eCADStar 2022 PCB design software offers advanced capabilities for organization and reuse of designs, fine-tuning of high-speed circuitry, and layout and modification of densely populated PCB layouts through semiautomatic functionality.

Organization of large circuit diagrams in schematic application has been simplified with additional support for multi-instanced hierarchy, making it possible to group circuit parts (e.g., multi-channels, like amplifiers) that are used several times in a design into hierarchical blocks. Blocks can be replicated in any number of instances. All instances are updated automatically whenever changes are made to block definition. Library management now has 3-D Model Manager that can import ProStep and other 3-D formats. Models can be organized into sub-folders. Overhaul of Configuration Editor makes it easier to define or edit physical track and layer stack cross-sections for analysis. Users can define etch factors to compensate for impedance variations introduced by inaccuracies in etching process, either for entire designs or for individual PCB tracks, enhancing accuracy of signal integrity analysis, especially for ultra-high-speed differential signals. Bi-directional cross-probe between Electrical Editor and Schematic and PCB has been introduced. Modification of existing layout patterns, such as moving placed components, now supports push-aside, automatically adjusting surrounding components and corresponding routing patterns in real-time. Routing of multi-pad footprint pads, in which single pins correspond to multiple IC pads, is now supported. Component positions can be exported to CSV file for either entire layout or part of it.


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