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Printed circuit board design tools

23 August 2006 Design Automation

The full version of Ranger2 PCB CAD software is now available as a freeware version. According to the manufacturer, it has become uneconomic to sell Ranger2 due to the administration costs involved. But rather than discontinue a very popular product, the company has decided to offer it as a freeware version. All Ranger2 designs and libraries are fully upwards compatible with the current Ranger2 XL and Ranger XL packages.

Key features include:

* Schematic: eight sheets - A5 to A1; auto-allocation of parts and pins; macros; up to eight power rails.

* ArtWork: 25 μm resolution; 16 000 pins, 1400 components; 16 layers; 16 track and 16 pad sizes per design; an 800 by 800 mm PCB area; gate and pin swapping; back annotation; signal highlight; autorouter (single or double-sided).

* Outputs: printers/plotters with Windows drivers, Gerber, NC drill files and HPGL.

* General: Futurenet pinlist input; Gerber input.

* DXF: transfer and interfaces to Specctra auto-router.

For more information contact Ian Watson, Mimic Components/Crafts, +27 (0)11 689 5700, ian@mimic.co.za



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