PCB Layout CAD : Flow and Configuration of Printed Circuit Board Design

PCB Designer

This is an artwork application that includes many editing functions for compatibility with cutting-edge board designs such as flexible boards in addition to single-sided, double-sided, super multilayer, high density design, and built-up boards.

Be sure to use the many convenient functions available in PCB Designer.

<Introduction to Functions>

Routing Functions
Functions for reducing the load on designers for routing are included such a change routing route and routing lead to GridOFF function, and routing real time clearance display.
In order to be compatible with high-speed routing, work for Differential Pair Routes and Route Length control can be done easily according to DRC design rules.
It is also compatible with Stop at First Obstacle and normal routing with a minimal number of clicks, and with semi-auto routing that executes an automatic search for the shortest route.
Angle routing, which is often used for high-frequency design, is also possible. Endcaps are angled, and in addition to right angles, it is also possible to change the routing angle to an arbitrary angle.


Plane Functions
There are functions for Thermal auto creation, real-time update for Clearance for obstacles, and auto deletion of unconnected planes available for plane import for Power Supply/GND reinforcement, inner layer plane import, and surface layer auto plane import.
These allow for speedy plane editing.
It is possible to create mesh-shaped planes, and compatibility with UL Standards and transparent boards is possible.


In addition to the design rules according to each net, a grouped DRC according to Net Class Settings is also possible.
It is possible to customize the DRC to register arbitrary items, numerical values, and layers targeting Silk-to-Resistance and Resistance-to-Pattern, etc., for manufacturing.
It is also compatible with online DRCs, so DRC Settings can be confirmed in real time while designing a PCB.
It is possible to perform routing in consideration of various design rules such as Clearance, so unnecessary return work is eliminated resulting in improved quality.


Batch Export for Checking Drawings/Manufacturer Data
After board design is completed, it is possible to export all request documents to each manufacturer.
All necessary documents for board manufacturing, component procurement, and component mounting companies can be output together, and manufacturing requests and auto estimation requests are possible using email setting.


Various Keep Out Areas/Assembly Areas
It is possible to import various Keep Out Areas when creating footprints or when designing PCBs.
Target types are "Component Height Restriction", "Drill Placement Restriction", and "Restricted Net Restriction", and it is possible to detect them as DRC errors.
Arbitrary Assembly Areas can be added, and height information can also be imported. IDF file export is possible as an Assembly Area.


Comparing Different Revisions
Schematic to Schematic", "Schematic to PCB", PCB to PCB", PCB to Schematic" is possible, and it is possible to compare differences between new/old data such as from schematic to schematic and PCB to PCB in addition to Forward Annotation and Back Annotation when changing design.


Design Rule Area
DRC Settings can be added separately for areas that cannot normally be set for DRCs such as areas around BGAs in high-density designs, which formerly required much time for visually checking.
Special set values such as Route Width, Clearance, and Via Shape can be directly reflected.


DFM Manufacturing Check (MRC)
By performing confirmation in consideration of manufacturability when designing PCBs, unnecessary return work during board manufacturing can be eliminated.


Export ODB++
It is now compatible with integrated database ODB++ format in order to securely transfer information from the printed board design process to the manufacturer/component mounting process.
This can be used as communication data between global companies.


Panelize (Imposition)
In addition to multi-panelization for the same type of board, multi-panelization for different types of boards is possible.


Collaboration with Transmission Route Analysis
By exporting DSN files, it is possible to have smooth collaboration with various simulators (DEMITAS NX, SIGNAL ADVISER, etc.).


Mechanical System CAD (3DCAD)
IDF/STEP file interface allows for seamless collaboration between printed board design data and housing data.
Before manufacturing a prototype, it is possible to confirm "Component Collision" and "Pattern Short with Housing" that formerly needed to be confirmed in the prototype manufacturing phase, which greatly reduces design costs and design time.


Component Wizard (Compatible with IPC)
By importing IPC standard numerical values for ensuring the quality and reliability of electronic product assembly, it is possible to execute component pad placement, and to automatically create official outlines, dimensions, and silk shapes using the Component Wizard.
This function greatly reduces the time needed for component creation.


share (Shared Component Library)
PCB design drawings can be created quickly using "Components" stored in the cloud server managed by Quadcept without the need to prepare components.


Create Board Slit
Slit import for ensuring the creeping distance between opposite polarities, Create Board Slit for panelization, and perforation import, which formerly took much time to create using combinations of lines and arcs can now be created quickly similar to importing lines.


Create Test Land Automatically
A function for automatically creating one Test Land for each Net Name is included.
Sequential placement of Test Lands only is possible after auto creation.
This eliminates complicated work that formerly required individual creation/placement.