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What's New in PCB Designer 17.2-2016

Rigid Flex (PCB Designer Professional only)

- Stack up by zone
The new feature improves MCAD-ECAD co-design and provides faster, easier definition of stack-ups for rigid-flex rigid designs.

- Inter design layer checks
The new inter layer functionality provides ability to check geometries between two different class/ subclasses for flex and rigid flex designs.

- Arc routing
A new prototype feature to provide more efficient method to add routing during Add Connect by following an existing connect line or a route keep-in.

Cross section editor
Redesigned Cross Section Editor based on the spreadsheet technology found in Constraint Manager to provide one stop shop for features requiring cross section for their setup.

New padstack editor
Introducing modern user interface for convenient padstack creation with addition of new geometries and support for counter-bore/ counter-sink definitions and several new drill features.

Shape Edit Application Mode
Introducing new functionality that is a fine tuning editing environment to increase efficiency with shape boundary editing and simplifying actions such as sliding a shape edge or adding a notch etc.

Color and Visibility enhancements
The Color Dialog box has been enhanced for better efficiency and ease of use for designers and the Visibility pane now provides access and control over layers other than the conductor layers.

64 Bit Support
Now available support for 64 bit OS with increase in memory size from 4GB to 18 Quintillion and support for Database sizes upto 3GB.

Display segment over voids (PCB Designer Professional only)
A new command Segment Over Voids detects cline segments crossing adjacent plane layer voids.

Spread Line between Voids (PCB Designer Professional only)
New command to provide semi-automatic solution to spread channel based clines with respect to adjacent plane layer voids.

Via2Via Line Fattening
Users can increase line width between vias based on their definition of edge to edge clearance by using the “Line fattening” utility.

Contour routing
Now available in both single and multi-routing modes, contour hugging locks the current route to either the route keepin or adjacent cline.

Group routing
User can now perform group routing by window selecting around a group of objects(Clines, Vias, Pins, Rats) and be able to change the control trace from its initial location to user defined and go into single trace mode to complete routes.

Gloss Commands
Richer set of gloss commands like Eliminate Vias, Convert corners to ARC, Fillet and Taper traces and many more now available in OrCAD PCB Designer.

Differential Pair Routing and DRC
Users can now define physical and electrical rules for Differential pairs complemented by routing support.

Layer Set DRC and Routing
The new layer set functionality insures layer constrained nets are routed to wiring requirements by ‘locking routes’ to within the appropriate layer set(s) for the net based objects.

Performance enhancements
Overall, more gains in performance for CPU intensive applications.

Video Library

Enhanced Flex & Rigid-Flex technologies

New padstack editor

Display segements over voids

Via2Via line flattening

Layer set DRC & routing

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