PCB Design and Data Management

ZIW PCB and IC Packaging Design Track

Track 3

Track 3 Classes

Instructors & Classes

June 7, 9:15 AM 

Mr. Nicolas Chaillan
Mr. Nicolas Chaillan, former Chief Software Officer of the United States Air Force and Space Force

Mr. Nicolas Chaillan, former Chief Software Officer of the United States Air Force and Space Force, will deliver the keynote address for the combined general session.

Currently serving as CTO of Prevent Breach, Mr. Chaillan will share how his team implemented agile software innovation and DevSecOps across the largest organization on the planet and how this approach was incorporated on multiple systems such as jet fighters, bombers, and even nuclear programs. Along with that change came significant benefits that he will share which include a culture shift, improved efficiency, reduced time to deployment, and billions in savings of taxpayer dollars.

June 7, 10:15 AM – All Levels

Instructor: Kazuhiro Kariya, Chief Technical Officer,  Zuken


This session will explain Zuken’s position from the view of the history of technology challenges in the past. The latest Zuken product portfolio and the direction of Zuken will be introduced. And the new challenges on going will be explained with some topics.

June 7, 11:15 AM – Beginner

Instructor: Steve Watt, Manager of PCB Engineering

Steve Watt is an engineering manager at Zuken USA, focused on helping customers utilize and adopt Zuken tools to optimize their design processes. He also works to improve Zuken’s products based on customer input. Steve is an avid skier and an occasional sailor.


In this class, we will spend time exploring what is new in the CR-8000 tool suite. We’ll show some examples and explain some of the main new features and functions of this robust suite of tools. Please join us to get a jump start on leveraging these new capabilities in your design processes.

June 7, 1:00 PM – Intermediate

Instructor: Joseph de la Fuente, Engineering Manager at Lockheed Martin

Joseph de la Fuente is the engineering manager for the Lockheed Martin Space PCB Design Group. This group performs layout for many different internal development and production aerospace projects. He matriculated with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Santa Clara University and resides in the California Bay Area.


The advent of the IPC-2581 file format is a unique opportunity for the PCB Industry to be more model-centric in its workflows. This non-proprietary file is form-fit-function complete, so designers and engineers should utilize its capabilities to reduce the reliance and creation of traditional paper-based documentation.

In this talk, I will cover three aspects:

  1. A review of traditional paper-based design documentation and manufacturing files that would be better expressed as properties embedded in the IPC-2581 file.
  2. A description of Zuken and Lockheed Martin’s collaboration to shape Design Force’s GUI and IPC-2581 exporter to realize a reduced documentation workflow.
  3. A showing of detailed examples of reduced-documentation workflows, demonstrating their benefits to producers and consumers of design content.

Zuken has been a strong partner in realizing Lockheed Martin’s vision for how the IPC-2581 file should be utilized in the future. Without this tight collaboration, design processes, especially ones that are directly relevant to production, are prone to inertia.

About Lockheed Martin:

Lockheed Martin is an American defense and aerospace contractor. It is one of the largest contractors for the US Department of Defense. In 2020, it generated $60 billion USD in revenue and employed over 100,000 people.

June 7, 2:00 PM – All Levels

Instructor: Wilmer Companioni, Technical Marketing Manager

As the technical marketing manager, Wilmer Companioni focuses on communicating effective solutions to design engineering challenges. He likes grounding his message in the design challenges frequently encountered by engineers and combining the capabilities of the tool with design processes and methodologies. On the weekends (and on the occasional weekday) Wilmer makes amazing cocktails.


It is one thing to know the mechanics of running PI and SI simulations, but it is entirely another to have confidence in the outcomes and know what to do with the results. The quality of the results is very much a product of the nuance of the setup, garbage in, garbage out. This particular ZIW class focuses on some of the main areas of the SI/PI setup to ensure that you get accurate, actionable results.


June 7, 3:00 PM – Beginner

Instructor: Andy Buja, Technical Account Manager

Andy Buja is a technical account manager for eCADSTAR, helping customers successfully implement new EDA solutions. A long-time member of the Zuken team, his work focuses on ensuring customers move forward quickly and efficiently with their PCB design and engineering solutions. When not working, he has a passion for boating and off-shore kayak fishing on Cape Cod.


Whether you are using CR-8000 Design Force or eCADSTAR, understanding routing strategies is key to getting the best results possible.

While many users fail to appreciate the ability to automate their PCB routing process, many have learned to appreciate the fundamentals of using functional tasks as tools in their routing toolbox.

As Zuken continues to develop artificial intelligence solutions, you can learn how to add intelligence to your automatic routing challenges to solve some of the most time-consuming tasks.

June 7, 4:00 PM – All Levels

Instructor: Lance Wang, Solution Architect

Lance Wang is a solution architect in Zuken SOZO Center. As a SI Expert, he mainly supports the customers for CR-8000 product analysis capabilities and works with the customers for high-speed design solutions.


In the high-speed PCB design and analysis process, some simulation and analysis features are critical to enabling multi-GHz digital PCB designs.
In this class, some new and critical simulation and analysis features in CR-8000 Release 2022 will be introduced and demonstrated:

  • S-parameter / TouchStone modeling, importing, inspection and simulation
  • Dynamic Power-Aware SI simulations (SSO/SSN)
  • VRM model support for PI Analysis
  • IBIS EBD support

June 8, 8:00 AM


Zuken-360 is a conversation with the Zuken leadership team in a close-up and personal setting. There is no presentation or set agenda, only your questions driving the conversation. Please join us for this highly interactive and engaging session.

June 8, 9:00 AM – Intermediate

Instructor: Oki Masuda, Senior Application Engineer

Oki Masuda is an applications engineer at the Zuken SOZO Center, providing customer support for CR-8000 and DS-CR. He was transferred from Zuken Japan in 2017 and now helps North American customers improve their design efficiency. In his spare time, he likes to watch and sometimes play soccer games.


In this class, we will explore some of the more advanced features of Design Gateway. The features will be selected from the perspective of improving the quality of the schematic design. We will learn more about the System Connection Verifier, Schematic Difference Checker, Circuit Advisor, and other features that will bring power and accuracy to the schematic portion of your design process.

June 8, 10:00 AM – Intermediate

Instructor: Tom Whipple, CAD Manager at Viasat, Inc.

Tom Whipple has a Master’s degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering. His career has been in the development and support of electronics design automation software. He now works at Viasat where he manages the North America PCB design team and supports the PCB eCAD tools in use throughout the company.


In this presentation, we will share some of the design efficiency improvements we have discovered as we have implemented DS-CR and CR-8000 in our board design flow. The bulk of our presentation will focus on our implementation of the DS-CR documentation generator for creating manufacturing files. We will then touch on other features we have found especially valuable, including library creation improvements; improving communications with the Annotation feature, and checking designs using the Compare DSGN Shape feature.

About Viasat:

Viasat is a global communications company that believes everyone and everything in the world can be connected. For more than 30 years, Viasat innovations have helped shape how consumers, businesses, governments, and militaries around the world communicate — even in the hardest-to-reach places.

June 8, 11:00 AM – All Levels

Instructor: Bill O’Leary, President of cadEnhance LLC

In 30+yrs as a design engineer, I relished the creative side of the design but struggled with the repetitive tasks required to deliver a successful design. I wanted to be an Engineer, not an accountant! I spent lots of time automating those painful processes and CadEnhance is the result.


PartBuilder from cadEnhance is the most efficient tool in today’s market for creating schematic library symbols from 10-10000 pins. It typically takes 15 minutes for 10-250 pin parts, 30 min for 500 pin parts, and an hour per 1000 pins on larger devices. PartBuilder is especially efficient with Programmable Logic Devices, creating any size FPGA device from Xilinx, Intel/Altera, Lattice, and MicroChip/MIcrosemi in under an hour.

We will run through a couple of examples showing how PartBuilder automates the Schematic Symbol Creation process for The Zuken CR-5000/CR-8000 tools.

We will quickly touch on these topics:

  • Adaptive Zero-Touch pinData Extraction
  • Smart-FRAC automated symbol fracturing
  • The CadEnhance Symbol Description Language
  • Tight PartBuilder/Zuken Integration to convert ASCII symbols to useable .prt and .smb files
  • Intelligent pin and symbol properties (pin_delay, diff_pair_ids, and swap codes)
  • Site-Files to Enforce your Symbol Library Standards
  • Symbol Verification (compare Existing Zuken Symbols to pinout spreadsheets)
  • Converting Orcad/AllegroHDL and Mentor symbols to Zuken Symbols

About CadEnhance: 

CadEnhance sold its first BOM generation tool to a large Texas IC company in 2006. Since then we have strived to provide easy-to-use products and services for HW designers looking to remove the pain from their HW development processes. Automated Schematic Symbol creation is a great start.

June 8, 12:45 PM – Beginner

Instructor: Sandy Jones, Director of Customer Support

Sandy Jones is the director of customer support. Her primary focus is ensuring customers receive excellent customer support and that they are well-educated with their software. In her free time, she enjoys gardening and many forms of artistic hobbies.


Get ready for another round of tips and tricks that will launch your productivity to new heights. Last year we explored the amazing forever home in the Community, where the tips and tricks will live on. This year we will share brand new tricks for Design Gateway, Design Force, Dragon EX, and so much more. You won’t want to miss this one!

June 9, 9:00 AM – All Levels

Instructor: Joe Richlen & Chuck Bassett

Joe Richlen is the manager of the DS support and services group that implements data management solutions for electronic and electrical design. His work focuses on managing, installing, and supporting customers using Zuken’s data management solutions. In his spare time, he enjoys family vacations to Disney and farm-related shows.

Chuck Bassett is a SOZO center application engineer. His work is creating customizations for the CR-8000 products such as Design Gateway and Design Force. He has also helped with the DS-CR product. When not working, he enjoys bike riding in good weather and woodworking year-round.


DS-CR is a work-in-progress engineering data management system that is integrated with the Zuken CR series of electronics CAD tools. This class will provide an overview presentation and demonstration of DS-CR with an emphasis on the benefits of design data management and DS-CR capabilities including revision/version control, workflows, design data reuse, and powerful BOM management feature integrated with the CAD applications.

June 9, 10:45 AM – All Levels

Instructor: Brian Gilman, Applications Engineer

Brian Gilman is an applications engineer, supporting customers with CR-8000/CR-5000 training and consulting. He works directly with the customers on a daily basis helping them work through the technical challenges they face. He loves to ski and must be on the first chairlift in the morning to lay down the first tracks on fresh powder.


High-speed designs are here to stay. The need to meet tighter design constraints is more important than ever. Let’s look at how Design Force can help you achieve your design intent on the first pass.

In this class, we will look at using design rules to set up the board stack-up, calculate single-ended and differential Impedance. We will explore skew group creation and tuning. We will rearrange columns and tabs in the constraint browser to make you more efficient when tuning skew groups. We will assign topology templates, including virtual branch points and how to use them. We will look at the different attributes needed to ensure that e-nets are created properly. We will also look into the creation of net classes and how to properly use them.

After the class, you will have a better understanding of how to use Design Force more efficiently to achieve your high-speed goals.


Further information

If you have questions, please email the conference manager.

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San Antonio, Texas – June 6-9, 2022

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