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Visualization tool adds PCB design support

Posted: 29 Jul 2003 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:autovue? visualization tool? autovue v17.1? cimmetry systems?

AutoVue, a widely-used visualization and collaboration tool in the architectural, engineering and construction marketplaces, is targeting EDA in its latest release. AutoVue v17.1 from Cimmetry Systems adds support for PCB layout and schematic formats, along with features such as cross-probing.

AutoVue lets users view and collaborate on product data including 3D casings and parts, electronic boards and chips, text-based bills of material (BOMs), and 2D manufacturing drawings. It supports real-time collaboration, and is available as a Windows desktop application or a thin client-server based solution for Windows or Unix platforms.

AutoVue claims support for over 200 native formats. In the new 17.1 release, AutoVue supports layouts and schematics from PCB CAD systems including Mentor Graphics BoardStation, PADs and Design Architect, Cadence Design Systems Allegro, Zuken Cadstar, and Altium P-CAD 2002. It also supports the GDS II IC layout format.

New EDA-related features include cross-probing between layouts and schematics, searching and highlighting components and nets, querying for entity properties and attributes, generating BOMs, measuring minimum distances, viewing 3D PCBs, and dynamic control of layer visibility, order and color.

AutoVue 17.1 Solid Model Professional, with the new EDA support, is available for $1,500. An evaluation version is available at Cimmetry's website.

- Richard Goering

EE Times

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