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DownStream upgrades PCB documentation tool

Posted: 16 Oct 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:DownStream? BluePrint? PCB? automated documentation tool? PCB CAD system?

DownStream Technologies LLC has upgraded its BluePrint for PCBs, an automated documentation tool, with new functionality and new integrations with PCB CAD systems.

BluePrint automatically creates and links the PCB views and details necessary to build documentation packages for fabrication, assembly and inspection. These packages contain the necessary information to build, view, and archive a final PCB product. DownStream claims that customers using BluePrint can expect to save as much as 60 to 80 percent off the PCB documentation process, or even more when engineering change orders (ECOs) are required.

Focusing initially on low-cost PCB toolsets, previous versions of BluePrint worked only with Cadence Design Systems' Allegro and OrCAD products, and Mentor Graphics' PADS layout tool. Now addressing more expensive tools, the new BluePrint version 1.5 claims full integration with Mentor's Boardstation and Expedition, as well as Zuken's Visula and Cadstar PCB design tools.

BluePrint v1.5 also claims improved ECO support, a new auto-sequencing text box tool, the ability to create new drill symbols, an autosave feature, a search capability, and improved keyboard binding. Users can now define a tool type for drill charts by grouping drill attributes imported with CAD design data.

BluePrint for PCBs was first introduced in March 2006 starting at $12,000 per seat. Version 1.5 is already available.

- Richard Goering
EE Times

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