DownStream Announces CAM350® Version 10.5 with DesignAnalyzer to Reduce Fabrication Costs

Marlborough, MA – February 14, 2011 – DownStream Technologies, LLC today announced CAM350® Version 10.5, the latest release of its industry-leading solution for the verification and optimization of printed circuit boards. With CAM350 Version 10.5, DownStream once again demonstrates its commitment to bringing customer-focused solutions to the marketplace. The latest release includes many new features and performance improvements to greatly enhance and add value to the tool.

Featured in this release is DownStream’s new DesignAnalyzer – a new method to analyze the contents and complexity of a PCB design against the capabilities of the PCB fabricator. This functionality will help reduce the overall cost of PCB fabrication for electronics companies.
“The Design Analyzer tool is vital in PCB post processing as it helps the board designer compare the design against the capabilities of the PCB fabricator, minimizing any risk and allowing for the most economical fabrication process,” said Rick Almeida, one of the founders of DownStream. “By analyzing the design against the PCB design features users can optimize the design for the best possible fabrication run while still in engineering, saving time by helping to identify the appropriate fabricator for the job while maintaining quality and design integrity,” he added
CAM350 Version 10.5 Highlights
Design Analyzer – The reason for analyzing a design goes beyond verifying that it meets certain design rules. The user may want to analyze the overall complexity of the design for quoting purposes or for deciding which fabricator is qualified to manufacture it. Many times changing a few rules in the design may allow it to be manufactured more quickly and accurately.
An example would be a design that the clearances on a plane layer were defaulted to “x”/size over the drill size. Board shop “A” may add a premium to boards of this design. Board shop “B” may not even be able to manufacture boards of this technology. The designer may have used this value as a default, even though the layout allowed them to use a larger value. Redefining their designs to the larger value may result in a less expensive board, or a more accurate result from the Fabricator. A Fabricator will use the Design Analyzer for generating quotes on incoming designs. The flexible output choices of the Design Analyzer allow the Fabricator to use the information generated in their existing quoting system.
Paste Mask Analysis Streams RC has been enhanced to now include paste mask analysis. This allows designs to be checked during design stage for proper inclusion and sizing of paste masks. The analysis includes checks for missing, extra, and improperly sized Paste Masks. The following checks are available for the Paste Mask layer type: (1) Paste Mask on Through-hole Pads, (2) Missing Paste Mask on SMD parts, (3) Paste Mask with no Solder Mask opening, and (4) Paste Mask to Copper
annular ring check.
BluePrint PCB Panel Integration   – The interface with BluePrint PCB has be improved to allow the passing of tooling and breakout tab drills to be passed into CAM350. Fiducials, if added in BluePrint, are also passed along. The user can then choose to output the completed panel from CAM350 using Gerber or ODB++ outputs. They can also include this information in a Release Package containing all the deliverable required to manufacture the design.
Large Memory AccessLarge Address Aware has been incorporated in CAM350. The amount of memory available to CAM350 goes to 4GB on 64 bit machines. This allows two times as much memory to be available for processing designs through CAM350 than in the past.
DXF Improvements – Both the import and the export modules in CAM350 have been updated to support newer releases of AutoCAD.
Streams RC Update – Copper Slivers, Mask Sliver, Track to Pad and Track to Track analysis have been updated for performance and accuracy. Drill to copper checks now allow for the exclusion of indicator pads to limit the number of errors reported to the user. “Pads without Drills” has been updated to ignore non circular pads in the same location, which has caused false positives in the past.
Defect Fixes – Over 30 software corrections have been made to previously existing functionality, further improving upon CAM350’s quality and reliability.
Availability and Pricing
CAM350 Version 10.5 is available immediately and DownStream Technologies will provide it at no additional charge to all existing customers with a valid maintenance agreement. Actual content will vary based on end-users configuration. For more information log onto, email Email Contact or contact a DownStream local Value Added Reseller (VAR).

About DownStream Technologies
DownStream Technologies, LLC is a software and services company focused on helping engineering organizations optimize and automate the PCB Release Process. Our tools redefine how engineering professionals post-process PCB designs to create and distribute all the deliverables required for a complete PCB assembly release package. CAM350® provides verification, optimization and output generation to efficiently drive PCB fabrication. BluePrint for Printed Circuit Boards® works with CAM350® (and other PCB CAD systems to help users quickly produce comprehensive electronic drawings to drive PCB fabrication, assembly and inspection processes. More information about DownStream can be found at
©2011 DownStream Technologies, LLC. All rights reserved. CAM350® and BluePrint for Printed Circuits Boards® are registered trademarks of DownStream Technologies, LLC. All other trademarks and registered trademarks contained within this document are the property of their respective owners.

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