The EDA tool incorporates a graphics engine powered by DirectX graphics and other high-performance gaming graphics cards
The underlying graphics engine have been reconfigured by utilising DirectX graphics and high-performance graphics cards such as those used in the gaming industry. Additionally, multi-threading capabilities have been extended and added to many functions, meaning that speed is significantly increased on features that are processor-intensive and that can utilise parallel processing.
Besides the speed advantage, new graphics enhance improves rendering quality of the design image being viewed.
Some of the other enhancements include:
- Same Net Via to SMD Check – This feature helps avoid technological problems during soldering of SMD components by ensuring a sufficient solder mask bridge between SMD pads and vias.
- Back Drilling for High-Speed Designs – Using an easily created rule set, back drilling can be defined for critical nets that require the removal of unwanted via or component pin stubs on through-holes. This can significantly reduce signal integrity issues and signal distortion.
- Differential Pair Rules – The ability to create differential pairs from rules automates a typically manual and time-consuming process, especially when working on designs with hundreds of differential pairs.
- Creepage Rules – These help calculate creepage paths for critical nets to validate safety rules for specific designs, e.g., in medical devices.
- Extended Character Set (Unicode) – Extended character and international support using the Unicode standard has been added, as well as character sets for languages such as Chinese, Japanese and Korean.
“Many of our customers are building significantly more complex designs resulting in the need for fast and efficient PCB design tools, ” said Bob Williams, marketing director for Pulsonix. “Version 11.0 makes a gigantic leap in speed, dramatically reducing the time it takes to perform many PCB design operations, such as Design Rule Checking (DRC), Copper Pouring and Gerber generation.”
“With these changes, some of our large designs are displaying up to 2.5 times faster,” said Olaf Hollinger at Carl Zeiss AG. “As an example, we’ve seen DRCs that can be more than four times faster with multi-threading using eight cores.”
“Version 11.0 is a remarkable step forward regarding performance and speed, which is very important for large designs,” added Hollinger.