Cadence® Allegro® Design Entry CIS release 16.3 continues to boost productivity through new GUI updates, 3-D footprint viewing, a new auto-wire connection capability, and enhanced scripting with TCL/TK support. Allegro Design Entry CIS release 16.3 provides more control and visibility over the relational data from the CIS database.
Auto-Wiring: Allegro Design Entry CIS 16.3 now includes an auto-wiring feature that allows users to wire two or more pins or wires on a schematic page. With this new functionality, wiring between component pins is as simple as selecting a starting pin and a destination pin and letting the software add the connection - all automatically and quickly.
Design Navigation Improvements: In Allegro Design Entry CIS 16.3, users can create intersheet references on flat designs as well as simple or complex hierarchical designs. The design navigation now includes a signal navigation feature to navigate the connected signals on a design. Users can select and highlight the signals from the browse list.
User Interface Enhancements: Allegro Design Entry CIS 16.3 users can now change the color, line style, or line width of a wire or net; the color of a block; embed or link an object or image; and place elliptical arcs and multi-point bezier curves on schematic pages.
Allegro PCB Editor 3-D Footprint Viewer: The Allegro PCB Design 3-D Footprint viewer provides a three dimensional view of the footprint symbol of a selected part on the schematic or the part editor. Along with the footprint symbol, the viewer also displays pin numbers and pin names, and can be rotated to view different perspectives. A 3-D measure tool can be used to measure points in x, y, or z axis.
Scripting Support: Allegro Design Entry CIS 16.3 includes a TCL/TK scripting functionality that allows users to execute a command through a command prompt. The command can be stored and replayed later. This capability gives users more time to identify the type of script (set of steps) that is required for a specific task.
PCB Flow Enhancements: Allegro Design Entry CIS 16.3 now provides a new locking mechanism and warning filter to further enhance users’ PCB flow experience. The Object Locking feature allows users to temporarily lock an object on the schematic or board while cross-probing. The Output Warnings filter provides the option of ignoring numerous electrical constraints during PCB netlist creation.
Electrical Rules: The DRC check in Allegro Design Entry CIS 16.3 is now separated out between physical rules and electrical rules. This allows users to choose to run design checks from the available physical and/or electrical rules.
Check and Save: The new Check and Save option (available through the project manager file menu) allows users to run a DRC on the currently checked rules in the DRC dialog.
Power Pin Enhancements: Allegro Design Entry CIS 16.3 now includes a new Assign Power Pins command that allows users to select the power pins on the design they want to route and then set all the other power pins as NC pins.
Bill of Materials: With Allegro Design Entry CIS 16.3, users can now include relational fields in their Bill of Materials if there are defined relational fields in their CIS configuration.
Relational Data Report: When users include relational data in their reports, they can also choose the display format for this data. Relational data can be displayed horizontally (in the same row) or vertically (one line item per related data). The maximum number of related child items to output can also be specified.