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The PCB Module is included in the following Designer Suites:

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PCB Design Technology (PCB)

Why Settle for Mundane EDA PCB Design Software, When you Can Step Up to True EDA and CAD in One Environment?

The PCB Design technology is the core engine of all Design Suites. Also known as Electronics Packaging Designer or EPD.

See EPD for AutoCAD

See the Base EPD Engine Overview


Key features Include:

  1. Full schematic capture and LVS checking

  2. Detailed in depth DRC rule for complete clearance checking

  3. Automatic parametric component generation

  4. Powerful component editing

  5. Many routing and Autorouting options

  6. The world's most flexible plane generation tools for both Positive, Boundary and Negative planes


  • Technology files:

    • Preset command parameters, layer types, vias, etc.

    • Unit selection of inches, mils, millimeters and microns

    • Board/substrate stackup control

    • Save and reload settings

  • Powerful Layout Versus Schematic (LVS)

  • Re-annotate schematic and PCB reference designators simultaneously using areas specified by polygons and radiation points

  • Highlight boundary and trace nets

  • Support for hierarchical designs

  • Design Rule Checking (DRC):

    • Global rules

    • Layer rules

    • Region rules

    • Class rules

    • Individual net rules

    • Special rules that can be set between any of the above types

    • Real time or batch mode

  • Parametric libraries for:

    • Through hole components

    • Surface mount components

    • Intelligent printed and etched elements

    • Easy library maintenance

  • Visual (graphic) libraries for:

    • Any uniquely created part

    • Easy library maintenance

  • Powerful pad stack editor with:

    • Easy global or individual component modifications

    • Custom entities at any angle, location or quantity

    • Sets net names, class names, etc.

    • Control attribute offsets for easy viewing 

  • Rat command allows:

    • Flexible control of layer, color, optimization, class and display of each rat

    • Add or swap rats

    • Automatic net list update

    • Dynamically optimized for part placement

    • Multiple net list support

  • Routing conducted with:

    • Online-DRC

    • Any angle direction with settable snaps

    • Gridless capability

    • Object snugging

    • Any shape polygon recognition

  • Planes constructed automatically with:

    • Positive fill

    • Negative fill

    • Positive boundary fill

    • Mixed plane and signal routing

    • Coplanar ground shields

    • Automatic via peppering

    • True arcs

    • Variable air gap control

  • Ground tie creator and editor:

    • Place up to 4 ties with any angle, air gap, tie width, and DRC

  • Generate artwork with utilities for:

    • RS274D and RS274X, and NC Drill and NC Route

    • True type font support

    • True arc support

    • Polygon fill and void support (Paint and Scratch)

    • Panelization of layers individually or globally

    • Layers scaled individually or globally in the X or Y scale independently

    • Gerber verification with the net list

    • Read in Gerber files from other sources

  • Automatic dimensioning and tolerancing

  • Multiple layout-view support for:

    • Assembly drawings

    • Fabrication drawings

    • Automatic drill table and drill symbol placement

  • A dedicated suite of utilities allows construction of custom components with any imaginable geometry on any layer

  • Hierarchical Design Rule Checker (DRC) works in batch mode or in real time

  • Advanced routing tools including manual, interactive, and fully automatic modes

  • Custom entity system for customer-specific requirements configure Netchk, DRC, Gerber, etc.

  • Advanced region modelers for the most advanced ground planes, including solid fill, hatched, striped, positive, negative, and boundary planes

  • Verification for:

    • Layout Versus Schematic (LVS) checks

    • Design Rule Check (DRC) for clearances

    • Manufacturing rules checks

  • Customized parts list generated from the schematic or layout may be automatically placed in the drawing as a table.

  • PCB panelization enables manufacturing of different PCBs on the same panel

  • IPC356-D test data generation allows CAM checking of Gerber files

  • Full Gerber write and read functions directly in PCB Designer / AutoCAD include quick viewing of Gerber files and the ability to read in Gerber from any source

  • Complete ANSI standard drafting and global editing utilities are built in
  • It has the full power of AutoCAD with unlimited undos, size, grid, snap, geometries, etc.
  • Any number of layers possible
  • Unlimited pin count
  • All unit systems are supported: inches, mils, millimeters and microns
  • Eight digits of accuracy with floating decimal point (1/100,000,000 of one unit) is standard
  • Cadence Allegro® PCB autorouter direct interface available
  • Built in autorouter
  • Technology files fully control the design environment
  • Extensive SMT libraries are based on the industry standard SMT Plus
  • Parametric Leaded / SMT parts creation software have read / write libraries
  • Advanced padstack editor that edits pad shapes quickly can create custom entities on any layer at any angle or X, Y offsets. It also controls netnames, class names and attribute offsets on each pin
  • Parts are placed after an automatic search of all libraries for footprints in the netlist
  • The DynaRat command moves parts with precision while optimizing the rats dynamically
  • In the Rat dialog multiple netlists may be defined or merged in the same PCB database
  • Ratlines (guides) may be assigned colors, classes, layers, and optimization or by net order
  • Interactive manual router has an online Design Rule Checker which maintains clearance while routing
  • Automatic creator of complex positive, negative and boundary ground planes that controls the airgap on each entity and progressively fillets corners
  • Automatic DRC has standard rules and allows custom rules to check clearance between entities on any layer
  • Full hierarchical layout to schematic verification supports recursive nested circuits in blocks
  • Annotate schematic and PCB reference designators simultaneously using steering polygons and radiation points set up in either or both drawings
  • Automatic silk screen creation includes rear silkscreen for front parts and radial silkscreen on selected parts
  • Automatic creation of drill tables and hole symbols, plus storage of hole symbol selections for future reruns
  • Automatically create / read-in fabrication notes
  • Advanced datum dimensioning makes fabrication details easy



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