Zuken incorporates Würth Elektronik design for manufacturing rules into CADSTAR

Collaborating to raise the bar in PCB design

Wurth CADSTAR layer stack templates
Image of a layer stack template as included in the next version of CADSTAR

20 September 2012 – Munich and Niedernhall, Germany; and Westford, MA, USA – Zuken, a leader in PCB Systems and IC Package design and Würth Elektronik, Europe's leading manufacturer of PCBs, announce that design principles and layer stacks from Würth products will be incorporated into the next version of CADSTAR as part of a new collaboration that will help create higher quality PCB designs.

By including Würth Elektronik’s latest design rules in CADSTAR, Zuken’s desktop powerful PCB design solution, the companies will optimize and simplify the PCB construction process, resulting in improved manufacturability and affordability.

Mr Keller - Wurth We’ve defined a shared set of design principles for PCB features such as layer stack-ups, route-widths, spacing and via sizes. By implementing them as templates in CADSTAR during the layout process, we can achieve significant benefits in reliability and efficiency for developers, designers and manufacturers.

Stefan Keller, Product Manager for HDI/Microvia at Würth Elektronik

Communication increases reliability and efficiency

With PCB designs becoming more complicated and manufacturing costs squeezed, it is more important for PCB designers to communicate design details to their PCB manufacturers at an early stage. Ignoring this step can lead to unbalanced designs, inaccurate design data, increased costs and reduced reliability. Zuken and Würth Elektronik’s collaboration addresses this critical issue.

Jeroen LeindersThe adverse effects of design data not defined with upfront manufacturer-driven rules occur mostly when designing complex, high-speed printed circuit boards. For impedance-controlled boards with fine pitch BGA components and HDI microvias, the layer structure must be designed with precision and specifications of both the components and PCB manufacturer must be considered.

Jeroen Leinders, CADSTAR Distribution Manager at Zuken

Würth Elektronik’s design rules and layer structures will be incorporated into the latest version of CADSTAR as templates which can be applied during the layout process. They will be available for download from Zuken Global Support for all on-maintenance customers.

This collaboration also means that PCB designers can look forward to further design for manufacturing improvements in the future.

Zuken Innovation World

Hear more about Würth Elektronik’s collaboration with Zuken at Zuken Innovation World conferences across Europe: www.zuken.com/ziw  

For further information about Würth Elektronik, see: www.we-online.com  

For details of CADSTAR resellers, see: http://www.zuken.com/cadstardistributors 

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