CADSTAR PCB Design Software

High performance PCB Layout Software at your desktop

CADSTAR delivers high performance PCB Layout to your desktop. From single-sided to complex double-sided, multilayer and SMT designs, CADSTAR PCB Layout has the tools you need to navigate the design process and increase productivity.

CADSTAR offers design capability throughout the PCB design flow, from initial schematic through layout, routing, Signal Integrity, Power Integrity Analysis, and outputs to support manufacturing to drive fabrication, assembly and test of the finished product.

CADSTAR PCB Design offers

  • Intuitive and easy-to-use user interface common to all CADSTAR programs
  • Configurable design environment with macros, report generation utilities and OLE to automate and streamline your design process
  • Automatic Placement with Pattern Replication and Design Block Reuse to reduce time and effort during layout
  • ODBC-compliant database library with parametric search and version control
  • Automatic Gate and Pin Swap optimisation for improved routability
  • Support for the range of CAM output formats including IPC-D-356 and ODB++
  • Optimized for high-speed and advanced HDI design with blind & buried vias, starpoints, custom attributes & more
  • Bi-directional exchange of MCAD data for 3D verification with IDF and STEP
  • Design Variants to drive multiple assemblies from a single project and eliminate duplication

CADSTAR PCB Design features

Design for Manufacture

Powerful drafting tools with AutoSnap and associative Dimensioning let you quickly document the board profile for Production and Assembly.

CADSTAR includes an extensive range of Design Rules for both Spacing and Manufacture, ensuring the design conforms to your company standards and minimizing the risk of board manufacturing errors.

Drill patterns and drill table reports are updated dynamically so any changes to the design are reflected automatically in the manufacturing data.

CADSTAR generates the full range of manufacturing output formats including Gerber, NC drill, DXF, PDF, placement files, IPC-D-356, ODB++ and Parts list (Bill of Materials) reports. Preparing for manufacturing is simplified with the Batch Processor feature that allows you to build your own selection of outputs and create a full set of manufacturing data with one click.

A range of pre-defined Reports are provided, and you can use the Report Generator to create configurable reports such as placement machine drivers and detail lists.

Placement and Routing

Adding pre-defined circuit blocks in the Schematic greatly speeds up the design process, while use of matching blocks in PCB Layout including parts, routes, copper and text on multiple layers, reduces layout time and minimizes risk during EMC verification by re-using previously tested ‘known good’ layout blocks. At the heart of CADSTAR’s PCB Layout technology is the CADSTAR Place & Route Editor (P.R.Editor), Zuken’s powerful place and route design environment. P.R.Editor offers complete control over routing for the most complex designs in the shortest time possible. The grid-free data structure and rules-driven architecture confirm PREditor as the productivity tool of choice for all professional layout engineers.

Advanced Layout Capabilities

With advanced copper handling and the ability to create split, partial, embedded and full copper planes, CADSTAR enables precise control for analog design including curved and mitered cutouts. Teardrops can be placed on tracks, vias and pads, updating dynamically to maintain smooth transitions between copper shapes. Curved tracks and automatic track fattening, plus the ability to maximize a copper area, extend the capability of CADSTAR to meet demanding High-speed layout requirements for matched impedance and delay based routing.

Complete Libraries

With more than 250,000 parts in the on-line library, CADSTAR has an extensive range of parts from which to build your design. You can also create your own Footprints and Parts using the Graphical Library Editor, which incorporates design wizards for building large or complex footprints.

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