CADSTAR 12.1

New Features Overview - Enhancement & Highlights

For the full details of What's New in CADSTAR 12.1,
view the What's New documentation

 

CADSTAR 12.1: Re-use of design  

Reusing existing design data is the quickest and most efficient way to streamline your design processes. In CADSTAR 12.1 there is now full capability to do just that.

With CADSTAR 12.1, Zuken are delivering a modern design environment, which will help you to create and easily store blocks of a design, and re-use them when you need them.

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CADSTAR 12.1: OLE interface to MRP, ERP or E-PLM systems, direct storage in any ODBC-compliant database 

With the ability to store Parts Libraries into an ODBC-compliant database, searching your libraries for the correct component becomes not only faster, but as well the integration with MRP, ERP or e-PLM systems becomes now much easier. It’s easy to verify that parts, components, and symbols used are the latest versions available. Warnings can be issued on obsolescent or obsolete parts selected, and component updates with alternatives can be obtained, to ensure old designs can be maintained. Custom symbols, components and footprints can be easily created, along with customised datasheets in HTML for every part in the library. These can be viewed and shared locally or on-line; vital for manufacturing and procurement.

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CADSTAR 12.1: Analysis and Verification 

 For analysis and verification, two packages, SI Verify for signal integrity and EMC Adviser, are seamlessly integrated with CADSTAR. SI Verify uses IBIS and Spice models, and can be used as an estimator, in ‘what if’ mode or will run a complete signal integrity simulation on the design. Meeting the needs of todays high speed, high density boards, geometry extraction and analysis allows engineers to consider the parasitic impact of vias and microvias. EMC Adviser is driven from the CADSTAR PCB Design editor. It requires no external net or component lists, exchanges files or translators, and can be used by both EMC experts or non-specialists.

With CADSTAR 12.1 we are delivering a modern design environment, which will not only help you to find a component easily, but also find the correct one.

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CADSTAR 12.1: BoardModeler Lite (3D) 

  • Simple or detailed 3D component models automatically displayed in 3D layout
  • 3D model wizards for easy creation of your detailed 3D component models
  • Support of STEP, ACIS, STL and IDF format for easy interfacing with your MCAD department
  • Import new board outlines to meet the CAD design, with automatic board layout changes
  • Back-annotation of newly imported or modified board shape and component placement data into Design Editor
  • Easy control icons to perform operations on separate elements, like moving components or running collision checks.
  • View individual collisions between board and case and make placement changes to resolve them

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CADSTAR 12.1: Embedded routing 

Intelligent automation is theme behind the enhanced features in Embedded Place & Route Editor, with the interactive ability of the Placement Tools and Move Components facility.

With CADSTAR 12.1 we are delivering a modern design environment, which uses the latest Windows compliant GUI, including dockable windows and tabbed design windows. This allows you to use your CADSTAR tool in a more comfortable and efficient way than ever before.

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CADSTAR 12.1: P.R.Editor XR HS (Place & Route High-Speed) 

At the heart of Cadstar 12.1 is the P.R.Editor XR HS (Place & Route High-Speed). Taking a ‘right-first-time’ approach, this powerful placement and routing tool is optimised for speed and accuracy, to tackle today’s dense PCB designs. It handles a wide range of circuit rules and routing constraints that can be set early in the design process to ensure designs are implemented correctly first time.

With CADSTAR 12.1 we are delivering a modern design environment, which uses the latest Windows compliant GUI, including dockable windows and tabbed design windows. This allows you to use your CADSTAR tool in a more comfortable and efficient way than ever before.

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CADSTAR 12.1: Ease of Use, new GUI 

Since CADSTAR 12.0 you can quickly and easily use only the menus that you need. There are several ways of doing this including, hiding unused menus, docking menus that are the most useful and formatting your screen with the use of separate windows in a tabbed layout. CADSTAR 12.1 uses the screen layouts that we have become familiar with from using other applications, making it easier to organize your interface.

With CADSTAR 12.1 we are delivering a modern design environment, which uses the latest Windows compliant GUI, including dockable windows and tabbed design windows. This allows you to use your CADSTAR tool in a more comfortable and efficient way than ever before.

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CADSTAR 12.1: True STAR-point routing 

Of particular interest to designers of mixed signal boards, is support for true star-point routing in both the Design Editor and the Place & Route Editor tools. The important differentiator with the Zuken star-point router is that not only does it facilitate the interconnection of different GNDs, but it fully respects the constraints within the Design Rule Checker to ensure there are no subsequent errors.

With CADSTAR 12.1 we are delivering a modern design environment, which uses the latest Windows compliant GUI, including dockable windows and tabbed design windows. This allows you to use your CADSTAR tool in a more comfortable and efficient way than ever before.

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CADSTAR Design Migration Tool 

  • Do you have legacy designs in other EDA tools and want to protect your IP when migrating to CADSTAR?
  • What if you were able to insert PADS, Altium, and OrCAD designs quickly and easily into CADSTAR?
  • What if you could use the great new PCB design features from CADSTAR in your old design?

For the first time, users can carry out design migration directly from CADSTAR, without the requirement for any additional add-on tools. This ‘one-click’ migration option allows users to use design data from competitive software packages within CADSTAR, without losing valuable library and design information. The CADSTAR design migration tool enables organisations to transition to the CADSTAR PCB design environment while protecting historical investment and IP for future reuse and reference.

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CADSTAR 12.1: Starting Schematic & PCB Design Wizard 

When starting a new design, inputting all the title block information can be the least of your worries. For this reason there are often mistakes or missing information which is vital when printing the design and distributing that design data. In this version of CADSTAR you will find pre defined templates, a unique dialogue box which shows you all the required parameters and fields that are positioned and justified at the optimum location to minimise the time you have to spend on this area of getting the design started.

With CADSTAR 12.1 we are delivering a modern design environment, which offers you a starting design wizard that lets you choose your template and fill all information without missing anything.