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Zuken promotes smarter teamwork with concurrent product design enhancements

April 29, 2014

CR-8000 System Planner and Design Gateway 2014 now available Zuken continues to add new team design capabilities with new versions of its System Planner and Design Gateway software, part of the CR-8000 single and multi-board design solution. Zuken’s CR-8000 is the industry’s only next-generation product-centric design solution for creating complex product designs.

System Planner and Design Gateway – at the core of Zuken’s CR-8000 2D/3D single and multi-PCB and IC packaging design solution (which was introduced in 2011) – contain enhancements that allow teams of engineers to work concurrently on the same design, new checks to ensure integrity in hierarchical and system level designs, and enhanced generation of intelligent PDF data to aid design communication.

“CR-8000 is extremely intuitive to use,” says Ralf Huenting, Senior PCB Design Engineer at Elster, leaders in smart metering technology. “We recently formed a department to develop a new product with a multi-board design; selecting CR-8000 ensured we have the latest product design technology. We are implementing a successful migration from CR-5000, which we run in parallel with CR-8000,” he adds.

Concurrent design creation

Each System Planner module – known as Logical, Physical, Geometric and Parametric visionaries – can be opened by concurrent users. This allows multi-disciplinary development teams to work on the same design. Detailed circuits generated in System Planner are bi-directionally synchronized with Design Gateway. When a Design Gateway schematic is updated, for example, when reference designators are changed, the updates are reflected in System Planner’s visionaries.

Hierarchical visibility and design checks

Information on connections between hierarchy levels is readily available in the new Hierarchy Connection View browser. Design Gateway has several new checks to  detect connectivity errors across hierarchical and system level designs. Users can easily confirm connection consistency between block pins and their associated nets, hierarchical pins and their associated nets, signals routed through multiple boards, and net properties between multiple boards – detecting errors upfront in the process.

Intelligent PDF data supports teamwork

Design Gateway supports the generation of intelligent PDF data including bookmarks, item properties, and navigation of hierarchical designs within the PDF document. This provides detailed design information to system architects, PCB designers, manufacturers and others who may not have access to Design Gateway.

Block associated constraint information

Constraint information is directly associated with functional blocks within Design Gateway, enabling copying and editing of constraints on a block basis. Constraints can be managed at the block level and, more importantly, the constraints associated with reuse circuits are reusable.

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Caption: Easily capture, constrain, simulate and analyze single or multi -board schematics to ensure right-the-first-time designs For more information contact your local PR person:


Amy Clements, Zuken USA Inc., 238 Littleton RD, STE 100, Westford, MA 01886

Tel: 1 972-691-3284


Twitter: @ZukenAmericas

Northern & Southern Europe

Sally Wilkes, Zuken Ltd., 1500 Aztec West, Almondsbury, Bristol, BS32 4RF, UK

Tel: 44 (0)1454 207800


Twitter: @ZukenUK_SCAN


Dionne Hayman, Zuken Ltd., 1500 Aztec West, Almondsbury, Bristol, BS32 4RF, UK

Tel:          44 7980 797040


Twitter:     @ZukenUK_SCAN

Central Europe

Klaus Wiedemann, Zuken GmbH, Am SÖldnermoos 17, 85399 Hallbergmoos, Deutschland

Tel.: 49 89 607696-58


Twitter: @ZukenCentralEur About CR-8000

With a fully integrated design flow from initial planning through circuit engineering, physical layout and manufacturing output, CR-8000 is the only concept-to-manufacturing, native 2D and 3D, single and multi -board system design platform on the market. It was developed from the start to address the challenges of system-level design optimization, offering companies a competitive edge in their product design by supporting faster design turnaround and improved time-to-market. Base components include: System Planner, Design Gateway, Design Force and DFM Center.

About Zuken

Zuken is a global provider of leading-edge software and consulting services for electrical and electronic design and manufacturing. Founded in 1976, Zuken has the longest track record of technological innovation and financial stability in the electronic design automation (EDA) software industry. The company’s extensive experience, technological expertise and agility, combine to create world-class software solutions. Zuken’s transparent working practices and integrity in all aspects of business produce long-lasting and successful customer partnerships that make Zuken a reliable long-term business partner. Zuken is focused on being a long-term innovation and growth partner. The security of choosing Zuken is further reinforced by the company’s people—the foundation of Zuken’s success. Coming from a wide range of industry sectors, specializing in many different disciplines and advanced technologies, Zuken’s people relate to and understand each company’s unique requirements. For more information about the company and its products, visit

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