Whats new for eCADSTAR 2021

The 2021 release of eCADSTAR, Zuken’s internet-connected PCB design platform, has been extended to include new optional modules for signal integrity, power integrity, IBIS-AMI simulation and much more.

Check Creepage Rule Compliance in 3D

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.

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. 

You can set creepage rules in both Library Editor and Constraint Browser (Schematic Editor and PCB Editor) and you can even set your own formula to calculate clearances.

SPICE Simulation Control

The 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.


 Productivity Improvements

Integrate external applications, adding them to the Quick Access Toolbar, so you can launch them without leaving eCADSTAR. 

Now, 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.
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. 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.
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.
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.
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” 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.
 

Other Functionality 

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). Consistent, intuitive and easy to use throughout the eCADSTAR design process.

POWER INTEGRITY AND EMI   |    Embedded into eCADSTAR, these functions share the same design data and simulation library used for Signal Integrity. Results are displayed in the same results viewer used for Signal Integrity Analysis and IBIS-AMI.

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.

Increased Productivity with eCADSTAR 2021

IBIS-AMI

IBIS-AMI

Adding sophisticated IBIS-AMI Analysis capabilities to the eCADSTAR SI Simulation modules.

 

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SIGNAL INTEGRITY

SIGNAL INTEGRITY

Embedded Signal Integrity simulation in Schematic and PCB Editors for pre- and post-layout simulation. 

 

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SIGNAL INTEGRITY ADVANCED

SIGNAL INTEGRITY ADVANCED

Builds on the functionality that the Signal Integrity option delivers and adds even more functionality for very high-speed design.

 

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POWER INTEGRITY AND EMI ANALYSIS

POWER INTEGRITY AND EMI ANALYSIS

Embedded Power Integrity and EMI Analysis to optimize EM compliance and performance.

 

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TOPOLOGY DRIVEN ROUTING

TOPOLOGY DRIVEN ROUTING

Route topologies with Virtual Branch Points (VBPs) as a guide.

 

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ENHANCED DASHBOARD

ENHANCED DASHBOARD

Increased usability and online help improvements.

 

INTELLIGENT PDF OUTPUT 

INTELLIGENT PDF OUTPUT 

Intelligent PDF helps you protect your IP by restricting what the reviewer sees, such as part numbers or supplier order codes.

 

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COPY PLACEMENT IN PCB EDITOR

COPY PLACEMENT IN PCB EDITOR

Replicate easily and quick one channel placement and routing to other unplaced channels.

 

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NETWORK LICENSE BORROWING

NETWORK LICENSE BORROWING

You can borrow network licenses and keep using eCADSTAR even without a connection to your license server.

 

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eCADSTAR Release 2020.0 now available with new modules for SI, PI and IBIS-AMI Simulation

Jul 28, 2020

Zuken announces the availability of eCADSTAR release 2020. With the new release, available configurations of Zuken’s new internet connected PCB design platform, eCADSTAR, have been extended to include new modules for signal integrity, power integrity and IBIS-AMI simulation.

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