What’s New in CR-8000 2018

Zuken’s CR-8000, the industry’s only product-centric design solution, continues to lead the way with next-generation tools capable of creating today’s and tomorrow’s complex product designs.

CR-8000 2018 has numerous enhancements aimed at ensuring performance, quality and manufacturability for today’s most advanced PCB technologies. These include enabling efficient front-loading of design constraints and specifications to the design creation process, coupled with sophisticated placement and routing capabilities for physical layout. This will increase efficiency and ensure quality through streamlined collaboration across the PCB design chain.

CR-8000 is the complete solution for your system-level, single and multi-board design requirements. In addition to the features highlighted below, further information is available in the product release notes.

  • Design Gateway
    • Constraint Browser
    • Rule Stack Editor
    • Enhanced variant handling
  • Design Force
    • Auto Complete & Route
    • Bus Routing
    • Re-route with connected components
    • Vias in poured conductive areas
    • Checks extended to non-conductor items
    • 3D PDF support



Design Gateway

Constraint Browser

Front-loading of design intent from Design Gateway to Design Force has been achieved by adding an enhanced, unified constraint browser for both applications. This enables hardware engineers to assign topology templates, modify differential signals and assign clearance classes to individual signals

 Topology Template
Topology Templates can be edited in a Constraint Browser and assigned to selected signals

Differential Pair The structure of differential signals can be modified


Rule Stack Editor

Using a rule stack editor during the circuit design phase, hardware engineers can now load design rules that include differential pair routing and routing width stacks directly from the design rule library into their schematic. Here they can modify and assign selected rules for improved cross talk and differential pair control.

Rule Stack Editor
Limited design rule stacks can be used for crosstalk and similar purposes, where specific track and area related spacing rules can be applied.
Same Net Stack New stacks can be created to specify rules for each layer.


Enhanced variant handling

In the Component Browser, component variants can be managed in the schematic, and assigned in a user-friendly table.

Destination Variation
Parts filtered in the design variation list can be displayed and their properties can be compared


Design Force

Auto Complete & Route

Manual routing of critical areas is backed up by a new Auto Complete & Route function that layout designers can use to complete manually routed traces in an automated way. Designers also have the option to look for paths on different layers while automatically inserting vias.

Track Snapping
Track Snapping allows the user to finish a track automatically. If the Intelligent Router is used, Design Force will search for paths on multiple layers

Bus Routing

A new bus routing function allows layout designers to sketch paths for multiple nets to be routed over dense areas. An added benefit is the routing of individual signals to the correct signal length as per the hardware engineer’s front loaded constraints, to meet timing skew and budgets.

Bus Routing   Bus Routing
Paths for multiple nets can be sketched manually for automatic completion. Individual signals will be routed to the correct signal length.


Re-route with connected components

If modifications to fully placed and routed boards are required, an automatic re-route function allows connected component pins to remain connected with a simple reroute operation during the move process. In all operations, clearance and signal length specifications are automatically controlled and adjusted by powerful algorithms.

 An automatic re-route function allows connected component pins to remain connected during the move process

Vias in poured conductive areas

To address manufacturing requirements for high-speed design, the automatic stitching of vias in poured conductive areas can be specified in comprehensive detail, i.e., inside area online, perimeter outline or both inside and perimeter.

Copper Via

Checks extended to non-conductor items

Design-for-manufacturing (DFM) has been enhanced to include checks for non-conductor items, such as silkscreen and assembly drawing placed reference designators. A design rule check will make sure component reference designators are listed in the same order as the parts for visual inspection accuracy.

A design rule check will make sure component reference designators are listed in the same order as the parts for visual inspection accuracy

3D PDF support

Design Force now supports creation of PRC files commonly used for 3D printing. The PRC files can be opened in PDF authoring applications such as Adobe Acrobat ®, where they are realized as a 3D PDF file complete with 3D models and bookmarks to browse the design.

3D PDF Support