CST BOARDCHECK

Available from CST of America

CST BOARDCHECK™ (CST BC) checks PCB designs against a suite of EMC or SI rules. It reads popular board files from Cadence, Mentor Graphics, and Zuken as well as ODB++ (e.g. Altium). The kernel used by CST BC is the well-known software tool EMSAT.

The user can select nets and components that are critical for EMC, such as I/O nets, power/ground nets and decoupling capacitors, and CST BC relieves the tedium and removes the human error by examining each critical net in turn to check that it does not violate any of the selected EMC or SI design rules. After rule checking is completed, the EMC rule violations can be viewed graphically or as an HTML document.

Due to higher speed electronics in low-cost packages, the field of EMI/EMC compliance has become more important than ever before. The ‘old way’ consisting of best-guess design practices followed by the fixing of EMI problems after the product is built is no longer acceptable in today’s market place. Designs must be cost-effective and must pass regulatory requirements the first time through the design cycle. Manual checking of all the layers of today’s high-speed circuit boards is time-consuming and prone to human error. CST BC removes the human error by rigorously analyzing each tagged net and component against the selected rules.

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