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What's New in eCADSTAR 2024

The 2024.0 update brings new additions to improve your efficiency and user experience
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The eCADSTAR 2024.0 update introduces a series of enhancements and new features designed to meet the increasing demand for compact, high-performing and energy-efficient electronic designs.

Discover below how each feature will improve aspects of your PCB design process in the schematic creation and PCB layouts plus additions to the Library editor that optimtally organises your workflow.

eCADSTAR Web Portal

The new web portal harmonises eCADSTAR web-based functionality in one place.

  • There is a single search for online help, DIY training, and eCADSTAR.com content.
  • eCADSTAR online help and DIY training materials are now accessible outside of ZGS with no login required.
  • Log in the web portal using your ZGS details to unify your eCADSTAR experience.

 

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Support for Etched Inductor Parts

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eCADSTAR supports new etched inductor parts by utilising third-party design software and the possibility of importing DXF copper patterns.

  • Create inductor parts in the Library Editor such as Planar Transformers, RF-filters, antennas, or embedded Polymer Thick / Thin Film (PTF) resistors.
  • Design Planar Transformers using 3rd party software such as Auto Planner Magnetics or PI Expert.
  • Draw copper patterns in the eCADSTAR footprint editor or import copper patterns from a DXF file as an etched component in the eCADSTAR Footprint Editor.
  • Calculate the planar inductance using the toolkit from Saturn PCB design and draw the copper pattern in the eCADSTAR Footprint Editor.

 

Copy Full Part

Copy Full Part in eCADSTAR simplifies your library management allowing you to copy all data associated with a part between libraries easily.

  • When copying parts from one library to another, the footprint, symbol, 3D model, pad stack, and pads are also copied in the same operation.
    • When working from home choose from using the central network library or your local library.
    • When you want to use the network library again, you can easily transfer the new parts from your local library into the central network library using copy full part.

 

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Design & Shape Comparison

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Design and shape comparison allows you to easily compare the differences between design versions.

  • Allows comparison of two schematics, two PCB’s, or one schematic and one PCB design, detailing netlist difference.
  • Additionally, support for shape comparison between two versions of a PCB design.

 

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Net/Bus Improvements

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There are many net and bus improvements providing numerous benefits, for example, reducing manual errors in your work:

  • Terminate with a symbol when adding a net or bus it can be automatically terminated with a symbol.

 

Net Improvement

  • When adding a net, the net label can now be defined by selecting an existing net label.

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Bus Improvements

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  • When adding a bus, the bus label can now be defined, either by typing or selecting an existing bus label. These improvements increase the speed, reliability, and usability of buses and nets.

DRC Improvements

The usability of DRC has been enhanced and additional checks added:

  • Hide unchecked rules from the results.
  • Improved DRC for dangling connectors.

 

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CADSTAR to eCADSTAR Migration Improvements

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A number of enhancements have been made to design migration that help to preserve the consistency of your migrated designs:

  • Support for migration of dimensioning.
  • Support for migration of associated pins (multiple pins being connected by component copper).

 

Sheet Connector Improvement

  • When adding a Sheet Connector you can now select from a list of Net Labels to make your design process simpler.

 

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These are only a snapshot of the 70+ new additions and features we have in store for the eCADSTAR 2024.0 update that boosts design efficiency and simplifies your workflow. Stay tuned for more updates that we will have for you!