CADSTAR What's New

A review of recent CADSTAR releases to highlight new features

CADSTAR 18 - Current Release

Summary

The latest version of CADSTAR meets industry requirements for high-speed design, as well as containing across-the-board performance enhancements and ease-of-use features. These include enhancements for the industry-leading Activ-45 router, making the routing experience even more intuitive and powerful and giving users more control over their designs. More automatic features are available, such as Auto-Assign component copper: a powerful method of connecting pins automatically.

The new CADSTAR Redlining tool helps companies maintain a competitive edge and promotes design quality, by helping engineers of any discipline communicate changes as quickly and accurately as possible.

CADSTAR 18 challenges the view that PCB Desktop software has to be complicated. This philosophy helps maintain CADSTAR's position as the industry’s most-used desktop PCB software.


CADSTAR 17

Summary

CADSTAR 17 contains across-the-board performance enhancements and design efficiency features. These include industry-leading routing enhancements through new Perfect Springback technology whilst moving tracks in Activ-45, Trunk end router differential pair improvements, and Etch Factor support.

Ease-of-use enhancements include the option to specify an origin used as a reference for operations such as movement and rotation, and the ability to add dimensions directly into PCB component footprints.


CADSTAR 16

Summary

CADSTAR 16 contains across-the-board performance enhancements and design efficiency features. These include improved group handling and routing functionality, and enhancements to meet the demands of today’s high-speed designs.

CADSTAR’s Design Editor now allows items to be modified within a group, provides increased flexibility in shape creation, and introduces a new hand tool that allows panning of the display simply by dragging the mouse.


CADSTAR 15

Summary

CADSTAR users get a productivity boost with new features in CADSTAR 15.

CADSTAR’s P.R.Editor now supports impedance balanced routing that simplifies the implementation of high-speed interfaces. Engineers can easily route to JEDEC standards and meet DDR3 performance specifications. New features in Power Integrity Advance include adjustable gridding for common-mode voltage maps, decoupling capacitor improvements, and a common user interface for result display in all signal integrity and power integrity analysis tools.

Users will appreciate the GUI’s updated appearance with familiar ribbon-style navigation.


CADSTAR 14

Summary

CADSTAR offers an intuitive high-speed design workflow with an integrated constraint management system that can drive high-speed design and PCB layout verification. CADSTAR offers seamless communication with your MCAD department (supporting ACIS, STEP, STL, DXF and IDF) running collision checks in a 3D environment, and the necessary design rule checks before creating your manufacturing output. High-speed design is supported with access to signal integrity, EMC, and power integrity analysis embedded directly in the CADSTAR design flow. CADSTAR 14 offers enhancements and features focused on reducing effort at each stage of the PCB design process, and helping improve collaboration with manufacturing.


CADSTAR 13

Summary

High-speed design is supported with access to signal integrity, EMC, and power integrity analysis embedded directly in the CADSTAR design flow.


CADSTAR 12.1

Summary

High-speed design is supported and signal integrity and EMC analysis can be included.


CADSTAR 12.0

Summary

Delivering new exciting features that will help reduce your time-to-market but most of all make designing EASIER!

  • Re-use of Design
  • Ease of use - NEW GUI
  • Design Migration Tool
  • Starting Schematic and PCB Design Wizard
  • Full release details.

CADSTAR 11

Summary

As well as the introduction of the Dragon Router, CADSTAR 11 saw the release of exciting new developments:


CADSTAR 10

Summary

It has never been easier to control your PCB or Schematic design. The enhanced CADSTAR design modules offer features such as:

  • Version control for Components & Symbols (both in PCB and Schematic)
  • Intelligent busses
  • Support of Rules by Area in Design Editor
  • Full release details.

For more information on CADSTAR and how you can upgrade to the latest release, please contact your local CADSTAR Distributor