn Larson is a Technical Marketing Manager with over 30 years’ experience in the EDA industry. For the last 15 years, his focus has been on Electronic and Electrical Engineering Product Data Management (e-PDM). Shawn has deployed numerous enterprise-class engineering data management systems and is considered an expert in this area. For fun, Shawn enjoys hiking the White Mountains, an occasional marathon and good Jazz.
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