EDWinXP 1.71 released! We had come with myriad features, which may help you in complex designs. This is our “midterm” release and a bonus to all EDWinXP users, who upgraded or purchased version 1.70. Users of version 1.70 will get this upgraded by simply executing Live Update.
EDWinXP 1.71 suite comprise of Schematic Editor, Simulators – Mixed Mode Simulator and SPICE based simulator EDSpice, PCB Layout Editor – Create the PCB Layout, Fabrication Manager – generate Manufacturing output files for Photoplotter, NC Drill etc. Thermal Analyzer – check for hotspots on the board, Electromagnetic Analyzer (with Signal Integrity and Field analyzer) – check for electromagnetic effects on the board, 28,000 + Library Components and Library Editor for library component creation. Other modules are 8051, PIC, AVR and Motorola microcontroller kit, VHDL/Truth Table to diagram converter , 3D IDF file viewer, Filter Designer, ODB++ export and import etc.
What’s New in EDWinXP 1.71
EDWinXP 1.71 is our “midterm” release. It is a bonus to all EDWinXP users, who upgraded or purchased version 1.70. Users of version 1.70 will get it upgraded to 1.71 simply by executing Live Update.
As such, we have not implemented any major changes in the package. Nevertheless, quite a few useful features are added. Several already existing features have been improved. We have also used this opportunity to correct all reported issues.
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In accordance with our practice applied in previous releases, we have selected improvements for 1.71 basing on suggestions collected from EDWinXP users. Of course, not all received suggestions could have been implemented yet. From remaining suggestions, those that we see as feasible for implementation are in the pipeline and shall be addressed in future releases.
EDWinXP – Features
Schematic Editor : Schematic Editor is the front end for any PCB design application. The function of this editor is to create a schematic diagram of the circuit. The created circuit is in the form of a logical diagram where components are placed using the Library Browser or Library Explorer. Analysis is an important part of any design process. EDWinXP provides two types of simulators one is Mixed Mode Simulator and other is EDSpice Simulator.
Layout Editor : In EDWinXP,the design can be captured either in Schematic Editor or directly in Layout Editor. In the former case, the design is front annotated to the Layout Editor and in the latter case it is back annotated to Schematic Editor. EDWinXP also allows beginning layout without a pre-existing schematic. There are two board level Simulators in EDWinXP, Thermal Analyzer and Electromagnetic Analyzer. The Signal Integrity Analyzer examines the probable distortion of high-speed signals as they pass through traces on the PCB. The Field Analyzer is a tool for studying the electromagnetic fields that are created when power and/or signal traces on the board are energized. The concept of 3-Dimension has been incorporated into Layout Editor to get a 3D view of the designed board.
Fabrication Manager: The major fabrication tasks involved in PCB design are – Optional creation of Copper Planes and Copper Pour Areas, Adding dimensions and notes, Printing layout documentation drawings, Extracting NC-drill data to disk files or paper tape, Editing, Dimensioning and printing of drill templates, Editing and printing of layer artworks, Generation of artwork data files in Gerber ASCII format, Preview of artworks in Gerber ASCII files, Generation of disk files containing generic data for Pick & place machines, Generation of disk files containing bill of materials.
Library Manager : Library Browser is provided to browse library elements (Parts/ Symbols/ Packages/ Padstack) from the available libraries. These items in the searched list may be placed on the schematic/ layout by either of the two ways, Drag and Drop components or right click and send to Schematic or Layout. Library Explorer provides user with the list of libraries available at the system specified path. To add new components or to edit components supplied with EDWinXP Library Editor can be used.The concept of 3-Dimension which has been incorporated into Library Editor allows editing packages and cabinets. Tools have been provided to assist the user view the board and package from various directions and from different angles.