Place and Route Editor

P.R.Editor XR 2000

CADSTAR Place and Route Editor XR 2000With its mix of manual, auto-interactive and automatic tools for PCB placement and routing, the CADSTAR Place and Route Editor 2000 has been optimized for performance, quality and manufacturability to meet today’s advanced technology design challenges.

Activ-45 router

The advanced Activ-45 router as included provides the ultimate in speed and precision for manual routing, offering single-click ‘follow me’ routing with automatic completion, using push-aside, spring-back and segment break options to tackle even the most complex layout challenges.

Activ-45 is a true 45-degree routing algorithm that routes effortlessly through even the densest areas of a design. Taking advantage of enhanced pusher technology, the route path will follow the cursor with minimum disruption of existing routing patterns.

The Activ-45 router makes space for itself by pushing existing routes and vias aside, while always obeying design rules. Where necessary, it will flip existing routes over pins and pads to create even more space, such as when creating a BGA fan-out. At any point before completing the route, if the cursor is moved back towards the starting point, the routes will spring-back to their original position.

P.R.Editor Activ-45: PCB design optimization with advanced 45 degree routing and pushing

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Advanced routing features

Prior to routing, power pins can be intelligently connected to full or partial planes, and the fanout router used to create intelligent breakout patterns for high pin-count SMT devices, using geometric or spiral via patterns to simplify routing on inner layers.

Manufacturing considerations

CADSTAR Place and Route Editor XR 2000Optimization of the layout to minimize overall track length, reduce the number of vias and improve manufacturability can all be run on demand, with options for track optimization, addition of teardrops and acid trap removal. Testpoints for clamshell fixtures or flying-probe testers can be allocated to existing design features if allowed or inserted as user-defined testpoint elements.

With a range of product options depending upon An extensive suite of design rules lets you configure the system to meet your specific requirements, while area rules and high-speed constraints easily accommodate the complex matrix of timing rules found in today’s high performance designs.

CADSTAR Place & Route Editor offers full control of the manual placement and routing process with a choice of Design Rule Check modes and direct access to a range of tools via shortcuts or mouse menus. Visual indicators guide you towards optimum placement that meets your constraints, with dynamic push-aside and alignment to optimize board real estate and maximize the number of routing channels.

  • Place and Route Editor XR 2000 offers a range of functionality options designed to suit differing requirements. For full details of each, refer to the Routing Matrix datasheet.

Top features and benefits

  • Advanced interactive placement & routing tools
  • Push-aside & spring-back
  • On-line design rule check
  • Active-45 single click manual routing
  • Copy & paste routing
  • Copper pour and plough
  • Trunk routing
  • Memory routing
  • Curved routing
  • Fan-out
  • Auto routing
  • Integration with High-speed router, Signal Integrity & DRAGON router (optional)


CADSTAR P.R. Editor trunk routing

CADSTAR P.R. Editor trunk reordering



Additional Options

CADSTAR Constraint Browser, with enhanced Topology support, provides a fast and effective way for design engineers to add rules and net constraints to the Schematic at the initial design phase. Sharing the same database and user interface as Constraint Manager enables a consistent approach to rules management to be applied throughout the design flow.

Assisted autorouting – DRAGON

The Dragon Routing Platform moves away from traditional settings-based autorouting to an alternative methodology that combines artificial intelligence with a strategy-driven approach to solve your routing requirements. The Routing Consultant performs an initial set of high level ‘expert’ checks on your design to identify potential blocks for routing so that you can iteratively fix and rerun the analysis in order to clear the obstructions. Using the information gained during the analysis the Routing Consultant can then automatically generate a routing strategy for your design and auto-route to completion.


Place & Route Editor XR 5000HS (High-speed) obeys a wide range of fast circuit rules including min/max length, skew, delay and crosstalk limits to meet tight timing and noise margins. Manual and automatic editing tools enable nets to be tuned precisely for track length or flight-time to achieve optimum timing characteristics.