What's New in CR-8000 2017

Zuken’s CR-8000, the industry’s only product-centric design solution, continues to lead the way with next-generation tools capable of creating today’s and tomorrow’s complex product designs.

CR-8000 2017 is the first release to enhance electrical and electronic co-design at the architectural design phase. CR-8000 improves multi-board system optimization through new module management capabilities in System Planner 2017, and contains more than 150 user-driven enhancements and new features.

CR-8000 is the complete solution for your system-level, single and multi-board design requirements. In addition to the features highlighted below, further information is available in the product release notes.

ECAD/MCAD Collaboration

Electrical co-design is added to the architecture design phase through direct export to E3.series, Zuken’s electrical design tool suite. This new capability enables cross-domain architecture optimization, and eliminates the need for data reentry. With the rise in products containing both electronic and electrical design objects, the need for tight design integration across the domains becomes increasingly urgent.

Information on wires between boards can now be output in E3.WDG format. With this process integrated into the system instead of being managed as a manual task, errors may be identified earlier in the design process saving costs and improving quality.

E3.WDG format output
Information on wires between boards can now be output in E3.WDG format.

Logical Visionary Connector Pair Setting (Terminal Pin Assignment)

Drawing board or unit connectivity diagrams allow signals between boards and/or units to be studied. Defining the matching pins from the harness pin to the pin connector is done automatically, improving quality over manual matching. Pin pair information can be set for male and female connectors.

Pin Connectors

Architecture Design Expands Library and Modular Design Support

Module and detailed design integration is improved through modular design. Design module status can be verified to detect updates based on a set of user-defined rules. In addition, partitioning a design module across blocks or boards is now possible on a schematic page basis, allowing for improved architectural design optimization.

Reference designator assignments can be made, or auto-generated, during architecture design on a block-by-basis, allowing for more collaboration with detailed design. Design rule checks can also be applied to manage unassigned or duplicate reference designators. During physical optimization, components within the functional block may be identified and moved as a single unit, making floor planning easy and efficient.

Modular Design
The update status of circuit blocks and reused circuits can now be checked.

Import 3D Component Shape Specified in CDB

Geometrical visionary 3D component shapes can be assigned in the library and then imported into designs. This reduces errors compared to the previous manual process.

Component Library (CDB)
3D detailed figure information in the component library (CDB) can be imported.

DRC and ERC at Electrical Net Level

Design rule checks (DRC) and electrical rule checks (ERC) at electrical net level check are supported. DRCs now look at one or more electrical nets, offering much more electrically intelligent and robust rule checks.

Design rule checks and electrical rule checks
Change net labels in design from A to B in a single operation

Circuit Connectivity Information List

The IC connectivity cross reference check function allows the connectivity of the circuit design to be reviewed.

Matrix checking considering e-nets

Import of MCAD Data Efficiency Improvements

MCAD co-design has been expanded by importing figures from a board model created using mechanical CAD. Supported systems include CATIA V5, Creo, NX, SolidWorks, STEP, Parasolid, and ACIS. More accurate and speedier designs are possible using this level of mechanical detail.

The following data can be imported to design data: Board outline; Hole (Round hole, slot hole, rectangular hole, non-circular hole); Height limit area, area fill; Arrow view from the top or bottom of a component shape; Component coordinates.

PCB design data from MCAD
Improved creation of PCB design data from mechanical CAD data.

Bump Line Function for Skew Control

Skew adjustment control is possible using ‘bump line’, both in style and type, while maintaining impedance differential.

  • Enhancements made to the Edit function
  • Improvement to efficiency in skew adjustment for route differential pairs
  • Additional function to delete all, or selected bump lines
Skew adjustment control
Skew adjustment control is possible using ‘bump line’

Support for 3D PDF using PRC

Enhancements have been made to the 3D Model Export function to allow export of PRC data for subsequent output as a 3D PDF using third party software.

3D Model Export of PRC data

Improved PI and DC Analysis Flows

Enhancements to the PI/EMI Analysis Tool include a refreshed GUI and streamlined workflows improving the efficiency for PI and DC analysis.

PI and DC Analysis Efficiency
Refreshed GUI and streamlined workflows improve PI and DC analysis efficiency.

Analysis Result Output in DC Passives

Analysis results, such as voltage drops, are now measured and shown on passive device ports explicitly similar to other DC analysis results.

What-if Analysis Using a Virtual Decoupling Capacitor

A decoupling capacitor can now be virtually added without changing the circuit configuration, making selecting the decoupling capacitor more efficient.

Passive devices
Voltage drop, current and power consumption values of each passive device can be viewed.