Zuken incorporates Würth Elektronik design for manufacturing rules into CADSTAR

Collaborating to raise the bar in PCB design

20 September 2012 – Munich and Niedernhall, Germany; and Westford, MA, USA – Zuken, a leader in PCB Systems and IC Package design and Würth Elektronik, Europe's leading manufacturer of PCBs, announce that design principles and layer stacks from Würth products will be incorporated into the next version of CADSTAR as part of a new collaboration that will help create higher quality PCB designs.

layer stack template as included in the next version of CADSTAR

By including Würth Elektronik’s latest design rules in CADSTAR, Zuken’s desktop powerful PCB design solution, the companies will optimize and simplify the PCB construction process, resulting in improved manufacturability and affordability.

Stefan Keller, Product Manager for HDI/Microvia at Würth Elektronik

Stefan Keller, Product Manager for HDI/Microvia at Würth Elektronik, said: "We’ve defined a shared set of design principles for PCB features such as layer stack-ups, route-widths, spacing and via sizes. By implementing them as templates in CADSTAR during the layout process, we can achieve significant benefits in reliability and efficiency for developers, designers and manufacturers. "

Communication increases reliability and efficiency

With PCB designs becoming more complicated and manufacturing costs squeezed, it is more important for PCB designers to communicate design details to their PCB manufacturers at an early stage. Ignoring this step can lead to unbalanced designs, inaccurate design data, increased costs and reduced reliability. Zuken and Würth Elektronik’s collaboration addresses this critical issue.

Jeroen Leinders, CADSTAR Distribution Manager at Zuken

Jeroen Leinders, CADSTAR Distribution Manager at Zuken, explains further: "The adverse effects of design data not defined with upfront manufacturer-driven rules occur mostly when designing complex, high-speed printed circuit boards. For impedance-controlled boards with fine pitch BGA components and HDI microvias, the layer structure must be designed with precision and specifications of both the components and PCB manufacturer must be considered."

Würth Elektronik’s design rules and layer structures will be incorporated into the latest version of CADSTAR as templates which can be applied during the layout process. They will be available for download from Zuken Global Support for all on-maintenance customers.

This collaboration also means that PCB designers can look forward to further design for manufacturing improvements in the future.

About Würth Elektronik Circuit Board Technology (CBT)

Würth Elektronik CBT is a leading PCB manufacturer in Europe and produces PCB systems ranging from standard PCBs, all the way to highly advanced special solutions. The comprehensive PCB portfolio includes double-sided and multilayer PCBs equipped with all common technologies and sophisticated circuit boards in HDI or flex-rigid models or with heatsink technology.

About the Würth Elektronik Group

Würth Elektronik CBT is a division of the Würth Elektronik Group, an international, independent subsidiary of the Würth Group. In addition to its own R&D projects, Würth Elektronik is also actively involved in numerous outside research communities such as GloveNet and TIPS. Würth Elektronik currently employs around 6,200 staff and generated sales in the amount of EUR 699 million in 2011.


CADSTAR is Zuken’s powerful PCB design solution, incorporating all the technologies and tools necessary for a complete electronic development process in one environment. From schematics, board- and FPGA-level system design, PCB layout, high-speed and signal integrity analysis, 3D, to manufacturing output. This solution is complemented by data management capabilities and extensive internet-accessible libraries containing more than 250,000 components. Its price-performance, coupled with a scalable design environment, provides total flexibility to engineers of small- to mid-size EDA development teams.

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 www.zuken.com.

Zuken Innovation World

Hear more about Würth Elektronik’s collaboration with Zuken at Zuken Innovation World conferences across Europe www.zuken.com/ziw