Concurrent design of multiple PCBs and Chip-Packages in a single environment
3D Multi-Board PCB Layout Software
CR-8000 Design Force
Design Force combines traditional 2D design with native 3D design and the latest human interface techniques, accelerated graphics, and almost instantaneous rendering and refreshing. It is the fastest, most effective PCB layout software available today. Design Force enables design teams to layout their designs in the context of a complete system or product.
Hierarchical multi-board design and system-level signal and design traceability
Single environment for high-speed design with constraint management and SI and PI analysis
Design to any manufacturing specification with built-in design for manufacturing (DFM) checks
With a native 2D and 3D architecture, designers can effectively co-design a chip, package and board to optimize I/Os at each level, embed components in the dielectric of a stack-up intelligently, and verify manufacturing rules in real-time. Concurrent design-for-manufacturing checks and constraint verification ensure that both manufacturing and engineering intent are maintained during the design process.
Take a look at CR-8000 Design Force
Design Force lets you manage multiple boards in one system, and bring them together in their physical environment.
CR-8000 / CR-5000 Board Viewer
Design Force enables design teams to layout their designs in the context of a complete system or product. Designers can easily create any design from quick prototype boards to complex, multi-board systems using one tool. With inherent support for high-speed designs, engineers and layout designers can conduct signal integrity, EMC, and power integrity analysis concurrently, manage constraints, and autoroute a board – all in one environment.
Multiple PCBs in one environment
Design Force combines traditional 2D PCB design with native 3D design to support a single board, multi-board and chip-package-board interconnect analysis and optimization.
System-level signal traceability
Design Force manages multiple boards in one system. Users can select from a combination of PCBs, packages, and SoCs, and complete the layout of the design as a complete system.
Design Force is the industry’s only chip/package/board co-design solution in one PCB layout tool.
With Design Force you can design and optimize your IC packaging design and never leave your PCB layout.
Design Force supports advanced PCB layout tasks with sophisticated manual and automatic functionality that adheres to user definable sets of constraints. With integrated analysis tools, users can conduct signal integrity analysis concurrently during the physical layout.
Placement and Routing
Easy-to-use interactive placement and routing features and powerful autoplacement and autorouting capabilities boost productivity while automatically adhering to differentiated constraints to ensure manufacturability and signal as well as power integrity.
Design Force PCB layout software allows access to embedded EMI and power integrity analysis and supports integrations to best-in-class analysis solutions for disciplines such as RF, Full-wave 3D signal integrity, power integrity, and thermal.
DFM Checks and Manufacturing Outputs
Design to any manufacturing specification during layout with built-in design for manufacturing (DFM) checks. Creation of panel designs, fabrication and assembly drawings, and CAM outputs.
CR-8000 Design Force allows for a multitude of extensions to meet your specific design requirements
Advanced Design Rule Checking
Advanced IC Packaging
As IC packaging architecture advances, Zuken’s Design Force enables the designer to deal with the growing complexity in design space in handling high pin-counts, high-density designs, and the need to interface with multiple formats and flows. Parametric wizards are available to define and optimize pin maps. A native 3D interface is available to deal with the various package architectures allowing for seamless co-design with chip and PCB designs. For feasibility studies, automatic fan-out and full routing features are available.
Our PCB layout software offers true co-design through a hierarchical setup wherein multiple designs can be brought together in the same framework. The connectivity between designs can be set up automatically or manually. The user is then able to move between designs (chip RDL, package, or board or any combination thereof). This enables the user to accurately see and edit the nets/routing on a system scale.
PCB FPGA Co-Design
A powerful PCB FPGA co-design environment that enables the exchange of I/O and constraint information between PCB designs and FPGA designs.
Embedded SI Analysis and Topology Planning - Scenario EX
Scenario EX enables to check the electrical characteristics and the connection topology of signal tracks. It allows “What-If Scenarios” of both schematic and layout data to optimize the behaviour of a circuit. It can be used both for interactive design and design verification. It can be used stand-alone or embedded into Design Force (Design Force SI)
Signal Integrity, Power Integrity and EMC Simulation
CR-8000 includes fully-integrated simulation and analysis tools to verify all aspects of your single or multi-board designs including:
- Signal Integrity
- Power Integrity
- Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC)
Current Density Check
Fast and easy check of the current density of a layout structure towards a given maximum.
Multi-instance Interactive and Automatic Routing
Advanced interactive and automatic routing. Specify multiple instances of strategy-driven areas and simultaneously autoroute the design.
Sharing and Reviewing Design Data
Board Viewer – free CAD viewer
Board Viewer allows users to share and review native Design Force data to enhance communication during product development.
Board Viewer Advance
An enhanced viewing tool for sharing and reviewing Design Force design information including component property viewing (query), cross-probing with schematics; Design Rule Checks and manufacturing rule checks; graphical comparison of boards.
3D product visualization is becoming a critical need as the electrical and mechanical designs converge with little room for error. Many companies cite ECAD / MCAD design synchronization as a significant product design challenge. Traditional 2D PCB-centric design cannot meet the needs of a 3D multi-discipline product design process.
PI/EMI Analysis Module
A simulation environment for Power Integrity (AC impedance and de-coupling impact, DC voltage drop, current analysis) and electro-magnetic interference (EMI full board screening, differential mode, common mode, power bus noise).
An extension to the Design Force PCB layout software for the creation of panel designs, fabrication and assembly drawings, and CAM outputs.
On demand webinars
In this presentation, an EMC minded PCB design approach is presented, allowing designers to understand which EMC rules will apply to PCB projects and how EMC analysis capabilities can be utilized in the CAD flow to reduce the risk of EMC compliance failure once the board is manufactured.
In our webinar we will provide an introduction to the challenges of signal integrity and the underlying physical effects. This will provide the basis for practical tips to address the related challenges during PCB design.
DDR5 is the latest generation of memory. In this joint webinar with Keysight Technologies, we’ll begin with pre-layout simulation, then transition to CR-8000. The design will then be verified by Electromagnetic (EM) simulation and system simulations in Keysight ADS, in order to build confidence in the final DDR5 design.
Repeating the same mistakes, missing key requirements, and failure to follow design guidelines all cost time and money. An engineering knowledge base that is tightly integrated with the PCB design process can be a key differentiator for your design team.
Our satisfied customers
Our use of Design Gateway and Design Force within Zuken’s CR-8000 platform has enhanced the way our PCB designers and mechanical design engineers work together when developing complex flexible and flexi-rigid PCBs.
Pete LeonardElectronic Design Manager for Group Engineering, Renishaw
We have nothing but high praise for the Zuken development team, who produced results through active efforts under Pegatron proprietary technical requirements, and the outstanding flexibility of CR-8000, which has enabled us to pursue expanded functionality on our own. We are confident that utilizing this data and transferring design data will help us to expand our company’s business.
Mr. Steven HuangSenior Director RD Center-EA, SIM & CAE Division, Pegatron
In the development of the world’s thinnest and lightest 20-inch large-screen 4K tablet, CR-8000 Design Force’s system-level SI and thermal analysis effectively reduced the number of design spins during the project. Due to the success of this project, we will make more efforts with Zuken to develop our next generation 4K tablet using CR-8000 Design Force.
Mr. Kiyoshi Nakanishi4K Tablet Development Manager, Panasonic
With Zuken’s CR-8000 Design Force we have state-of-the-art technology to help us respond to the latest trends in the electronics industry. We also expect to see a remarkable boost in productivity due to a more streamlined process and tighter integration with simulation tools.
Patrik ModigSite Manager, Enics
Find out more about CR-8000 Design Force via our blogs, press releases and more...
Key development themes for CR-8000 2020 are superior design efficiency, comprehensive system-level design and verification, and support for the latest advancements in packaging technology.
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Design Force Blog Posts
Board design rule checks only check up to the board outline. If you had dropped or moved some data outside the board outline there was no check for this until now...
What drives the features that are added or updated in a new release? The majority of the changes or additions in any Zuken tool release are customer-driven. Our customers provide valuable insight into emerging technologies, process and methodology changes, and the direction in which their EDA needs are taking them. This post focuses on the high points of the CR-8000 2020 release.
Checking the pinout of your connectors is an important part of creating your printed circuit board. Checking your pin connections can save you from a costly re-spin of your circuit board. This can be done using the Constraint Browser in Design Force. By default, the Constraint Browser does not show this information.
A function that pushes tracks away and avoids obstacles when a via is moved has been added. This is a great advantage for the designer when routing. What use to take a lot of time to move traces and vias to move a via to a new location has been greatly enhanced using the “Activ-45 Router”.
The benefits of developing all boards of a system concurrently on a single CAD canvas. Stacking PCBs, as opposed to connecting with cables, in multi-board design is a current and highly popular trend, as manufacturing costs are reduced and reliability improved.
This video demonstrates how you can export a STEP file from CR-8000 Design Force including automatically editing your package shape and deformation spec to reduce heat transfer and fluid flow simulation time in ANSYS Icepak.