What's New in CR-8000 2016

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 2016 helps engineers facing extremely tight turnarounds with its powerful new multi-user functionality. Concurrent multi-area PCB design reduces design time, meaning quicker time-to-market. In addition, a raft of native 3D design enhancements offer more efficient ECAD/MCAD task management and design re-use, plus functionality to enable early validation to reduce iterations and improve design quality.

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.


ANSYS Support


CR-8000 2016 expands ANSYS support beyond the existing ANSYS neutral file (ANF) format to include EDB, enhancing the simulation interface with Design Force, Zuken’s PCB design tool, ANSYS® HFSS™ software and ANSYS® SIwave™ software.

Using EDB in Design Force 2016, users can easily pass extensive information to support simulation, such as ports, boundary definitions and simulation control parameters to the ANSYS platform. CR-8000’s support for the EDB will deliver a unique virtual prototyping flow to simulate electromagnetic, thermal, and mechanical behavior of a product, allowing design engineers to meet their system power and performance targets, while reducing cost.

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Concurrent Multi-area PCB Design

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Engineers facing extremely tight turnarounds will benefit from powerful new multi-user functionality. Teams can work on the same design area, in the same product, at exactly the same time. Designs can be modified simultaneously, reducing the overall design time and making best use of globally-dispersed teams. Each engineer can control their own viewpoint, has continual and instantaneous visibility of the design, and any remaining unconnected nets.

Performance improvements in both the client and server offer design speeds of up to 17 times faster.

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Designers editing a GND structure simultaneously

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Efficient management of design changes and obsolescence

Design effort is dramatically reduced with improved part swap capability. Superseded or highlighted parts can be viewed directly within the circuit data, and changed collectively. This avoids time-consuming manual checks for part swaps, and enables designers to start the design at any point swapping out parts as the design progresses without building up time-consuming amendments and worrying about quality issues by missing an instance of a superseded part.

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Superseded or highlighted parts can be viewed directly within the circuit data, and changed collectively

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Modular Circuit Design

The circuit block library can be searched and re-used, which offers increased a more streamlined and simple design process. Component frame or grouping helps manage re-use block elements. Building on existing constraint re-use functionality, constraint arbitration allows users to view a section of the block and easily see conflicting constraints, as well as define which information to preserve within a design by constraint or object.

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3D Product Design enhancements

True component shapes are now defined within the library at footprint, package, part and instance level, in addition to existing support in PCB design.

Origin alignment is managed, ensuring a common reference point between the ECAD and MCAD libraries and alignment of the 3D shape to the component footprint.

With rigid-flex product visualization and design validation checks, the bend of the flex board can be modeled and collisions viewed to check design issues with the product modeled to final state condition. This avoids design re-work and iterations between mechanical and electrical design.

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True component shape reference and alignment defined within the ECAD library, delivering simple and efficient 3D true component shape visualization within physical layout design stage.

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Bending flex with collision check avoids design rework and iterations between ECAD/MCAD.

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Design data sharing

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An accurate 3D component model of output to MCAD is supported, with export of a whole or subset of the design

An accurate 3D component model of output to MCAD is supported, with export of a whole or subset of the design. MCAD data import versions have been updated:

  • IPC-2581 output modes for inspection & design
  • ODB++ import and export updates
  • Ansys Electronic DataBase (EDB) format support

Chip-Package-Board co-design

Performance improvements mean support is now available for very large pin count devices. In addition, support for the latest LEF/DEF format (v 5.8 import/export) is available. Designers can create components directly from semiconductor design data.

Design analysis improvement

Analog simulation is strengthened with an interface to Linear Technologies. LTSpice is a powerful, fast and mainstream simulation tool, schematic capture and waveform viewer with enhancements and models for improving the simulation of switching regulators.

New SI analysis features include:

  • Package model and algorithmic modeling with IBIS-AMI
  • Frequency domain analysis from electrical editor
  • Improved S-parameter support, with results display and export capability.

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Improved test point support

Test points can be allocated automatically at all stages of the design process, saving designers time. Back annotation of test points is achieved, with information assigned to the nearest component pin.

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Design efficiency

Real-time routing information is enhanced, with designers receiving visual confirmation of constraint compliance. SI/PI and EMI analysis is improved:

  • IBIS-AMI support
  • S-parameter display and export
  • Package model assignment at buffer model symbols

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