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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. Given these points, it is the fastest, most effective multi-board PCB design software available today. Design Force enables design teams to layout their designs in the context of a complete system or product.

Concurrent design of multiple PCBs and Chip-Packages in a single environment

Hierarchical multi-board PCB 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

Multi-Board PCB Design

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.

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Design Force lets you manage multiple boards in one system, and bring them together in their physical environment.

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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.

Functionality Overview

Design Force combines traditional 2D PCB design with native 3D multi-board PCB design to support single board, multi-board, and chip-package-board analysis and optimization.

advanced pcb layout software

PCB designers can manage multiple boards in one system and select a combination of PCBs, packages, and SoCs. In other words: you can complete the layout of your design as a complete system.

CR-8000 Design Force - 3D Multiboard PCB

Design Force is the industry’s only chip/package/board co-design solution in one design tool.

With Design Force you can design and optimize your IC packaging design and, in fact, never leave your PCB layout.

CR-8000 Design Force SiP Board
3D co-design of SiP with TSV on a PCB

Design Force supports advanced PCB layout tasks with sophisticated manual and automatic features that adhere to a configurable set of constraints. Built-in analysis tools allow users to conduct signal integrity analysis concurrently during the physical layout.

Easy-to-use interactive placement and routing features along with powerful auto-placement and auto-routing capabilities boost productivity while automatically adhering to constraints. As a result, Design Force can ensure manufacturability and signal as well as power integrity.

Our multi-board PCB design software allows access to embedded EMI and power integrity analysis. It also supports integrations to best-in-class analysis solutions for disciplines such as RF, Full-wave 3D signal integrity, power integrity, and thermal.

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.

Available Extensions

CR-8000 Design Force allows for a multitude of extensions to meet your specific design requirements

CR-8000 ADM (Advanced Design for Manufacture) facilitates comprehensive checking of PCB manufacturability early in the design process. In essence, the checks assess whether the design conforms to manufacturing as well as component mounting specifications.

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As IC packaging architecture advances, Design Force enables the designer to deal with the growing complexity in design space especially in handling high pin-counts, high-density designs, and the need to interface with multiple formats and flows.

With this purpose in mind, 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.

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Our PCB layout software offers true co-design through a hierarchical setup that can bring multiple designs together in the same framework. The connectivity between designs can be set up automatically or manually.

In either case, 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.

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A powerful PCB FPGA co-design environment that enables the exchange of I/O and constraint information between PCB designs and FPGA designs.

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Scenario EX enables checking the electrical characteristics and the connection topology of signal tracks. For instance, 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. Scenario EX can be used either stand-alone or embedded into Design Force (Design Force SI).

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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)

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Fast and easy check of the current density of a layout structure towards a given maximum.

Designers can specify multiple instances of strategy-driven areas and simultaneously auto-route the design.

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Board Viewer – free CAD viewer 

Board Viewer allows users to share and review native Design Force data to enhance overall communication during product development.

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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.

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3D product visualization is unquestionably becoming a critical need as 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 evidently cannot meet the needs of a 3D multi-discipline product design process.

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A simulation environment for Power Integrity (AC impedance and de-coupling impact, DC voltage drop, current analysis) and electro-magnetic interference (EMI) with attention to full board screening, differential mode, common mode, power bus noise).

An extension to Design Force specifically for the creation of panel designs, fabrication and assembly drawings, and CAM outputs.

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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

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