Zuken announces the First System-level PCB Design Environment

Design Force – a complete system on package and board design and analysis solution

Design Force – Zuken’s new IC package and PCB design and analysis solution.

October 25, 2011 – Munich, Germany and Westford, MA, USA – Zuken today announces its new IC package and PCB design and analysis solution called  Design Force. The design solution is the only one of its kind that enables single board, multi-board, and chip-package-board interconnect optimization in native 3D. Design Force is a single solution environment which includes embedded interactive and automatic routing, design analysis and constraint management.

The environment allows design teams to layout their complete system designs – from quick prototype boards to complex, multi-board systems – using a single tool.

A number of companies are currently evaluating  Design Force to help them future-proof their design process, speed up their product development and improve their product quality.

Using the latest human interface techniques in a full 3D environment, the designer has control using a mouse in one hand and a touchpad in the other for two-handed design. The new user interface has been optimized to reduce time taken for menu picks, mouse clicks, and mouse travel distance, making it much faster and easier to use than comparable ECAD solutions. Throughout the design process, the designer can switch between 2D and 3D seamlessly to combine conventional 2D design with 3D design in real-time.

"Design Force represents a major step forward in PCB design solutions," said Steve Chidester, head of product marketing at Zuken EAS. "We have worked closely with customers around the world to develop a product that not only meets today’s needs, but tomorrow’s as well. In this process, we realized that we had to start over and develop something completely new."

Next-generation performance

Design Force uses the newest hardware and software – native 64-bit, multi-CPU, and multi-threading – for the fastest ECAD system performance available today. It has fast graphics using OpenGL and DirectX, providing almost instantaneous rendering. With this graphics performance, designers can place and manage embedded components, view and modify layers, and optimize chip-package-board and multi-board interconnects, moving and editing seamlessly through multiple designs – all in both 2D and 3D.

Multiple client-server implementations are supported, including cloud computing.

Single solution environment

Design Force has embedded support for high-speed design, allowing engineers and layout designers to conduct signal integrity, EMC, and power integrity analysis, manage constraints and autoroute. Improved product quality is achieved by early detection of design errors and verification of performance requirements through the embedded design analysis and online rules checking. Designers can effectively co-design a chip, package and board, embed components in the dielectric, and verify manufacturing rules in real-time. This ensures that both manufacturing requirements and engineering intent are preserved during the design process.

Multi-board design solution

Design Force is part of Zuken’s new  CR-8000 PCB design suite – the only concept-to-manufacturing multi-board design solution that has been developed from the start to address the unique requirements of system-level design optimization. As part of the  CR-8000 system-level design flow, Design Force is fully integrated with  System Planner(system-level design planning) and  Design Gateway (system-level circuit engineering).

Design Force – System level co-design of system-in-packages on a board+

System level co-design of system-in-packages on a board

Design Force - Embed components accurately in 3D+

Embed components accurately in 3D

Design Force - 3D system design of system-in-packages with through-silicon-vias on a PCB+

3D system design of system-in-packages with through-silicon-vias on a PCB

For more information on Design Force, visit  www.zuken.com/design-force; or for CR-8000, visit  www.zuken.com/cr-8000.

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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  www.zuken.com.

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