Instant Web Part Access
Save time when you prototype, even before the new components you’re using are in your master library. Download what you need and carry on working. Find a web part, place it and it becomes part of your schematic. Forward-annotate to PCB Editor. No need for a final form factor yet. Create a prototype in seconds—check it out in 2D and 3D physical context right away.
Web part lookup is part of eCADSTAR’s connected design platform, with access to extensive online parts libraries, including 3D models—and downloaded parts are fully editable.
Schematic blocks make your design easier to understand. They are great for design reviews and they equip you for maximum re-use, design integrity and teamwork. It’s easy to share blocks with other engineers, so you can refine, optimize, and keep similar circuits consistent.
Schematic blocks are parts of a schematic design that you identify and save as re-usable work during schematic capture. This means you can share them with other engineers. Blocks add hierarchy. A hierarchical PCB design adds structure, making electronic designs easier to interpret in reviews. It empowers concurrent design and simultaneous working on parts of a PCB design or system.
Structure design variation from schematic entry through to physical design. Decide which components are fitted and even which parts are used in each variant. A way to think of variation is that the conductor metal on the PCB is always the same, but you can vary what is assembled on it.
Design variation is how you manage different varieties of the same bare-board PCB without duplicating the parts that do not change. For example, premium versions of a PCB could include additional HDMI or USB ports or more memory.
Good signal integrity is essential for many PCBs, even if the products they go into are not high-speed. Many standard parts, including memory and I/O, run at high speeds. This means they use up less PCB real estate, because signals that run faster can travel over fewer tracks. eCADSTAR supports professional signal integrity control in both schematic entry and physical PCB design, using consistent methods throughout. In Schematic Editor, you can use simulation and analysis to see how your proposed layer stacks, track widths, spacings, etc. will perform when they are laid out on a PCB. Even better, when you’ve decided what you want, you can instantly create a PCB prototype and lay out as much or as little as you like. Then you can drill down to fine detail, using the same simulation and analysis you used in Schematic Editor.
Control high-speed layout without external software in a consistent, unified environment. Check the high-speed performance of proposed topologies, layer stacks, track widths, track spacings and PCB materials before you commit to physical design. PCB signal integrity tools used to be bolt-on, with a variety user interfaces. With eCADSTAR, what you need to achieve good signal integrity is built-in.
eCADSTAR is a next-generation solution, not a collection of disparate EDA applications strung together to address new issues as they emerged. Want to copy a circuit or a block from one schematic to another? Just open both then select, copy, paste. Want to share a high-speed scenario and its simulation results with another engineer? Just save and send. That engineer can open them and even edit them, sharing their suggestions back to you in the same way.