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Pulsonix Introduces 3D PCB Design Capability with its Version 10.0 Release

Tewkesbury, UK. September 3rd 2018 – WestDev Ltd. – the EDA (Electronic Design Automation) company delivering technology-leading PCB design solutions, announces the next level of progression in its Pulsonix product with the release of version 10.0. The latest release of Pulsonix expands its product portfolio with intelligent interactive editing within the 3D design environment. By enabling the co-design of the PCB within the 2D PCB and 3D environments, Pulsonix shortens the time to market with a more productive workflow and reduces costly errors. The new interactive 3D design environment is complimented by new interactive functionality enabling Dynamic Copper Pouring and shape healing. Automatic Pad Style Naming has also been introduced to ensure maximum efficiency for the user.


Interactive PCB & 3D Design Environment

Version 10 allows Mechanical enclosures to be integrated into the native Pulsonix 3D environment for modelling and critical clash detection. This tight integration alerts the engineer where items violate the rules defined. Once alerted, the offending item can then be moved directly from within the 3D Editor in Pulsonix and all changes automatically updated in the PCB design. With both the detection of physical collisions between enclosures and components, and the subsequent resolution to a legal state, Pulsonix allows engineers to design more intelligently and efficiently, without needing to continually request updates on component positions from their mechanical CAD colleagues, thus saving valuable design time. In today’s world of multi-disciplined facets and engineering demands, the new Pulsonix clash detection functionality significantly closes the gap between the electronics and the mechanical design environments.

New 3D Functionality Summary:

  • Import Mechanical enclosures into the Pulsonix 3D environment
  • Move components and enclosures in 3D Design
  • Adhere to design rules for movement and placement of components
  • Clash detection and resolution between Components and Enclosures

Dynamic Copper Pour

In addition to the 3D functionality, Pulsonix 10.0 also introduces the ability to dynamically repour copper areas during editing. This saves critical design time without the need to manually repour copper areas; instead, routing a track through the copper shape or moving a design item, such as a component or via, will automatically ‘heal’ the copper, all performed dynamically whilst obeying the design rules. With new zonal shape algorithms used in Pulsonix 10.0, only ‘damaged’ areas of copper are repaired making the healing much faster on large designs or designs with many complex poured areas.

Automatic Pad Naming Conventions

Style Naming Rules enable users in Pulsonix 10.0 to automatically comply to their company standards or with industry standard rules such as the IPC standard. A naming standard can be defined within a Technology file, this is then adhered to whenever a new style is created by the user. Although Style Naming rules can be applied to any item style, it is particularly useful for Pad Styles where the name requires a standard naming style applied to it, as would be the case for the IPC standard.

Download Pulsonix 10.0 Datasheet


The standard suites for Pulsonix provide a range of tools to help you start creating designs straight away. Choose a combined SCM/PCB product, or Schematic only option when your engineers all require Schematic capture capabilities.

SCHEMATIC CAPTURE LICENSE

  • License provides you with
  • Schematic Capture
  • Unlimited Pins
  • Unlimited flat sheets
  • Unlimited Hierarchical design
  • Design Variants
  • Export Netlist capability
  • Additional Options
  • Spice Simulation
  • PLM Interface
  • Database Connection

SCM / PCB DESIGN LICENSE

  • License provides you with
  • Schematic Capture
  • PCB Layout
  • Unlimited layers
  • Auto Router
  • Design Variants
  • Industry Standard Outputs
  • Additional Options
  • High-Speed Design
  • Advanced Technology
  • Advanced Autorouter
  • PLM Interface

Schematic Capture

Create clear and concise schematic drawings in this easy-to-use design environment. No tedious menus or commands to navigate with modeless operation and an intuitive user interface.
Multi-level Hierarchical Design:
Facilitating the re-use of commonly used circuit elements using pre-defined blocks.
Electrical Rules Checking:
Electrical rules checking Online as you design and as an interactive batch ensure your design rules are adhered to at all times during the circuit creation.
Instant Cross Probe:
Cross probe bi-directionally between your Schematic and PCB designs to ensure design accuracy and correctness.
All Schematic Capture Features

Integrated Spice Simulation

Fully integrated into the Pulsonix design environment, Pulsonix Spice is an advanced, mixed-mode simulation package that out-performs many of the other Spice tools on the market.
Advanced Waveform Analysis:
A comprehensive selection of analysis functions may be applied to plotted data. At the click of a mouse the RMS, rise and fall time, -3dB point or many other functions can be calculated and displayed alongside the graph legend.
Random Probing:
Pulsonix Spice includes post simulation random-probing. Following successful simulation, graphs of circuit voltages, currents and device powers can be created simply by clicking on a point on the schematic with the probe.
Watch Spice Simulation Features

PCB Layout Design

The Pulsonix PCB Design environment has been carefully designed to ensure maximum productivity from minimal engineer input time. A wide range of features from Rule Creation, Component placement, Routing modes and post processing capability allow for a critical reduction in your design time.
Import Filters:
The industry's largest import filters allowing you to retain your Intellectual Property for both Designs and Libraries.
Design Variants:
Complete assembly variants for your design requirements.
Push aside Routing:
Interactive push aside routing allows for easy routing on dense board layouts.
All PCB Design Features

High-Speed Design

Pulsonix supports a powerful set of constraint driven, rules based, interactive High-Speed design features. With the High-Speed features being driven from the Schematic, the design can be conceived and defined by the engineer during the early logical capture phase. All constraint rules are passed to the PCB design automatically.
Constraint Driven Design Rules:
Define critical High-Speed Design rules which must be obeyed in the layout stage.
Signal Paths:
Signal Paths enable you to create specific paths that require special consideration within the design, essential for DDR, USB and PCI Express designs.
Serpentine Routing: Interactive addition of lengths to traces using the design rules defined.
All High-Speed Design Features

Advanced Technology

Pulsonix provides advanced technology features for your modern design requirements.
Flexi-Rigid Design:
True Flexi-Rigid support through multi-spanned Layer Areas, Board Outlines, Board Cutouts and Layer Spanned components allow you to achieve your advanced design requirements with ease.
Support for burried Components:
It Supports for burried physical components on into cavities within layer substrate of the board.
Chip-On-Board Support:
It allows for creation and annotation of die & bond pads and bond wires automatically and interactively within the design.
True manufacturing outputs for your advanced technology usage: Critical checking, reporting and manufacturing outputs for designs using specialist technology.
All Advanced Technology Features

Pulsonix Vault

The Pulsonix Vault enables true revision and access controls over your Schematic Designs, Hierarchical Blocks, PCB Designs, Panels, Technology Files and Pulsonix Libraries.

This allows you to use known and verified data in a controlled manner, ensuring accuracy and reducing time to market by not needing to verify items each and every time you use them in your designs.

By its nature, the Pulsonix Vault leads to collaborative working by ensuring no two users can be accessing and amending the same data at the same time.
All Pulsonix Vault Features

Database Connection

The Pulsonix Data Connection ("PDC") enables instant access to corporate information systems for rapid identification and selection of components.

This enables you to carry out database-driven part selection and management inside the Pulsonix design environment where you need the information exactly where you need it.

All Database Connection Features

PLM Connection

The PLM product interface (or a middle-tier application between the PLM system and the various individual tools) allows access to documents and other design data in a controlled manner, so that all actions fit with the design flow defined by the PLM system. Each process or product requires its own PLM interface to enable the PLM tool's 'hooks' to access information within it.

All PLM Connection Features

Data Migration


The largest array of Import Filters of any EDA product, import Designs and Libraries from your current system into Pulsonix and retain your Intellectual Property


Available Import Formats

Vendor / Product Versions / Formats Supported Import Capability
Accel Accel Tango and Accel EDA products Designs and Libraries
Altium Altium DXP, Altium Designer Designs and Libraries
Ariadne All information Designs and Libraries
BoardMaker BoardMaker 1 & 2 Designs and Libraries
Cadence Allegro Designs and Libraries
Cadence OrCAD versions 9 to current Designs and Libraries
DesignSpark All Versions Projects, Designs and Libraries
DxDesigner DxDesigner Schematics SCM Designs and Libraries
Eagle Versions 4.09 to current Designs and Libraries
Easy-PC All Easy-PC for Windows Versions Projects, Designs and Libraries
EDIF 2.0.0 EDIF netlist format SCM Netlist import to Pulsonix PCB
EdWin Schematic and PCB designs Designs and Libraries
Gerber Gerber 274D & 274X formats Intelligent rebuild of designs into Pulsonix format
Integra Schematic and PCB designs Designs, Libraries and Projects
P-CAD Master Designer Designs and Libraries
P-CAD 2000-2006 formats Designs and Libraries
PADS Schematic and PCB designs Designs and Libraries
PCB Artist All Versions Projects, Designs and Libraries
Protel Protel 98, 99SE Designs, Libraries and Projects
Ultiboard Various 1-5 supported Designs and Libraries
Viewlogic SCM Schematic designs Designs and Libraries
Zuken Cadstar All Cadstar For Windows versions Designs and Libraries
Zuken Visula PCB PCB import using CADIF PCB Designs, Footprints and Parts
Zuken Visula SCM
(System Designer)
Schematic import SCM Designs, Schematic Symbols and Parts
using System Designer EDIF
Zuken CR5000 PCB import PCB Designs, Footprints and Parts using CADIF

Listed above are the Import Filters currently available. If you cannot see the product or format you are interested in, please contact us to discuss your requirements, as there may be an Import Filter in development or we may have other ways of transferring your data.