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Pulsonix PCB design tools release 11.0 offers outstanding new performance enhancements


Visit our web site and see how Pulsonix can deliver a cost-effective and highly productive PCB design solution. Showcasing V11.0, this exciting new release delivers enhanced performance with the use of multi-threading technology maximising your PCs core parallel processing capabilities. Where large designs require extra number crunching in routines such as Design Rules Checking (DRC), Copper Pouring, Net optimisation, and Gerber file generation, speed increases of up to 70% have been achieved.  One customer reported “DRC with enabled multi-threading can be more than four times faster than in the previous Pulsonix version. That saves a lot of time when running DRC for big designs.  We’ve also seen that a copper pour can be more than 3 times faster for complex high-speed designs with many ground layers.

A new graphics engine utilises standard DirectX graphics and high-performance graphics cards such as those used in the gaming industry to significantly improve redraw speed. High-speed design is improved with the inclusion of back drilling and differential pair rules to create multiple and complex pairs automatically. The import of IPC-2581 and CSV format files from external sources means that complex verified layer stacks can be impedance calculated, optimised, and then imported into Pulsonix, ready for use. New Creepage rules define, calculate, and identify track paths for critical nets such as those used in medical devices and high-voltage designs.

The Pulsonix suite of tools is developed by WestDev Ltd., a certified developer under the Microsoft® Development Partner (MSD) program with decades of experience in the PCB design industry. Pulsonix release 11.0 is just another example of how WestDev uses the very latest software writing techniques in graphics and data handling to provide best-in-class tools. One Pulsonix customer expressed his satisfaction this way, “We estimate that Pulsonix PCB Design Tools have improved our efficiency in the electronic design department over the original Mentor system by approximately 50%, and as a result we are now much better positioned to achieve the development targets set by the company.

Release 11.0 builds on a solid foundation offering full-featured schematic capture and PCB design tools that are both easy to use for the novice and fully capable for the experienced PBC designer.  Here are just a few of the more advanced features in Pulsonix.


  • Interactive 3D Design – The powerful 3D engine within Pulsonix merges PCB and mechanical design giving the designer a digital prototype of both electrical and mechanical components. Designers can visually and automatically check for critical clashes between components and enclosures in accordance with the design rules defined.  Any positional changes within the 3D environment are synchronized automatically to the PCB, which significantly aids in the placement of critical components when they are to be fitted into a space-restricted mechanical body.
  • Dynamic Length Tuning – Part of the High-speed Design package, dynamic length tuning gives the designer control over how and where to add additional length to critical nets to satisfy design rules. Length can be added as trombone, octagonal, sawtooth, or curved tracks, and the added length can be set to fit in an area or push tracks as necessary to fit.  Achieving proper length is easy with the heads-up display that dynamically shows the current length and rules as you add and remove track length.
  • Copper Pour Healing – Many designs today require at least one copper pour, and most professional tools provide this feature. More advanced tools like Pulsonix offer the ability to place, route, and edit within the copper pour while maintaining the integrity of the copper pour.  Pulsonix does this by automatically repouring a template when moving or editing an item within the pour area whilst obeying all design rules.  The healing is smart in that it only repours the affected area, which makes for a fast, natural, and intuitive editing process.
  • Advanced Technology – Create span layers within your design to enable internal, rigid-flex layers. Create special chip-on-board components which can have their dies interactively moved during layout.  This can even be to a different layer to which the bond pad is placed.  Cavities or windows within a board can be created using areas.  These allow a physical component to be visible from the outside but be placed on an inner, embedded layer.

Pulsonix includes a range of accurate import filters for all EDA tools, enabling you to import your old designs and migrate to Pulsonix with 100% confidence that your IP will be retained with virtually no reworking.

Visit and see how Pulsonix can help you design more efficiently.

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