Design Automation


PCB layout system includes board fabrication checking

11 April 2001 Design Automation

Innoveda is offering an enhanced version of its popular PowerPCB printed circuit board layout system that incorporates the powerful CAM350 DFF (design for fabrication) Audit module for board fabrication checking. Designers and fabricators now can perform this function using a single tool. In addition, the PowerPCB design environment now has expanded database capabilities, offers new routing and scripting enhancements and provides tighter integration with other Innoveda tools.

The DFF Audit enables users to perform fabrication design rule checks using PowerPCB's design verification tools. It checks the design database for fabrication errors such as: acid traps, copper slivers, solder mask slivers, traces in a soldermask opening, silkscreen over pads, and minimum feature sizes. Designers can fix problems earlier in the design process because they are addressed in the PCB database rather than in a separate, downstream DFF application.

"We took the DFF Audit from our best-selling CAM350 tool for fabrication analysis and integrated it with PowerPCB," said Rick Almeida, Vice President of Marketing, Product Realization Group. "Designers and fabricators now can handle PCB layout and fabrication checks seamlessly. There's no longer the need for designers to learn a second software application."

The PowerPCB is an advanced design environment for complex, high-speed printed circuit boards. This core interconnect solution for PCBs is a shape-based, rules-driven design layout solution.

It also provides support for the definition and fabrication output of slotted holes. The latest version also provides new routing functionality that enables board designers to freely stitch multiple vias to plane layers. Other routing features include user control of auto smoothing operations during the completion of dynamic route editor (DRE) bus route commands, a dynamic trace length monitor, and trace colouring of all items associated with a connection.

Users now can benefit from PowerPCB's enhanced integration to the ViewDraw schematic-capture tool, and to the HyperLynx tool suite for signal integrity analysis. This integration is handled through the BoardSim tool, which provides improved integration for data passing to and from the PowerPCB environment.

Innoveda is represented in South Africa by ASIC Design Services. For further information contact Kobus van Rooyen, (011) 315 8316, kobus@asic.co.za



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