PCB Design Layout Software

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CADSTAR PCB Design Editor

PCB design layout software - CADSTAR

Easy to learn and fast to use, the constraint driven approach of CADSTAR PCB design layout software helps you create right-first-time designs, no matter what the complexity - from designs that are single-sided and double-sided, through to more advanced technologies involved in multilayer, SMT and RF designs.

CADSTAR offers design capability throughout the PCB design flow, from initial schematic through layout, routing, signal integrity simulation, power integrity analysis, 3D mechanical integration and outputs to support manufacturing to drive fabrication, assembly and testing of the finished product.

As the core element of the CADSTAR high-speed design toolset, PCB layout provides a fast, error-free design environment that helps you realize your creativity.

Top features and benefits

  • Forward & back annotation
  • Constraint driven
  • Re-use design
  • Component version control
  • Variant manager
  • Replicate placement
  • Powerful drawing tools
  • Auto dimensioning
  • Snap to
  • Batch Process

Personalized design environment

CADSTAR - Integrated System DesignFor both the occasional and regular user, CADSTAR offers a powerful and flexible user interface with common functions in familiar locations. Properties and extended functionality are accessed via either a mouse or keyboard assist menus.

With integrated project management features such as Workspaces, you can create a personalized work environment and manage your design data effectively. The CADSTAR design environment also supports customization by allowing you to create macros to automate repetitive tasks. The support for object linking and embedding (OLE) allows you to integrate external applications to help reduce product development time.

Design configuration

CADSTAR PCB design layout softwareLayer Stack and Assignment editors allow PCB design configuration to meet electrical and manufacturing requirements.

You can create schematic and PCB layout templates for commonly used design configurations. These include: documentation detail, such as sheet borders and manufacturing notes; design fields for automatic realization of system, user and document information; and imported logos and text. Critical components can also be pre-placed in a template to minimize design time and ensure the PCB layout aligns with the enclosure.

Variant designs, including not-fitted or alternate parts, can be imported from schematic capture or configured in PCB layout to update the parts list and display of component outlines for Silkscreen and assembly outputs.

Placement and routing

Pattern replication and design block reuse enable efficient reuse of existing placement patterns or entire design blocks. Adding pre-defined circuit blocks in the schematic greatly speeds up the design process, while using matching blocks in PCB layout (including parts, routes, copper and text on multiple layers) reduces layout time and minimizes risk during EMC verification by reusing previously tested ‘known good’ layout blocks.

At the heart of CADSTAR’s PCB layout technology is the powerful Place & Route Editor (P.R.Editor), Zuken’s powerful place and route design environment. With its grid-free, spatial data structure and rules-driven architecture, P.R.Editor offers complete control over routing for the most complex designs in the shortest time possible. Placement aids include component push aside and spring back, optimum and target position indicators.

Advanced layout capabilities

With advanced copper handling and the ability to create split, partial, embedded and full copper planes, CADSTAR enables precise control for analog design, including curved and mitered cutouts, hatching with flexible angles and variable spacing. Teardrops can be placed on tracks, vias and pads, updating dynamically to maintain smooth transitions between copper shapes. Curved tracks and automatic track fattening, plus the ability to maximize a copper area, extend the capability of CADSTAR to meet both analog and high-speed digital layout requirements for matched impedance and delay-based routing.

Board profile, keepout areas and critical placement data can be imported via DXF, IDF or STEP/IGES format, and a 3D representation of the finished design exported to 3D mechanical CAD via IDF or generated in Board Modeler Lite. Powerful drafting tools with auto snap and associative dimensioning let you quickly document the board profile and critical placement for production and assembly.

Design Reuse

CADSTAR design reuseDesign reuse integrates tightly with CADSTAR Schematics and PCB design, allowing designers to:

  • Increased reliability and quality
  • Reduced process risk
  • Less errors
  • Effective use of specialists
  • Accelerated development
  • Increased productivity
  • Improve time to market
  • Reduced costs

Manufacturing outputs

CADSTAR Batch ProcessCADSTAR includes an extensive range of design rules for both spacing and manufacture, ensuring the design conforms to your company standards and minimizing the risk of board manufacturing errors. Drill patterns and drill table reports are updated dynamically so any changes to the design are reflected automatically in the manufacturing data.

The batch post process option available as standard in CADSTAR allows users to process manufacturing data quickly and accurately.

  • CADSTAR provides manufacturing output formats such as extended Gerber (RS274X), extended NC Drill (Excellon), Bill Of Materials (B.O.M’s), Insertion data, ODB++, IPC356-D and native PDF output for documentation
  • Simple or complex Bill Of Materials can be created in standard text format or through the OLE interface available as standard, output directly within MS Excel
  • CADSTAR also supports the ODB++ container to send bundled fabrication, assembly, placement data and test data to the manufacturers


Add-on options

Place and Route Editor

With its mix of manual, auto-interactive and automatic tools for PCB placement and routing, the CADSTAR Place and Route Editor has been optimized for performance, quality and manufacturability to meet today’s advanced technology design challenges.

3D PCB visualization and collision check

Board Modeler Lite bridges the gap between electronic and mechanical CAD, enhancing the design flow by reducing the number of design iterations – clearance errors are avoided, accuracy is improved as part locations can be aligned precisely to the mechanical enclosure, and resources are optimized by bringing physical verification tools into the CADSTAR design environment.

High-speed Place and Route Editor

Zuken's highest level router. Including all of the features and functionality found within Place and Route Editor XR2000, Place and Route Editor XR5000 HS (high-speed) offers specific additional functionality targeted for high-speed PCB design, such as DDR2, DDR3, DDR4 and PCI Express. It obeys a wide range of fast circuit rules including min/max length, skew, delay and crosstalk limits to meet tight timing and noise margins.

Autorouter Advisor

The Dragon Routing Platform has access to all of the routing tools available in the P.R.Editor application. The tool required in order to complete a step in the strategy will be automatically selected and will be transparent to the user.


The Rules-by-Area package is a powerful extension to the CADSTAR P.R.Editor XR 2000 tool-set that enhances Zuken’s routing technology by allowing the association of different design rules to different areas of the design.

EMC Adviser

The CADSTAR EMC Adviser helps designers - EMC specialists and non-specialists alike - to predict, analyze and control design issues that may cause EMC/EMI problems. It is a very flexible and comprehensive rules-based EMC analysis system. Ultimately it gives PCB designers full and easy control over various types of design constraints that effect overall electromagnetic compliance of boards