CADSTAR 14

New Features Overview - Enhancement and Highlights

  • Accepted DRC Errors - design rule errors in the Design Rule Check Report can be marked as accepted by the user allowing users to concentrate on other errors in the design.
  • Pin Identifiers and Alphanumeric Pin Names - pin numbers in components have been replaced by pin identifiers, which support alphanumeric characters and non-consecutive numbers.
  • Autoroute Schematic Connections when Moving - when moving design items on a schematic design the connections will be dynamically autorouted to avoid crossing other connections and symbols.
  • Enhanced BGA Wizard - enables additional pin configurations to be specified to allow automation of any simple to complex high pin-count device package creation.
  • Drill Table Enhancements – includes support for user-defined columns and offers users more control and flexibility over what information is displayed.
  • Name Range By Sheet – users can access this new option to define reference designator prefix ranges for each page of the schematic to automate the assignment of reference designators in CADSTAR Schematic.
  • Rename Pads – provide the ability in Component Editor to rename pads to give more control over the naming used. Naming may be applied numerically or alphanumerically and the directions (horizontal or vertical) in which alphabetical and numerical identifiers are applied can be controlled.
  • Via Color By Layer Pair – eases management of designs using build-up via technology with features for users to apply unique colors to vias by layer pairs.

For the full details of what's new in CADSTAR 14,
view the CADSTAR 14 What's New documentation.

CADSTAR 14: Accepted DRC Errors

Any Design Rule Error in the Design Rule Check Report can be marked as accepted by the user. This allows the user to concentrate on other errors in the design.

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CADSTAR 14: Pin Identifiers and Alphanumeric Pin Names

Pin numbers in components have been replaced by pin identifiers, which support alphanumeric characters and non-consecutive numbers. Pin names can also now start with numeric characters and can be purely numeric.

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CADSTAR 14: Autoroute Schematic Connections when Moving

When moving design elements on a schematic diagram the connections will be dynamically autorouted to avoid crossing other connections and symbols.

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CADSTAR 14: BGA Wizard Update

The BGA and Staggered Grid wizards have been improved to allow additional pin configurations to be specified. Additional parameters have been added to specify:

  • Number of pins to remove from each corner (BGA Wizard only)
  • Cavity window size
  • Size of an additional group of pins in the center of the cavity area
  • Number of pins to be added to the middle and/or corner of the cavity window

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CADSTAR 14: Drill Table Enhancements

The Drill Table has been updated to include an extra column that is user-defined, allowing for any extra information to be added to the table. The visibility of columns within the table can now be controlled to give the user more flexibility over what information is displayed. CADSTAR also now provides a way to suppress the most frequent Drill Letter on a layer-pair basis, to reduce clutter in designs.

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CADSTAR 14: Name Range by Sheet

Name Range by Sheet is a new setting for CADSTAR Schematic that allows users to manage component names from the start of the design cycle. The user establishes a defined range for each sheet and all new symbols will then be added with a name appropriate for the range of the sheet.

An active report is added that lists Name Range by Sheet settings and any symbols whose name suffix is not within the defined range of the sheet they are on. Positional Rename has been modified to provide a mechanism to quickly rename any symbols that are not correctly named.

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CADSTAR 14: Rename Pads

The ability in Component Editor to rename pads has been enhanced to give more control over the naming used. This is in line with the support of alphanumeric pin names. Naming may be applied numerically or alphanumerically and the directions (horizontal or vertical) in which alphabetical and numerical identifiers are applied can be controlled.

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CADSTAR 14: Via Color by Layer Pair

CADSTAR now allows colors to be applied to vias by their layer pair so all vias of a certain layer pair can be displayed in the same color. This allows users to quickly see which vias correspond to which layer pair.

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