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Zuken claims 3-D routing checker cuts design time up to 6 weeks

Posted: 06 Jun 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:zuken? routing checker? pcb? spacing synthesizer? tool?

Zuken has introduced a two- and three-dimensional routing checker for high-voltage PCBs that the company claims cuts typical design time by six weeks.

According to Zuken, the Spacing Synthesizer tool allows designers to check for adequate separation of signal paths in the Z dimension of a PCB in a matter of minutes. By contrast, the company said, Z-axis checks are traditionally done manually and can take designers up to six weeks on a typical four-layer board.

Spacing Synthesizer enables engineers to assign groups of signals, and the distance between signals of the same or a different group, from within the system schematic during the design process. The signal groups can then be visualized in different colors within System Designer, the schematic capture module of Zuken's cr-5000 enterprise-wide PCB design suite. A distance-matrix is automatically created that shows the design rules required in Board Designer, the tool-suite's board layout module.

Automating the design rule checking process reduces human error and assures board integrity with respect to conductor spacing, Zuken said. Spacing Synthesizer's 3-D check is also adjustable for varying board thicknesses and design rule exceptions, Zuken said, allowing variations in board fabrication process to be considered.

The Spacing Synthesizer tool works within CR-5000. The Spacing Synthesizer complete package, which includes front-end base spacing rule definition, back-end design rule stack generation and full 3-D design rule check is available now and is priced from $58,500. More information about the tool is available at Zuken's website.

- Dylan McGrath

EE Times

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