Zuken Unveils Advanced High-Speed Features for Internet-Connected PCB Design
May 29, 2019 – Bristol, UK and Westford, MA – Zuken announces the launch of eCADSTAR, a new connected PCB design solution that brings the latest advances of collaboration and connected engineering to the electronics design mainstream market. Combining Zuken’s advanced 2D/3D electronic design technology with inbuilt internet capabilities and predictive tool tips and prompts, eCADSTAR provides a borderless electronic design environment that connects the engineering desktop with comprehensive online design, manufacturing services and online educational content.
“We are now globally connected”, says Chris Allenby, eCADSTAR Product Manager. “The Internet is connected to our homes, our workplaces, our cell phones and our cars. With eCADSTAR, we are taking PCB design out of its isolation into the connected world, providing online-access to the rapidly growing choice of services that are available to designers to find new solutions and increase their productivity.”
Internet Sharing Concept
With inbuilt web access, eCADSTAR enables users to search online component vendor libraries, request quotes and purchase components from manufacturers and distributors directly from within the design tool. Online collaboration capabilities also support collaboration with design, simulation and manufacturing experts that include; Allied Electronic & Automation, Arrow, Digi-Key, Mouser Electronics, PCB Libraries, RS, SamacSys and Ultra Librarian.
Built to maximize productivity
eCADSTAR provides a fully managed 2D/3D design process in a modern environment with a common user interface and centralized library that exists at the heart of schematic and PCB editors. Design constraints and variants can be defined in the schematic and propagated throughout the PCB layout and routing process. Changes can be reviewed and applied from either direction with bidirectional annotation to keep designs synchronized. A powerful library synchronization function identifies out-of-date parts and updates the design.
Advanced collaborative design
eCADSTAR’s design environment delivers effortless collaboration. With a native 3D design environment, MCAD and ECAD engineers can work seamlessly. With eCADSTAR, design activities can be done concurrently as a team by partitioning the design by functionality or by area. This allows engineers to work in parallel on their own section of a board or functional circuit elements, greatly reducing the design time.
Future proof technology platform
eCADSTAR is built on the latest hardware technology taking advantage of 64-bit computing, multi-core processing and powerful graphics, allowing users to design in a native 3D environment. As with modern touch screen devices, commands can be transmitted both by means of finger gestures as well as using a traditional input device (mouse), allowing users to make simultaneous use of both hands.
Online training, tutorials and support
In keeping with eCADSTAR’s connected design philosophy, users have access to an extensive library of free online training and help resources that can be displayed directly in the eCADSTAR environment. Help topics are delivered live, ensuring the material is always current and up to date. Furthermore, excerpts from each topic can be contextually displayed within the software using help tooltips and hints for next actions. First time users are brought up to speed quickly by an interactive tour that is offered on software start.
After conclusion of a thorough evaluation and feedback phase with early adopters, eCADSTAR will be released to the general market in June 2019. eCADSTAR will be released in June 2019 and can be purchased in one of four configurations; eCADSTAR Base, eCADSTAR Advanced 3D, eCADSTAR Advanced HS (High Speed), and eCADSTAR Ultimate. eCADSTAR promotional pricing starts at under 2000 GBP / 2200 EUR / 2500 USD.
For more information, visit www.eCADSTAR.com
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