Zuken and Agilent speed up PCB-in-system design
Zuken has improved the integration of its Board Designer PCB design tool Agilent Technologies advanced design system (ADS) software.
The tools will support more straight-forward transfer of net, component and pin names created in Board Designer into ADS, along with other geometries.
“This simplifies the process of finding target signals to simulate with Agilent’s EM tools, while also reducing the time it would normally take to complete this task,” said the firms.
According to Todd Cutler, general manager, Agilent EEsof EDA, the combination of the two design tools creates “a more efficient design flow, resulting in better designs and shorter design cycles.”
“This enhanced integration will bring much smoother design and review processes for high-frequency PCB designers worldwide,” said Kazuhiro Kariya, chief technology officer at Zuken.
Agilent’s ADS software, which is used for designing RF, microwave and high-speed digital applications, integrates with CR-5000 Board Designer, Zuken’s PCB and IC package design tool suite.
The interface allows users to transfer physical routing structures and board material information from Board Designer to ADS.
Once in ADS, engineers can use Agilent’s electromagnetic analysis tools, including momentum and finite element method simulators, to optimise the performance of high-frequency circuits.
The enhanced interface is available with Zuken’s Board Designer version 14, part of the recently-released CR-5000 version 14 and the ADS 2012 release.