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CADSTAR Express 18 (Updated December 2017)

CADSTAR Express provides a quick and easy way for you to experience the basic features of our standard PCB solution. It includes all the core functionality of CADSTAR 18, limited to 300 pins and 50 components, plus the opportunity to experience Zuken's place and route editor tool P.R.Editor XR 2000.

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CADSTAR Design Viewer 18 (Updated December 2017)

CADSTAR Design Viewer is a free download that lets you share and access CADSTAR design data very easily on any of your preferred Windows platforms. The design data is accessible to any user, even the occasional users, with easy viewing and sharing of schematic and PCB data. It dramatically improves workgroup dynamics by increasing project productivity either in standalone mode or when used in conjunction in a CADSTAR design environment.

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CADSTAR Touch

Free PCB Design Productivity App for iOS & Android Devices

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    Datasheet: CADSTAR Constraint Browser

    As design constraints increase in complexity, CADSTAR Constraint Browser simplifies constraint management by providing a fast and effective method to enter the most complex of rules.

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    Datasheet: CADSTAR Library Editor

    The CADSTAR Library Editor provides a complete solution for creating and editing symbol, footprints and part information for PCB design.

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    Datasheet: CADSTAR Variant Manager

    Design one PCB design or Schematic for various product builds.

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    Datasheet: CADSTAR SI Verify

    Complete post-layout signal integrity simulation toolset.

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    Datasheet: CADSTAR Schematic Capture

    CADSTAR Schematic Capture provides a fast, efficient way to capture design intent, rules and constraints for smooth and error-free transition to PCB layout for product realization.

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    Datasheet: CADSTAR Rules by Area

    The Rules-by-Area package is a powerful extension to the CADSTAR P.R.Editor XR 2000 tool-set that enhances Zuken’s routing technology by allowing the association of different design rules to different areas of the design.

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    Datasheet: CADSTAR Routing Matrix

    Overview of the features deliverd with the several P.R. Editor modules available for CADSTAR.

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    Datasheet: CADSTAR Redlining

    CADSTAR Redlining allows you to review and mark-up your designs, improve communication between multidisciplinary teams and enables you to add text remarks to the original design.

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    Datasheet: CADSTAR Design Viewer Plus

    The snap and measure tool enables accurate design data verification

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    Datasheet: CADSTAR Power Integrity Advance

    CADSTAR Power Integrity Advance provides fast and practical power integrity and electromagnetic interference analysis within the real-time PCB design flow.

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    Datasheet: CADSTAR Placement Planner

    CADSTAR Placement Planner enables the engineer to engage the placement process during logical circuit design.

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    Datasheet: CADSTAR High-speed Place and Route Editor

    Including all of the features and functionality found within Place and Route Editor XR2000, Place and Route Editor XR5000 HS (high-speed) offers specific additional functionality targeted for high-speed PCB design, such as DDR2, DDR3, DDR4 and PCI Express.

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    Datasheet: CADSTAR Place and Route Editor

    CADSTAR Place and Route Editor (P.R.Editor) is an integral part of the CADSTAR solution.

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    Datasheet: CADSTAR PCB Layout

    Easy to learn and fast to use, CADSTAR delivers high performance PCB layout to your desktop.

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    Datasheet: CADSTAR FPGA

    A new collaborative product, combining ACTIVE-HDL lite and CADSTAR in one universal project manager.

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    Datasheet: CADSTAR Express

    CADSTAR Express is a FREE Schematic & PCB Design solution from schematics to manufacture within a single, easy to use Windows design environment.

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    Datasheet: CADSTAR EMC Adviser

    The CADSTAR EMC Adviser helps designers - EMC specialists and non-specialists alike - to predict, analyze and control design issues that may cause EMC/EMI problems.

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    Datasheet: CADSTAR Dragon Auto-router

    The current climate today means that engineers are increasingly expected to deliver more in less time, continually changing and adapting the way in which they work.

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    Datasheet: CADSTAR Bundle - Professional

    CADSTAR Professional is Zuken’s integrated schematic and PCB design solution for HDI and high-speed layout, with advanced layout capabilities that enable the design engineer to quickly and effectively realise design intent.

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    Datasheet: CADSTAR Bundle - Lite

    An integrated schematic and PCB design solution bundle available at a very affordable price.

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    Datasheet: CADSTAR Bundle - Basic

    An integrated schematic and PCB design solution bundle that provides layout specialists with a comprehensive toolset for integrated 3D MCAD/ECAD design.

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    Datasheet: CADSTAR Board Modeler Lite

    Board Modeler Lite bridges the process between the MCAD and the ECAD design flow by offering a common platform to communicate between the two disciplines.

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      BAE Systems Uses CADSTAR to Help Reduce Turret Control Computer Wiring by 98%

      BAE Systems is a global company engaged in the development, delivery and support of advanced defence and aerospace systems in the air, on land and at sea.

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      Malvern Instruments Enhances Data Collaboration Between ECAD and MCAD and Improves Manufacturing Data with CADSTAR Board Modeler Lite

      As electronics engineers we often perceive the electronics design encapsulated in the PCB assembly to be the core of the product. At Malvern Instruments, however, that is not the case as their advanced instruments are primarily mechanical in nature so the electronics forms a critical, but secondary, element of the finished product.

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      Raymarine Chooses CADSTAR for Productivity and EMC Options

      Raymarine are introducing CADSTAR at both their UK headquarters in Portsmouth and in their US design centre at Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA.

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      Tews Significantly Reduces Development Time and Cost of Complex High-speed PCBs using Concurrent Power Integrity Simulation

      TEWS Technologies encountered challenges around power distribution on PCBs for their embedded interface modules, due to today’s increasingly complex designs.

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        The Top Three Things Engineers Use 3D for in CADSTAR

        We live in a 3D world (OK, four if you count time). Over a decade ago 3D made a comeback in cinemas. And in the world of engineering, most mechanical design engineers have worked in 3D for decades. But it’s only relatively recently that electrical/electronic engineers have been able to fully join the 3D world – and wow, what a difference it’s made!

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        Imagine Your Favorite Internet Search Engine, but for Datasheets

        Finding electronic component datasheets isn’t always easy. Actually, let’s be frank for a moment, there are occasions where it can be an incredibly frustrating process. Finding the right information can be the most time-consuming element of PCB footprint and schematic creation. In fact, a study by Aberdeen Group* found that engineers can spend up to 50% of their time on component-related activities  – which is a lot of time away from actually designing PCBs.

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        How to Beat Google at a Big Industry Challenge: PCB Component Libraries

        Ask any PCB designer what they would put in Room 101, and chances are managing component  libraries would be up there. It is an industry challenge with massive cost implications, as engineers spend around half of their development time managing component data. Simply put, less time spent managing component data means more time for product innovation, fewer errors and reduced costs. All things every product development company needs to win them a competitive edge.

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        Signal Integrity & Power Integrity Movies for CADSTAR

        Are you looking to increase the capabilities and complexity of your PCBs designed within CADSTAR? Maybe you’ve got pressure to deliver more functionality from others within the product development team, but are unsure how to deal with the resulting signal integrity and power integrity issues?

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        Need 3D Models for Your ECAD & MCAD Analysis? Create Them Yourself with CADSTAR Board Modeler Lite

        We all like the job to be done for us. But the reality is that you’re nearly always stuck with just a few 3D models left to populate your board model, and they are nowhere to be found on the internet. Rather than accepting the less than accurate 2.5D extrusion for your chassis and collision analysis, you can use CADSTAR Board Modeler Lite to generate accurate models in minutes.

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        PCB Design: Manual Routing with Broader Brush Strokes

        This post is dedicated to the PCB designer who logs hundreds of hours each year manually routing complex PCB designs while wishing the activity was not so detailed and stressful.

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        CADSTAR Helps Advance Hydrogen Fuel Cell Technology in the Automotive Industry

        Zuken has been supporting “Forze,” the Hydrogen Racing Team at Delft University, in race cars since 2011. The team of 70 has come a long way in this time, to the point where it has just completed its first full sized sports car powered by hydrogen fuel cells, using CADSTAR for the design of all the control and monitoring systems on-board.

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        How to Achieve Proper Placement of Passive Devices Used for Enet Signal Termination

        It’s no secret that placing passive devices in the proper location, whether it is nearer to the source/driver or the receiver/load pins, makes the difference between poor signal integrity and optimal signal integrity. Often this can be impacted by a breakdown in communications between circuit designers and PCB designers.

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        Tips and Tricks for PCB Design Collision Checking in CADSTAR

        Who performs PCB design collision checking in your company? Is it the PCB designer, or do you simply pass it over to the mechanical engineers? Either way, you’ll find something to help you with our top three tips and tricks on collision checking.

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        Creating Topologies Using CADSTAR Schematics

        Errors in collaboration are something that I’m focusing on quite a bit at the moment. Today I’m looking at the creation of topologies and error-prone collaboration between circuit designers and PCB designers when sharing constraints during the design process.

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        BGA Packages: Are You Designing Your High-speed Memory Networks in the Dark?

        Do you know what’s going on inside of your BGA devices, but do not have sufficient functionality in your ECAD software to address advance timing skews?

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        Light Bulb Moments: Discovering New Uses for Board Modeler with MCAD Design

        Recently, I was working on a project with an electronic design group and we decided to start the 3D modeling of the complete assembly to start some joint analysis with the mechanical engineering team. So we fired up Board Modeler and started to insert STEP models for the components and connectors on the board. As usual, I searched to see what models were already available in the existing mechanical library and we found most of the connectors, but luck was not on our side when we searched for the BGA or DIP packages (or for any board-level components) that matched the parts used on the board.

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        CADSTAR Users Enthusiastic about New Power Integrity Advance Solution

        Current design practice involves spreading decoupling capacitors over the boards to prevent power distribution issues during the engineering of printed circuit boards. But this may cause an over-defensive design, unnecessary costs, and sometimes problems that are only detected in the first prototype. Much tighter requirements due to regulations, quality, and time-to-market, mean that these time-consuming tasks need to be shifted into the design flow.

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        Creating BGA Fan-outs Manually Can Account for 25-30% of Your PCB Design Time - Let's Automate

        Fanning out high pin-count BGAs can be a simple one click operation, and creating escape patterns from the fan-outs can be done automatically as well.  How long did you spend on your last PCB design on the BGA components alone?

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        Trunk Routing vs. Bus Routing: They're the Same Thing, Right?

        Recently, a discussion flared up in our office after someone questioned the use of the term ‘trunk routing’. They wondered whether it’s really a term in its own right – or just a fancy name for bus routing?

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        University of OSLO Expands CADSTAR Use to Design Weather Satellite to Research Effects of Solar Storms

        CADSTAR is currently being used for the PCB design of a miniature space weather satellite due to be launched in 2013 called CubeSTAR. This new satellite is being designed to perform research on the phenomenon of electron clouds.

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        How to Implement Constraint Management for PCB Designers

        So you’re facing shorter design cycle times due to rapidly emerging global competition and the pressure to meet quality control standards, among many other things like drastically changing technologies that deal with faster speeds and sophisticated IC packages; introducing complexity to the simplest of design flows.

          Intro Movies

          CADSTAR Overview

          CADSTAR Features

          P.R.Editor Activ-45: PCB design optimization with advanced 45 degree routing and pushing

          Adding connections in a schematic

          Board Modeler Lite - Collision Checking

          P.R.Editor - Push Aside

          CADSTAR High-speed PCB Design Tutorials

          Applying Length Constraints

          Applying Topologies

          Constraining for Relative Skew

          Designing with Crosstalk Constraints

          Designing with H-Tree Topologies

          CADSTAR Express Tutorials

          Adding Connections and Controlling Overlap

          Adding Busses

          Adding Global Signal Symbols

          Adding Parts to a Schematic Design

          Adding Testpoint Components

          Automatic Placement

          Batch Processing Manufacturing Data

          BGA Wizard