New Functionality in eCADSTAR 2021 – Creepage Checks

The creepage check within eCADSTAR’s PCB editor is a powerful tool and is so much more than a basic clearance check.  The voltage difference can also be changed based on requirements for a voltage difference range.  The flexibility and sophistication is down to the user control.

 

 

Creepage Check in Action

In this design I have maximized the input voltage to 600V at the power connector of our demo PCB Design, The first thing we need to do is define the voltage of the signals in the constraints browser. This is used in combination with the design rules to create the appropriate spacing to avoid creepage issues. In this demonstration, we will be focusing on the 600V signal.

pcb Creepage

Then in the Rule editor, there is now a new “voltage difference” tab Here is where we define the creepage rules. Here I have defined 3 clearance tables External_Coated, External_uncoated and Internal. These Rules are based on IPC standards which provides a formula for adequate clearances regarding creepage, you can use the formula or enter a defined value. This is therefore a clearance that varies with voltage difference but can also vary within a range of thresholds, making this a sophisticated solution for creepage rules. it is also a decision for the user if the voltage values are defined as RMS or Peak, as it is to define the voltage thresholds and values within the formulae.

Creepage Checker

From the report tab we can invoke the creepage checker. You can set a search distance around what is selected for a creepage check. eCADSTAR will check-in X Y & Z and even around the edges of the PCB

Once you have selected a signal, net, or the entire board a results dialogue will appear where you can filter by caution and fail results.

We can see from the results, creepage issues exist, creepage distance on the same external layers, for the 600V signal. 

The error line is helpful as it is a guidance as to where we need to rectify the creepage failure, in this example we will take the traditional approach of inserting a slot in between the signals, Using eCADSTAR’s slot command. You can see that this slot is not long enough to rectify the problem and the error line now shows a different path signal to signal. We can easily increase the slot length from the properties tab.

We can now see those violations have been resolved, we can also check the creepage path through this slot from layer 1 to 4.

 

So, what are the Key Benefits of the Creepage checker?

  • Powerful and advanced creepage design and check
  • Design right and with advanced creepage design rules
  • Reduce iterations and design re-work
  • Powerful rules specified to voltage difference, beyond traditional clearance
  • Clearance varies with voltage difference, as opposed to discrete values
  • Creepage design consideration integrated within design rules
  • Efficient and productive design environment
  • Improve design review efficiency
  • Creepage checks reduce overall design time and improve quality
  • Design and verify to IEC 62368-1 from the outset and during design process

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eCADSTAR – Built to Help You Deliver Results

  • PCB DE64-bit computing
  • Mouse and touch screen operation
  • Powerful graphics, enabling users to design in a native 3D environment
  • Advanced Collaborative design, allowing design activities to occur concurrently
  • 2D and 3D environments
  • Multi-core processor

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Quadra Solutions’ guide to PCB track length matching in high-speed design

To maximise the performance of a circuit design, the implementation of track length matching is key. In any circuit design, an electronic signal takes a certain amount of time to travel along the conductor to reach its end destination. It is crucial to identify the sections of a printed circuit board (PCB) design that requires length matching to guarantee that the signals arrive with accurate timing.

 

Track length matching is normally thought of as in pairs, but it also applies to buses with single-ended signals and differentially-driven buses. As CPU peripherals and other digital systems require faster-operating speeds, the propagation delays in a high-speed system, places tight tolerances on the allowed track length in a conductor carrying digital signals.

This article explores Quadra’s best practices for applying track length matching.

PCB track widths

So, what is Track length matching?

As the name suggests this is the laying out of a design that matches the lengths of two or more PCB tracks, also known as traces. These groups could be one of the following:

  • Single-ended tracks routed in parallel.
  • Differential pairs.
  • Multiple differential pairs in parallel.
  • Clock signals in either single-ended or differential pairs in parallel.

 

PCB tracks carrying digital signals do not necessarily need to be perfectly length matched. With copper surface layer tracking there will always be an amount of jitter on the rising edge, preventing signals routed in parallel to be perfectly length matched. The end goal is to reduce the length or timing mismatch below limiting values. The allowed length mismatch and timing mismatch are related to the signal velocity.

 

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How do you know what track length is optimum?

Component datasheets, signalling standards and interface standards are key. There is so much standardisation these days that most high-speed components use one of the many signalling standards. Manufacturers should always have impedance and routing specifications available.

A length mismatch can also be converted to a timing mismatch using signal velocity, although extreme care must be exercised when selecting the velocity of a digital signal. Modern digital signals, generally run with edge rates much less than 1 ns, will have bandwidths reaching into the high GHz, and will only tolerate very small mismatches. Dispersion in the PCB substrate causes the signal velocity to vary with frequency. For example, FR4 exhibits normal dispersion below ~1 GHz, so lower frequencies will arrive at the receiver earlier than higher frequencies.

 

Clock Signals

Using system clocks to trigger every device in a chain of components is extremely difficult in large designs. This is, in part, due to the fact that each integrated circuit has different logic gate delays and rise timing. Typically, modern digital components use source synchronisation or embedded clocks. For embedded clocks signals it is best practice to route a track alongside the parallel data track. The clock tracks also need to be length matched to other data tracks.

 

Track length matching to prevent skew on parallel data buses

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Skew simply refers to a timing mismatch between the rising edges of two or more digital signals in a parallel bus. The signal propagating on the shortest trace will arrive earliest, triggering a downstream gate before the other signals on the bus. eCADSTAR allows you to define buses and differential pairs at the schematic stage, enabling you to enforce track length matching your layout which will keep any skew within tolerable limits.

 

Length matching in multiple single-ended nets is straightforward. Adding tuning structures to all tracks on the bus ensures they are the same end length.

If you have multiple differential pairs carrying parallel data, each differential pair must be matched, and the pairs then need to be matched to each other.

 

What About Analogue Differential Signals?

Analogue signals can also be routed as differential pairs; however, it is less common even at very high frequencies. Some manufacturers offer differential op-amps for high GHz bandwidth allowing for easier routing of analogue signals around a board.

Analogue differential signals require accurate length matching, just like digital differential signals. The difference is that analogue differential signals resemble 3-phase AC wiring, where an adjacent analogue ground plane is used as a reference for both ends of the pair. While digital signals do not explicitly need a ground plane, placing a ground plane adjacent to the digital differential pair is beneficial for the reasons outlined above.

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  • PCB DE64-bit computing
  • Mouse and touch screen operation
  • Powerful graphics, enabling users to design in a native 3D environment
  • Advanced Collaborative design, allowing design activities to occur concurrently
  • 2D and 3D environments
  • Multi-core processor

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What’s new for eCADSTAR 2021 | PCB Design Software

This has been a time of change for everyone. In 2021, some things will be as they were before, but some will be different. In the world we live in now, you need fully-connected, efficient PCB Design Software.

What’s new for eCADSTAR 2021 | PCB Design Software

Check Creepage Rule Compliance in 3D

 

eCADSTAR2021 2D clearance

Check for creepage in 3D based on voltage differences and standards (eCADSTAR Advanced 3D and Ultimate only).2D clearance is always less than or equal to 3D clearance; but working to 3D creepage rules means you can design more densely, because clearance is measured by its true path. For example, making a slot in the PCB can allow other components to be placed more closely to a high-voltage avalanche diode bias supply.

electrical safety_eCADSTAR2021

Check electrical safety. Particularly important for designs with high-voltage routing such as LIDAR. Cross-probe to the canvas and view in 2D or 3D with traffic-light Pass, Caution, Fail color coding. 
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SPICE Simulation Control

Control SPICE simulation from Schematic EditorThe eCADSTAR SPICE controller will provide a tightly integrated engineering solution for easy simulation of analog circuits within eCADSTAR Schematics, making eCADSTAR a single point for PCB design and simulation. Engineers will be able to view graphical waveforms, conduct what-if analysis, change discrete component values and sweep simulation parameters using an embedded version of the free high-performance simulation software LTspice from Analog Devices.

eCADSTAR PCB Design Software | Productivity Improvements

Integrate external applications, adding them to the Quick Access Toolbar, so you can launch them without leaving eCADSTAR. eCADSTAR_2021.0_reportNow, if you select “Open Report in Excel”, a report in Comma-Separated-Values format called “report.csv” is opened as a spreadsheet, replacing multiple steps with just one.
You could already configure your own reports. Now make them accessible directly from eCADSTAR.Once you add the path to a user report parameter file (.prgx), you can select it for generation from a dropdown list.

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You can decide where to access user commands, both when you create them and when you edit them.
When you add or edit a user command, you can decide where to make it available for selection.
Now you can select power, ground, sheet connector, hierarchy connector and global signal symbols directly on the ribbon.hierarchy connector_eCADSTAR_2021
You can select symbols directly on the ribbon in Schematic Editor – a great time-saver, because engineers use these symbols a lot – often many times, even on the same sheet.

DXF drawing data

Now you can import DXF drawing data created by mechanical CAD systems in both Library Editor and Schematic Editor.DXF is a widely-used industry format in mechanical graphics applications. You may already have logos or symbols in that format. Now you can import them instead of redrawing them.

unique design-related information

Keep design information directly within schematic design data for reliable future reference. Enter unique design-related information directly with automatic recording of creation and modification times.
Customize sheet number format. Customize sheet numbering format and reflect block hierarchy.

enriched cross-reference information

Configure and display enriched cross-reference information on sheet connectors.You can configure the cross-reference format from the ribbon.
 

Optionally omit “I” and “O”

Optionally omit “I” and “O” from zone letters to conform to standards or to avoid confusion with one and zero.You can omit characters “I” and “O” from zone letters if you wish.
Import EDIF schematic data.Import EDIF 200 data so you can re-use IP from more external sources.

 

eCADSTAR PCB Design Software | Usability Improvements

Save and load views in Schematic Editor

 

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Change angled trunk corners into curves and adjust radii on the PCB Editor canvas.Curved trunk corners can improve stress resilience and smooth-out track-to-track coupling discontinuities. Direct interactive editing means you can see exactly what kind of corner you are getting in real time.
Move (or duplicate move) trunks with full corner and via pattern retention.Move, flip and rotate trunks with no loss of via patterns or trunk geometry. You can do the same with duplicate-move, providing fast, easy re-use of trunk patterns for maximum PCB design consistency and symmetry.
Measure true 3D distances without extra calculations.Measure it like it really is in your PCB design.

eCADSTAR PCB Design Software | Power Integrity Analysis Enhancements

 

high-current vias

Override package-based parasitic models.Decoupling capacitors come in many package styles and all of them create different parasitics. Experiment easily, by swapping package-based models without the need to change design data. A bit close to the voltage limits with that decoupler? How about changing it to a 25V? That’s in a bigger package, but will its parasitics give you a problem?
Easily identify high-current vias. High-current vias harm power integrity. Need a bigger via? Need an extra via? The high DC current in this via is revealed by sorting the column on via current. You can then adjust or add vias in PCB Editor (shown above the Power Bus window in this image).
Configure cell buttons.Radiation windowThis button in the Radiation window has been configured to display the spectrum. Alternative functions are still available on the right-mouse-button menu.
Set impedance masks to check and measure against expected power bus impedance in PCB design.
impedance masks to check and measure_eCADSTAR_2021Impedance masks enable you to check potential local impedance hotspots against the expected impedance over a range of frequencies.
Reduce aliasing noise with windowing. Fast Fourier Transform (FFT) sampling is designed to work with a round number of complete waveform cycles. This is not always the case and aliasing can make results unreliable. Windowing techniques like the Hann window function counter this effect.
And when you have some frequency domain results, you can now configure a cell button in Analysis Result Viewer to view them more easily.
Configure a cell button for frequency-domain mode.

eCADSTAR PCB Design Software | Design Rule and DRC Enhancements

Choose PCB layer stack directly from Schematic Editor.PCB layer stack PCB layer stack
Layer stack decisions are often made before or during schematic entry. You can make those decisions right here in Constraint Browser as your design takes shape.
DRC options are saved and selected by default next time you work on a schematic.

DRC options_eCADSTAR_2021

As schematic entry progresses, the DRC check options usually progress. Now you don’t have to reselect those options each time you launch Schematic Editor.

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What’s New for eCADSTAR 2021 – Live Webinar

eCADSTAR PCB design software 2021 release is here. eCADSTAR 2021 benefits from greater functionality and efficiency-enhancing tools to help support your PCB design. Join the webinar to find out more about how eCADSTAR is adding to its time-saving tools and providing with you more functionality and improved features to make your designs better.

What’s New for eCADSTAR 2021  – Webinar

The webinar will cover:

  • New Creepage Check feature
  • SPICE Controller feature to enable the Schematic application to interface with LTspice
  • RINF & EDIF Import
  • and many more exciting enhancements

What’s New for eCADSTAR 2021 Webinar  |  17th June 2021, 10am |

 

 

More about eCADSTAR

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  • Fully manage your design process from start to finish in a consistent environment.
  • A common user interface and centralized unified library.
  • Define design constraints and variants in the schematic and propagate it throughout the PCB design and routing process.
  • Identify library changes and designs updates with powerful library functionality.
  • A modern, intuitive and fully-customisable user-interface to help delivery design efficiencies

eCADSTAR – BUILT TO HELP YOU DELIVER RESULTS

  • PCB DE64-bit computing
  • Mouse and touch screen operation
  • Powerful graphics, enabling users to design in a native 3D environment
  • Advanced Collaborative design, allowing design activities to occur concurrently
  • 2D and 3D environments
  • Multi-core processor

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eCADSTAR Case Study – Driving Innovation for EA Technology

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When looking to upgrade their existing PCB design software, EA Technology looked to eCADSTAR to support their business objectives and their ongoing design and development projects.

EA Technology, headquartered in Chester, is recognised globally as a leader in their field; enhancing the performance of power networks and providing clients with tailored asset management solutions. After an upgrade to their PCB design software, the result provided their PCB engineers with an improved high-speed design platform with limitless possibilities.

“eCADSTAR helps us generate reports quicker and easier, providing us with more comprehensive manufacturing checks, enabling us to ensure we Design for Manufacture efficiently.”

Graham Poll, CAD Consultant

Electronic Design Automation meets internet connectivity

EA Technology is able to benefit from eCADSTAR’s high-speed automated and assistive functionalities in an easy-to-use environment such as PCB Design Editor, Library Editor, Schematics Editor and design rule checking. This innovative internet-connected PCB design platform combines all the power of EDA software with the flexibility of the internet.

“Our engineers were impressed with the new look and feel to eCADSTAR. The library search is a real strength of the software. It will help limit the amount of time spent searching for parts and help streamline our workflows. The ongoing technical support was also a major decision-making factor. By having access to a vastly experienced technical support team available whenever required, helps our team move forward quickly and efficiently whilst getting to grips with a new tool,” said Graham.

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More about eCADSTAR

eCADSTAR brings together the latest advances in collaboration and connected engineering in a borderless electronic design environment, connecting the engineering desktop with comprehensive design and manufacturing services.

eCADSTAR’s advanced and connected features include:

  • Unified design environment
  • Enhanced online part search
  • Visualisation and collaboration tools
  • Advanced 3D design
  • Design migration and design re-use

INTERNET-CONNECTED DESIGN

  • Fully manage your design process from start to finish in a consistent environment with a common user interface and centralized unified library.
  • Define design constraints and variants in the schematic and propagate it throughout the PCB design and routing process.
  • Identify library changes and designs updates with powerful library functionality.
  • A modern, intuitive and fully-customisable user-interface to help delivery design efficiencies

PCB DESIGN SOFTWARE – BUILT TO HELP YOU DELIVER RESULTS

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  • Mouse and touch screen operation
  • Powerful graphics, enabling users to design in a native 3D environment
  • Advanced Collaborative design, allowing design activities to occur concurrently
  • 2D and 3D environments
  • Multi-core processor

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Introduction to eCADSTAR PCB Design Software – on-demand webinar

Future-Proof your PCB Design Software | Introduction to eCADSTAR Webinar

Software as with everything is always changing. But, when was the last time you had a look at the alternative PCB design software’s available?

In this 40 minute webinar, we will take a brief tour through some of the enhancements eCADSTAR has undergone in the last year or so, introduce you to some of the brilliant features making life easier for many businesses right now and take any burning questions you may have about the software.

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The webinar will cover:

  • Unified design environment
  • Enhanced online part search
  • Visualisation and collaboration tools
  • Advanced 3D design
  • Design migration and design re-use
  • Your opportunity to ask questions about the software and request an evaluation license.

Join presenters Michael Wray and Sarah Santangeli to see how eCADSTAR is helping other businesses deliver PCB designs more efficiently.

More about eCADSTAR PCB Design Software

eCADSTAR brings together the latest advances in collaboration and connected engineering in a borderless electronic design environment, connecting the engineering desktop with comprehensive design and manufacturing services.

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SIGNAL INTEGRITY   |    Add sophisticated Signal Integrity Analysis capabilities to eCADSTAR. Simulation in the Schematic (pre-layout SI) as well as in the PCB Layout (post-layout SI).

POWER INTEGRITY AND EMI   |    Embedded into eCADSTAR, these functions share the same design data and simulation library used for Signal Integrity.

IBIS-AMI   |    Analyse SERDES channels (e.g. PCI-Express Gen3+, HDMI, SATA, USB, etc.) based on IBIS-AMI models, S-Parameter characterisation of the channel, Eye diagram results, BER estimation and bath-tub curves and import IBIS-AMI devices into the simulation library.

CADSTAR to eCADSTAR Migration – Documentation Symbol Migration

Sarah finishes up CADSTAR to eCADSTAR Migration process by taking us through Documentation Symbol Migration

 

Documentation Symbol Migration – Part 3 of eCADSTAR Migration Tutorials

 

This video tutorial will demonstrate how to migrate classic CADSTAR Documentation Symbols into the eCADSTAR master library.

Firstly, in CADSTAR open a new PCB design and Schematic and save, then add the Documentation Symbols to the blank Schematic

Then export the Schematic as a Schematic archive

Now do the same in the PCB design

Then once the Documentation Symbols have been added export the design as a PCB archive

Now the preparation is complete to migrate into eCADSTAR

Migration from CADSTAR to eCADSTAR

Open up eCADSTAR Schematic editor or the PCB editor to access the CADSTAR design migration tool

Then point the Schematic archive and the PCB archive we have just created click next and point to your CADSTAR to eCADSTAR mapping file then specify an empty directory to place the eCADSTAR migration.

Once the migration is complete eCADSTAR will open up the schematic design and a PCB design containing those Documentation Symbols.

When eCADSTAR creates a design, a local library is created within the design folder, next open the master library and the local library

Within the local library you will notice eCADSTAR has generated both Footprints and Symbols for the Documentation Symbols.

Highlight the Symbol right click and copy Symbol.

Next in the master library right click and paste.

Now repeat with the footprints.

The Documentation Symbol can now be added to the PCB design as a non-electrical footprint and the Symbol can be added to the Schematic design.

Now the Documentation Symbol migration is complete.

 

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Frequently Asked Questions

Welcome to our Frequently Asked Questions – if your question doesn’t feature contact us and we are happy to advise.

Autodesk  – Frequently Asked Questions

How much does Inventor cost?

Autodesk Inventor can be a very cost-effective option for many businesses but it will also depend upon whether you are looking for networked licenses and whether you want it as part of the bigger Autodesk Collections Software. Contact Quadra Solutions for more information.

Is AutoCAD only available as subscription?

Autodesk has now moved to a subscription model, done on a yearly or 3 yearly basis. For more information on this contact your local reseller.

How much does AutoCAD cost?

AutoCAD can be a very cost-effective option for many businesses but it will also depend upon whether you are looking for networked licenses and whether you want it as part of the bigger Autodesk Collections Software. Contact Quadra Solutions for more information.

How much does Fusion 360 cost?

Fusion 360 can cost as little as £56 monthly. For more information contact your local Autodesk Reseller.

 

PCB – Frequently Asked Questions

How much does it cost to Manufacture a PCB?

Pricing is dependent on the number of layers and technology the board will require. make sure when you get a quote it includes all elements of the design and manufacturing process and that re-work, changes are included in the price.

Which PCB file/Program formats can you accept ?

We can accept designs in standard Gerber (RS274-X) format from any program or standard output from the following programs,

  • Altium
  • Mentor Graphics®
  • Cadence
  • Zuken
  • Altium Designer®
  • Allegro®
  • ORCAD®
  • CADSTAR®
  • Visula®
  • PADS®

What PCB services can you offer?

 We can offer the following services

  • Data Preparation
  • Library Creation
  • Circuit Board Design
  • PCB Layout Service
  • PCB Assembly and Manufacture
  • PCB Reverse Engineering
  • Reverse engineering
  • High-Speed PCB Design
  • Post PCB Layout
  • ECAD / MCAD Integration

Training – Frequently Asked Questions

Do you need IPC CID to do IPC CID+?

It required that you have completed IPC CID before embarking on CID+ due to the complexity of knowledge required to complete the CID+

 

eCADSTAR/ CADSTAR – Frequently Asked Questions

How much does CADSTAR/ eCADSTAR cost?

eCADSTAR ranges in price dependant upon the package and bundles you choose and whether they are individual licenses or networked licenses. Contact Quadra Solutions for more information about pricing.

 

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CADSTAR to eCADSTAR Migration – Library

Sarah Santangeli takes us through an incredibly important feature, migration of a CADSTAR Library to eCADSTAR. eCADSTAR supports migration from classic CADSTAR.

With eCADSTAR, you can update your CADSTAR designs and component libraries to work in eCADSTAR and ensure you can pick up where you left off.

 

Transcript

To migrate our CADSTAR libraries into eCADSTAR first we need to create archives of both the schematic symbols library and the components library. Place these in your library directory or you can create a new directory.

Once we have done this we can open up eCADSTAR library editor and click on Migration, CADSTAR Library.

We then point to the directory with which we have stored our files and our archive files have a little look in the migration mapping.

Here I have just used some default settings. Click next and then specify a blank directory. Click finish. eCADSTAR will then open up the library that we have just migrated and here are all our parts, with previews of the footprints and symbols.

So If I go into edit footprint, my previews are white. I’m just going to check my layers and save those footprint colours.
Once I’ve saved it, I’m going back into my library. We can see that those colours for the footprints have now appeared in the preview window.

eCADSTAR

You are working in a complex and demanding world, with a lifestyle that’s ever-changing. eCADSTAR is designed to support you. With all the benefits of local client software and additional power of internet services. Whether you’re working at home or on the go you can gain access to many internet services. Let eCADSTAR help streamline your global design, review and manufacturing process.

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Frequently Asked PCB Design Questions

In today’s blog we answer the most frequently asked PCB design questions

1. Whats is PCB Design?

Printed circuit board (PCBdesign brings your electronic circuits to life in the physical form. Using layout software, the PCB design process combines component placement and routing to define electrical connectivity on a manufactured circuit board.

2. What is a PCB made from?

A printed circuit board (PCB) is a thin board made from fiberglass, composite epoxy, or other laminate materials. PCBs are found in various electrical and electronic components such as beepers, radios, radars, computer systems, etc. Different types of PCBs are used based on the applications.

printed circuit board (PCB) mechanically supports and electrically connects electrical or electronic components using conductive tracks, pads and other features etched from one or more sheet layers of copper laminated onto and/or between sheet layers of a non-conductive substrate.

3. Which materials are used for PCBs?

Printed circuit boards (PCBs) are usually a flat laminated composite made from non-conductive substrate materials with layers of copper circuitry buried internally or on the external surfaces. They can be as simple as one or two layers of copper, or in high density applications they can have fifty layers or more.

4. Why is Copper used in PCB?

The most common element used to make traces is copper. Why is copper such a popular choice in the PCB industry? The number one benefit of copper is that it is highly conductive. This means that it can easily transmit signals without losing electricity along the way.

5. What data is required for a PCB design quote?

We often only need the basics of a design to begin the process of PCB design. At Quadra we’re happy to accept any form of input. Some of our customers provide completed CAD generated schematics, but we can work with a hand-drawn sketch if required.

6. Which PCB/CAD tools does Quadra use?

Cadence Allegro: We have extensive experience with the Cadence Allegro tool suite

Mentor Graphics Expedition, Power PCB (PADS) and Board Station:

Altium: Now supported with Altium 365 making feedback and design changes easier.

eCADSTAR / CADSTAR / Zuken software packages: As a Zuken PCB design reseller our PCB design skills in this area is second to none.

There are others but it’s best to talk to us to find out what the best solution is for you.

7. Do you perform a Design for Manufacturability (DFM) check of your designs?

Yes we do. You can supply your own Engineering Rules Files (ERF), or you may specify your Fabricator and we will take care of the rest.

8. How secure is my information?

We understand the importance of Intellectual Property and take all Non-Disclosure Agreements very seriously. We hold our employees to very high confidentiality standards.

9. What’s the benefit of outsourcing my PCB layout to Quadra Solutions?

Our philosophy on this is simple: we work hard to make the outsourcing model work for you.

Without outsourcing, you take on the challenge of adding and balancing many liabilities/costs. During peaks, you hire, train, manage and outfit your in-house team with expensive tools, but during troughs, you may need to lay-off designers and continue to pay for idle licenses and overhead.

By outsourcing, you save time and money required to sustain an extended full in-house design team and all the while getting faster, professional results from an outstanding team that acts as an extension of your engineering department.

10. What other services does Quadra offer?

  • Signal Integrity Analysis
  • Schematic Capture
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Design Translation (to/from different tools)
  • PCB Fabrication
  • PCB Assembly & Test

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