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In-Circuit Design Pty Ltd (ICD), Australia, developer of the ICD Stackup and PDN Planner software, has released the 2015 version of their popular software.
Impedance plots have been incorporated into this new release. “The impedance plots are simulated by multiple passes of the field solver (in the background) to create heads-up graphs of how to adjust the particular variables to achieve the target impedance.” said Barry Olney, CEO.
Further, with the addition of Panasonic Megtron 7 E-glass and Low Dk-glass (34MHz) the dielectric materials library has been increased to an impressive 16,700 ready-to-use materials up to 100GHz. There are also over 5,250 capacitors, derived from SPICE models, in the PDN library.
The IPC-2581B format, bi-directional interface has now been thoroughly tested by the IPC-2581 Consortium. “This new feature gives the ICD Stackup Planner the ability to import/export Cadence Allegro 16.6 and OrCAD 16.6 stackups and to import Altium Designer and Zuken CR-8000 & CR-5000 stackups” said Olney.
Existing support customers are advised to contact ICD to obtain download instructions for both the new software and the 2015 license server. Owners of a previous version may upgrade at an affordable price.
About In-Circuit Design Pty Ltd
In-Circuit Design Pty Ltd, based in Australia, developed the ICD Stackup and PDN Planner software, is a PCB Design Service Bureau and specialist in board level simulation. For further information or to download a free evaluation of the software, please go to www.icd.com.au
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