EMC Design Rule Checkers
EMC design rule checkers provide an automated method for reviewing circuit board layouts to ensure that certain EMC design guidelines have been adhered to. Most design rules require information about component placement, trace routing and the signals on each trace. All of the rule checkers listed here are capable of reading board layout files to automatically obtain trace routing information. Information about the components and signals is obtained by one or more of the following methods:
LearnEMC does not endorse any specific design rule checking software; however the following products (listed alphabetically) all have the ability to apply built-in and user-defined design guidelines to a variety of printed circuit board layouts.
CST BOARDCHECK is an EMC and SI rule checking program that reads popular board files from Cadence, Mentor Graphics, and Zuken as well as ODB++ (e.g. Altium) files and checks the PCB design against a suite of EMC or SI rules. The kernel used by CST BOARDCHECK is the well known software tool EMSAT originally developed by IBM.
EMC design rule checking software running under Windows that reads Allegro, Protel, Board Station and other board layout files. Nets are manually assigned properties in a spreadsheet environment.
Lightning EMC provides EMC design rule checking capability within the Zuken CR-5000 board development environment. Because the environment already has information on the nets and their signals, it is not necessary to manually identify most types of nets. This product cannot be run as a stand-alone rule checker.