CR-8000 - 3D PCB Design Software - Harness the true strength of our PCB tools for more efficient and effective design work

Enterprise PCB Design Software

In today’s connected world, electronic systems need to be designed in an interdisciplinary process that spans mechanical engineering and embedded software development.

CR-8000 - Advanced PCB Design Software

Zuken’s CR-8000 is the most advanced PCB design software in the industry with architecture design and verification, multi-board PCB layout with MCAD integration, SI/PI analysis, and chip/package/board co-design. CR-8000’s PCB design tools simplifies your most challenging PCB subsystem designs.

CR-8000 - PCB Design Software - Harness the power of our PCB Design Tools


PCB Design Software - From Concept to Manufacturing

CR-8000's end-to-end integrated design flow extends from initial system planning, where fundamental decisions are made about partitioning, component selection, form, fit and function of the product or system, through the creation of detailed schematics and layout of single and multi-board PCB systems, to manufacturing optimisation. A modular, object-oriented architecture ensures consistency of all data and versions from concept to production.

Building blocks

PCB system architecture design


Partition complex systems into multiple connected PCBs

IC package

Manage IC, package and PCB in one single environment

Data Management

Control releases, revisions, and configurations with integrated data management

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PCB System Architecture and Verification

CR-8000 System Planner is the industry’s only PCB system architecture design and verification tool that is fully integrated with detailed PCB and wire harness design. As products become more complex, optimizing the architecture is more critical than ever.

System Planner combines four disciplines into one design and analysis experience.

  • Design multi-board systems with imported MCAD enclosures.
  • Floor plan your design across multiple boards for optimal routing and connectivity.
  • Verify cost and weight targets with parametric analysis.
  • Move your design seamlessly to a detailed design.
System Planner


System Circuit Engineering

The system-level circuit design capability of CR-8000 allows designers to view and optimise the entire electronic system as a whole. With integrated simulation and analysis tools, they can evaluate the system’s performance, signal integrity, current distribution and thermal characteristics. This helps identify and correct potential problems early on to ensure design integrity. In addition, CR-8000 provides powerful design rule checks to ensure that the design meets the specific requirements and standards of different manufacturing sites. These rules are configurable and can cover various aspects such as electrical, mechanical and manufacturing requirements.

Design Gateway


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Signal, Power, and EMI Analysis

Today’s complex boards or multi-board systems require detailed planning and analysis.  With the products Design Force PI/EMI Advance and SI Advance, CR-8000 provides you with all the PCB design tools to build high-speed boards with integrated signal and power integrity analysis with pre-layout planning. Third-party integrations with Ansys and Keysight bring additional capabilities from the industry leaders.

Design Force Advance – Power Integrity


Design Force Advance – Signal Integrity



PCB System Design

As product complexity grows, the physical layout of a printed circuit board must be considered in the context of the entire system. A PCB system design platform includes support for multi-board design and analysis, MCAD integration, and wire harness design. CR-8000 goes beyond to include chip/package/board co-design.

As companies move to Digital Engineering and model-based design processes, the need for a system design solution is critical. Detailed design teams will be handed a system for implementation, not a PCB. CR-8000 is built for system-level implementation.

Design Force


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CR-8000 PCB Design software incorporates PCB design tools such as Chip Package Board co-design

Integrated IC Package Design

Design Force offers an intuitive, integrated environment for designing single and multi-die packages for wire-bond, flip-chip, and high-density advanced packaging. Designers can start designs with early prototype input of chip and package data from the library, reuse data from IC layout tools, and take advantage of parametric wizards to streamline the creation of the system.

Design Force – IC Packaging


Redefining PCB Design Software with Artificial Intelligence

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is an evolving and promising tool in the field of PCB design. Additionally, whether you’re a design veteran or a newcomer, AI offers many benefits that can make your life easier. However, it’s not without its challenges. As technology progresses, the only question is: Are you ready for the AI-driven future of PCB design?

AI in PCB Design


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DS-CR: Engineering Library & Data Management

Engineering Data Management and PLM

PLM systems are typically not well equipped to manage electronic component libraries and work-in-process data required in the PCB detailed design process. Zuken’s DS-CR provides WIP design data management, design collaboration, project management, design re-use, “where-used” traceability, and much more.

DS-CR is also fully integrated with leading PLM systems for the manufacturing hand-off or component information synchronization.  Component information can be automatically synchronized with supply chain partners.



PCB Design Tools for Manufacturing

DFM Center enables designers to handle the increasing complexity and diversity of today’s PCBs while ensuring high final product quality, and accurate outputs for the manufacturing processes. With a robust set of features for data preparation and embedded verification to ensure manufacturing specifications are met, DFM Center addresses the challenges of the manufacturing process.

DFM Center


CR-8000 PCB Design software incorporates PCB design tool for ideal PCB design for manufacturing (DFM)

Circuit DR-Navi - Engineering knowledge base

Engineering Knowledge Base

CR-8000 Circuit DR Navi helps design teams consolidate engineering expertise and PCB layout best practices into a central database integrated with the design process. With its comprehensive functionality it is particularly useful to communicate engineering intent and to provide guidance to new members of established design teams.

Circuit DR Navi


Wire Harness Design Support

As products get more complicated, the siloed approach to detailed design is missing the mark. As a consequence, wire harness pin assignments are frequently out of sync with the PCB. A system design approach including PCB, wire harness, and MCAD eliminates those common errors. Zuken embraces this approach by using a standard PCB manufacturing output, IPC-2581, to design the wire harness. Zuken’s E3.series imports IPC-2581 directly from CR-8000 PCB design software, eliminating design errors.



CR-8000 PCB Design software incorporates PCB design tool collaboration with E3.series 2023 Release Screenshot

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CR-8000 Products

CR-8000 System Planner - pcb hardware architecture design
  • Products
October 01, 2018
System Planner

System Planner provides a system-level design environment for the architectural planning and optimization of electronic systems and products.

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Architecture Design and Validation
System-level PCB design. Design Gateway for system level circuit engineering
  • Products
October 01, 2018
Design Gateway

CR-8000 Design Gateway provides a platform for logical circuit design and verification of multi-board system-level electronic designs.

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System Level Circuit Engineering
multi-board pcb software - ECAD MCAD collaboration - step import
  • Products
October 01, 2018
Design Force

CR-8000 Design Force is the fastest, most effective PCB design solution available today. Design Force enables design teams to layout and verify their designs in the context of a complete system or product.

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3D Multi-board PCB Design
Design Force for advanced electronic packaging of semiconductor technology
  • Products
January 03, 2019
Design Force Advanced Packaging

Design Force offers an intuitive, integrated environment for designing single and multi-die packages for wire-bond, flip-chip, and high density advanced IC packaging.

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IC Package and PCB Co-design
pcb design for manucaturing
  • Products
October 01, 2018
DFM Center

With a robust set of features for data preparation and embedded verification to verify manufacturing specifications, DFM Center addresses the challenges of the manufacturing process.

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PCB Design for Manufacturing
PCB Design Data Management - DS-CR
  • Products
October 01, 2018

DS-CR supports the specific demands of PCB design data management. It combines multi-site library, design data, and configuration management capabilities into a unified engineering environment.

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PCB Design Data Management

CR-8000 Free Board Viewer

Share and review native design information to enhance communication during product development
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Just some of our satisfied customers

  • Case Study
September 26, 2018

Flexible and flexi-rigid PCBs are integral components within many of Renishaw’s products, and detailed signal integrity analysis is needed to ensure high speed digital signals can be transmitted with minimal distortion. Renishaw migrated to Design Gateway and Design Force, part of Zuken’s CR-8000 PCB design suite, primarily to help with the design and analysis of next-generation flexible PCBs.

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Better fit and impedance control for complex flexible PCBs in metrology instruments.
  • Case Study
September 26, 2018

Toshiba faced a difficult design problem: their TransferJet™ technology was embedded in a customer cell phone, and when the next rev of the phone they needed to shrink the board and the module thickness. On top of that, they had to add RF matching to simplify the adoption of the module. Toshiba used Zuken’s CR-8000 Design Force with ANSYS analysis tools to accomplish the project.

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significantly reduce product size with 3D chip, package, board co-design.

CR-8000 Resources

Check out our latest webinars, white papers, blog posts, tech tips & more

Reuse of Schematic and Layout Modules in PCB design
  • Webinar
April 12, 2024
Dealing with Component Obsolescence in PCB Design

This webinar will demonstrate how Zuken's CR-8000 Enterprise PCB Design System automates updates and redesigns in response to component obsolescence. Learn how to identify affected modules, update designs with a schematic module library, and intelligently assist layout modifications.

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AI Based PCB Place and Route
  • Webinar
December 04, 2023
AI-Based PCB Place and Route

CR-8000 Webinar: Zuken recently announced the upcoming release of the industry’s first AI-based PCB place and route product - Autonomous Intelligent Place and Route (AIPR) - This webinar will examine how companies and users will benefit.

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  • Webinar
July 12, 2022
Analysis and constraint-driven PCB Design with CR-8000 using analysis of SerDes

Using the example of the analysis of SerDes transmission paths such as PCI Express, SATA or USB3, we explain the methodology of an analysis- and constraint-driven assembly development with CR-8000 Design Force.

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  • Webinar
July 11, 2022
An integrated change management process spanning Dassault Systèmes 3D Experience and CR-8000/DS-CR

DS-CR is closely interlinked with CR-8000 and often connected to company-wide PDM, PLM or ERP environments. In this session we will review a bidirectional cross-system change management process spanning 3D Experience from Dassault Systèmes and CR-8000/DS-CR from Zuken

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smart working and library management
  • Webinar
July 11, 2022
Ensuring Business Continuity and Reduce Supply Chain Risk–Managing BoMs with DS-CR and SiliconExpert

Zuken and SiliconExpert have partnered to deliver critical component information to engineers within the CR-8000 and DS-CR design and library data environments. The integration enables engineers to make better-informed component selection decisions while being able to review a wealth of part information, resulting in higher quality products and lower overall costs and reducing effort in part selection.

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