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XL Designer PCB CAD Software

Seetrax XL Designer logo Seetrax CAE Ltd's latest and most comprehensive offering in the integrated schematic capture and PCB layout field.

XL Designer is an advanced printed circuit board (PCB) layout design software solution suitable for the creation of large complex multilayer boards.

XL Designer has evolved from the very successful earlier Ranger PCB CAD products.

Boards may utilise blind and/or buried via hole technology, and individual power plane layers may be split into multiple zones to permit multiple power nets on each power plane layer.

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XL Designer Overview
Introduction

The Navigator pane displays all designs which are open, and provides rapid access to all of a design's resources, attributes and editing tools.

Multiple designs and editors can be open and used at the same time, allowing ease of data transfer.

Below the navigator pane are the Browser and Properties windows. These windows always display an image or the properties of the currently selected entity, allowing easy identification and selection of the correct item.

The image shows the PCB artwork and schematic editors of the same design open simultaneously.

For users with a multi-screen display setup, the artwork editor can be opened in an 'undocked' state and moved away from the main application window thus allowing for more efficient use of available screen area or multiple screens.

XL Designer Overview

XL Designer schematic view Schematic Capture

Hierarchical or flat (multi-sheet) schematics are designed with ease. Parts can be "dragged and dropped" from the easily accessible tray or from the master libraries. New parts which represent individual devices or further circuitry can be created from the schematic sheet.

Adding connections is easy, with orthogonal locking and snap to pin, tie dots being added as required. Buses are defined automatically; simply select the terminals required, then pull the bus into position.

The design engineer can control all aspects of critical connections from the schematic, to allow EMC checking in the artwork.

User-defined attributes can be assigned to pins, parts and connections in order to perform design rule checking, or to extract information such as bill of materials, simulator files, etc.

XL Designer parts/Wiring list editors Parts/Wiring list editors:

With the parts list open in the Navigator, selecting a part reveals it's full entry in the parts list, whilst also allowing the part to be found in the schematic or artwork editors.

XL Designer cross-probing

Once found, pop-up windows provide full information about the part, as shown above.

Icons within the pop-ups allow easy access to other editors where the part is used.

Libraries

Extensive device and footprint libraries are supplied which can be duplicated and/or modified quickly and easily.

As well as standard pad shapes, specialist pad shapes with multiple or offset drilled holes can be defined and added to the library.

XL Designer user-defined pads
XL Designer artwork design editor Board Layout

Once the schematic (or parts/wiring list) has been created, the board is ready to be designed. Parts can be positioned interactively or using the auto-placement routine. As parts are placed or moved, the connections stretch and automatically display the shortest path between connected pins. Gate & pin swapping can be performed with automatic back-annotation to the schematic diagram, as can part renumbering.

Once the parts have been placed on the board, the connections are ready to be routed with either our own auto-router or the optional integrated Electra or Specctra Auto-Routers. Critical signals can be hand routed and fixed in position to stop the auto-routers from removing them. The auto-router can be interrupted during its cycle and results saved or abandoned.

Manual track modification is easy with the on-line DRC and EMC to ensure your designs meet European emission standards.

Internal power planes, including split power planes are created automatically and can be displayed.

Outputs

A selection of outputs are provided as standard, including Gerber (RS-274X), NC Drilling and routing, DXF, ASCII, etc. An IDF 3.0 output is also available.

Batch files make life easier by saving common output requirements.

XL Designer split power plane sample
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