What’s New in CADSTAR 16

CADSTAR 16The latest version of CADSTAR PCB design software 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.

The P.R.Editor move tool in Activ-45 has been enhanced to use the pusher and spring-back engine when moving vias, and the lengthen functionality has been enhanced to allow work on individual pin pairs.

  • Flexibility in shape creation - The flexibility and usability of the Design Editor shape creation functionality has been improved.
  • Modify items within a group - Items contained within a group in the Design Editor can be selected and modified without the need to first perform an ungroup.
  • Drag to add a connection - When working with a schematic in the Design Editor, performing a drag operation from a symbol pin will start adding a connection – in the same way you would drag-move an item.
  • Actual versus rule values included in the Design Rule Error List - The Design Rule Check Report within the Design Editor reports the actual spacing as compared to the design rule spacing for a given error.
  • Named property for PCB Only Pads - A property named “PCB Only Pad” is available for component footprint pads.
  • Pan easily using the Hand Tool - A Hand Tool is allows the display to be panned by dragging with the mouse. Simply press the middle mouse button and drag the mouse in the required direction, similar to Acrobat Reader and many other graphical tools.
  • Find using “Jump to Item” or “Net List filter” - The Design Editor Find command has a “Jump To Selected Item” option with First, Previous, Next, and Last choices, greatly simplifying the process of navigating through schematic items that span multiple sheets.
  • PDF output attribute filter - The Print to PDF setup has been enhanced to include an Attribute filter which allows users to control attributes that appear in the tooltips of the pdf file generated from Design Editor.
  • Floating Modeless Layer Setting dialog in P.R.Editor - The Layer Setting dialog in P.R. Editor is a floating and modeless window.
  • Activ-45 Move and Re-lengthening enhancements - The P.R.Editor Move tool in Activ-45 has been enhanced to use the pusher and spring-back engine when moving vias.
  • Unlengthen - An unlengthen command has been added to the P.R.Editor Routing menu. This allows users to remove all lengthening patterns from the selected net segments.
  • Analysis frequency ranges extended - Power Integrity analysis frequency range has been extended to 100kHz - 10GHz (previously 10MHz - 1GHz).

Flexibility in shape creation

CADSTAR 16 Shape Creation
 Increased flexibility in shape creation

The flexibility and usability of the Design Editor shape creation functionality has been improved to allow the following values to be entered:

  • radius when adding a circle or modifying an arc
  • width and height when adding a rectangle
  • exact coordinates when adding a polygon/polyline

An arc can be added directly during polygon/polyline creation.

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Modify items within a group

CADSTAR Modify Group
Items in a group can be selected and modified without ungrouping (Design Editor)

Items contained within a group in the Design Editor can be selected and modified without the need to first perform an ungroup. Simply select the group with the first click, then select the item(s) within the group (and outside if needed) with the second click, and manipulate the item(s) as required.

  

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Drag to add a connection

CADSTAR 16 - Drag to add connection
Drag from a symbol pin to add a connection

When working with a schematic in the Design Editor, performing a drag operation from a symbol pin will start adding a connection – in the same way you would drag-move an item. Connections can also be started from junction points, danglers, block terminals, block shapes, busses and connections by dragging while holding down the ‘Ctrl’ key.

 

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Actual versus rule values included in the Design Rule Error List

CADSTAR Design Rule Error List

The Design Rule Check Report within the Design Editor reports the actual spacing as compared to the design rule spacing for a given error. An active link is included to the appropriate design rule in the assignments dialog for fast and easy access.

 

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Named property for PCB Only Pads

CADSTAR 16 PCB Only Pad 
New “PCB Only Pad” property

A property named “PCB Only Pad” is available for component footprint pads. The property is used to mark mechanical pads that only appear in the PCB. The purpose of the property is to prevent ECO Update and Back Annotation from changing pads containing the property. These pads no longer need to be added to the exclusion file. The PCB Only Pads are managed within the Component Editor.

 

 

 

 

 

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Pan easily using the Hand Tool

CADSTAR PCB Only Pads 
Pan the display easily by dragging the mouse

A Hand Tool is allows the display to be panned by dragging with the mouse. Simply press the middle mouse button and drag the mouse in the required direction, similar to Acrobat Reader and many other graphical tools. This function is supported in Design Editor, Embedded Router and Library Editor. The Hand tool can be used to pan the display during execution of commands (e.g. when moving a component, etc.)

 

 

 

 

 

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Find using “Jump to Item” or “Net List filter”

The Design Editor Find command has a “Jump To Selected Item” option with First, Previous, Next, and Last choices, greatly simplifying the process of navigating through schematic items that span multiple sheets. The Net List filter within the By Net tab displays Net Route Codes, Net Classes and Spacing Classes, allowing these items to be used as filters without typing their names and without leaving the Find dialog to look up names that exist within the design.

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PDF output attribute filter

CADSTDAR 16 PDF output attribute filter
Control the attributes output to pdf

The Print to PDF setup has been enhanced to include an Attribute filter which allows users to control attributes that appear in the tooltips of the pdf file generated from Design Editor.

 

 

 

 

 

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Floating Modeless Layer Setting dialog in P.R.Editor

CADSTAR 16 Layer Setting
 Layer Settings dialog is floating and modeless

The Layer Setting dialog in P.R. Editor is a floating and modeless window. This dialog can be used to easily update the current, active, or displayed layer.

 

 

 

 

 

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Pin-pair based lengthening

The P.R.Editor lengthen functionality has been enhanced to work on individual pin pairs. This methodology has been shown to yield a better overall lengthening result by providing an improved resolution of skew constraints and overlapping constraints.

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Activ-45 Move and Re-lengthening enhancements

The P.R.Editor Move tool in Activ-45 has been enhanced to use the pusher and spring-back engine when moving vias. This move behavior is similar to that of Activ-45 routing. Furthermore, Active-45 automatic re-lengthening allows existing lengthening blocks to be adjusted automatically during Activ-45 route and move operations. Re-lengthen can be set to Off, Continuous, Click, or End.

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Unlengthen

 CADSTAR Unlengthen Command
New unlengthen command

An unlengthen command has been added to the P.R.Editor Routing menu. This allows users to remove all lengthening patterns from the selected net segments. Simply select a single segment in a lengthening block and the lengthening will be removed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Analysis frequency ranges extended

CADSTAR S-Parameter
S-parameter extended frequency range 

Power Integrity analysis frequency range has been extended to 100kHz - 10GHz (previously 10MHz - 1GHz). The frequency is user definable, balancing simulation with efficiency. The analysis plots can be created either linear or logarithmic to show the simulation results over a much larger frequency range. For S-parameters generated by SI simulation, the frequency range has been extended to 15GHz.

 

 

 

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For the full details of what's new in CADSTAR 16, please refer to the What’s New documentation included with the software.