Migrating legacy data
CADSTAR Design Migration Tools
For many companies the most significant barrier to investing in new tools is the need to maintain legacy designs, and the continuing support of design re-use.
Maintaining two systems is impractical. Many engineering firms have a
substantial portfolio of designs and they need to be maintained to support
the existing customer base, and especially to
avoid component obsolescence issues.This
is particularly important for the industrial,
medical, automotive, aerospace and defence
markets that can have product lifetimes of 10,
20 or even 30 years.
Maintaining those legacy
designs that are on the shelf, especially robust,
well proven elements within these designs,
is equally important for design re-use.
Design migration to a new tool suite need
not be difficult, nor overly time-consuming. Utilising the features within CADSTAR software can bring
distinct advantages in protecting and retaining
your historical IP for design re-use and managing
Zuken’s CADSTAR solution integrates a Design Migration tool within all bundles that includes additional features to better support
and exploit legacy design data.
Dedicated features are provided within the
CADSTAR PCB Design Editor for importing schematic,
PCB design and library data. The process is
straightforward and largely transparent to the
user. It is fully quality controlled so that the
design connectivity and device information
is transferred, with as much detail as possible,
including symbols, footprints and other
Designs can be imported from a number of
third party packages, including;
- Pads (Mentor
- OrCAD (Cadence)
- PCAD/Protel/Altium Designer (Altium).