multi-board pcb design 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 design solution 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 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.


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Share and review native design information to enhance communication during product development
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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.

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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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Functionality Overview

Design Force (3D multi-board pcb design software) combines traditional 2D design with native 3D design to support single board, multi-board and chip-package-board interconnect analysis and optimization.

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.

CR-8000 Design Force - 3D Multiboard PCB

Design Force is the industry’s only chip/package/board co-design solution in one tool. With Design Force, multi-board pcb design software,  you can design and optimize your IC packaging design and never leave your PCB design.

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 functionality that adheres to user definable sets of constraints.  With integrated analysis tools, users can conduct signal integrity analysis concurrently during the physical layout.

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 allows access to embedded EMI and power integrity analysis, and supports integrations to best-in-class analysis solutions for disciplines such 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

Comprehensive checking of PCB manufacturability early in the design process.CR-8000 ADM (Advanced Design for Manufacture) facilitates checking that the design conforms to both manufacturing and component mounting specifications.

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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.

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Zuken’s CR-8000 Design Force 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 setup automatically or manually. The user is then able to move between designs (chip RDL, package or board or any combination thereof). This enables 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 exchange of I/O and constraint information between PCB designs and FPGA designs.

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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)

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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

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

Advanced interactive and automatic routing. Specify multiple instances of strategy-driven areas and simultaneously autoroute the design.

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Board Viewer – free design viewer 

Board Viewer allows users to share and review native Design Force data to enhance 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 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.

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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 full board screening, differential mode, common mode, power bus noise).

Creation of panel designs, fabrication and assembly drawings, and CAM outputs.

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CR-8000 Design Force Webinars

  • Webinar
October 26, 2022
Flex PCB Design Guidelines for Manufacturing
Webinar, Sierra Circuits, Zuken, CR-8000 Release 2020
  • 2020 Technical Webinars
May 18, 2020
High-Speed Design and Analysis Using CR-8000

This webinar will explore a high-speed design process in CR-8000 that utilizes a constraint browser, topology template, crosstalk estimation, signal and power integrity simulations.

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  • 2020 Technical Webinars
May 14, 2020
CR-8000 2020 Release Update

In this session, we will review some of the new features that have been added in the CR-8000 Design Force and offer some explanation of how these additions will benefit our customers within their design flows.

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  • Webinar
April 25, 2019
Practical Signal Integrity for improved EMI Control in PCB Design

The fast signal switching times of today’s digital systems require particular attention to the signal integrity during design to ensure reliable operation and EMI control.

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  • On-Demand Webinar
November 28, 2018
Design PCBs using an engineering knowledge base - with Circuit DR-Navi

As design cycles condense and first pass success becomes essential the need to ensure that engineering requirements, best practices, design guidelines and lessons learned are all used to drive the PCB design becomes paramount.

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  • On-Demand Webinar
November 28, 2018
Electro-Magnetic Compatibility (EMC) Design Basics

Electro-Magnetic Compatibility (EMC) is typically defined as the ability of a product to function in its environment without introducing electromagnetic disturbance.

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Got a Question? - Contact Zuken today

For more information on how Zuken can help your design process, contact Zuken today.
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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 Leonard, Electronic Design Manager for Group Engineering at Renishaw

We’re excited about working with Zuken to harness Design Force and take our products even further, giving our users a seamless experience from design to output and optimization.

Simon FriedChief Business Officer, Nano Dimension

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