Zuken strengthens industry’s only product-centric design solution

CR-8000 Design Gateway and Design Force 2014 now available

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. Design Gateway and Design Force – the core of Zuken’s CR-8000 2D/3D multi-PCB and IC packaging design solution (which was introduced in 2011) – contain enhancements that include significant new placement and routing functionality for both conventional and high-speed designs, 3D mechanical enclosure clearance checking, and interfaces to third party simulation tools.

"In the development of the world's thinnest and lightest 20-inch large-screen 4K tablet, CR-8000 Design Force’s system-level SI and thermal analysis effectively reduced the number of design spins during the project. Due to the success of this project, we will make more efforts with Zuken to develop our next generation 4K tablet using CR-8000 Design Force," said Mr. Kiyoshi Nakanishi, 4K Tablet development manager, Panasonic Corporation.

Enhanced placement and routing

Placement and routing templates enable designers who work with bus routing or flex circuits to follow either reference routing or the board outline, then save the route as a template for parallel routes within the same design. For high-speed designs, topology templates can now be created based on reference designs that include guidelines for track lengths, widths and spacing – greatly reducing the effort to configure and manage constraints, especially with differential pair routing.

3D mechanical enclosure clearance verification

Multi-board design, a unique feature of CR-8000 permitting the coordinated design of multiple boards in one product, now has the ability to check 3D clearance between boards directly within the PCB design environment. It also reports and cross-probes to any clearance violations between objects including board outlines, components, nets, and mechanical data.

Creation of intelligent PDF drawings that include bookmarks for components, and intelligent text for items such as reference designators, is now available for manufacturing reviews and document sharing.

Interface with third party simulation tools

Design Force 2014 has increased support for a number of third party simulation and analysis tools. Users may now:

  • Import conductor figures generated in AWR Microwave Office into Design Force using the new Import IFF function.
  • Import data on the optimization of decoupling capacitors from ANSYS PI Advisor into Design Force using the new Import PI Advisor function.
  • Exchange bidirectional information with Agilent ADS using the new ADS Board Link file format.

For more information see www.zuken.com/cr-8000

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For more information contact your local PR person:


Amy Clements, Zuken USA Inc., 238 Littleton RD, STE 100, Westford, MA 01886

Tel: 1 972-691-3284

E-mail: amy.clements@zuken.com

Twitter: @ZukenAmericas

Northern & Southern Europe

Sally Wilkes, Zuken Ltd., 1500 Aztec West, Almondsbury, Bristol, BS32 4RF, UK

Tel: 44 (0)1454 207800

E-mail: sally.wilkes@zuken.com

Twitter: @ZukenUK_SCAN

Central Europe

Klaus Wiedemann, Zuken GmbH, Am Söldnermoos 17, 85399 Hallbergmoos, Deutschland

Tel.: 49 89 607696-58

E-mail: Klaus.Wiedemann@zuken.com

Twitter: @ZukenCentralEur

About CR-8000

With a fully integrated design flow from initial planning through circuit engineering, physical layout and manufacturing output, CR-8000 is the only concept-to-manufacturing, native 2D and 3D, single and multi-board system design platform on the market. It was developed from the start to address the challenges of system-level design optimization, offering companies a competitive edge in their product design by supporting faster design turnaround and improved time-to-market. Base components include: System Planner, Design Gateway, Design Force and DFM Center. www.zuken.com/cr-8000

About Zuken 

Zuken is a global provider of leading-edge software and consulting services for electrical and electronic design and manufacturing. Founded in 1976, Zuken has the longest track record of technological innovation and financial stability in the electronic design automation (EDA) software industry. The company’s extensive experience, technological expertise and agility, combine to create world-class software solutions. Zuken’s transparent working practices and integrity in all aspects of business produce long-lasting and successful customer partnerships that make Zuken a reliable long-term business partner.

Zuken is focused on being a long-term innovation and growth partner. The security of choosing Zuken is further reinforced by the company’s people—the foundation of Zuken’s success. Coming from a wide range of industry sectors, specializing in many different disciplines and advanced technologies, Zuken’s people relate to and understand each company’s unique requirements. For more information about the company and its products, visit