EDWinXP is an integration of tools that cover all stages of electronic design process, which include schematic capture, circuit simulation, PCB design and layout, generation of PCB manufacturing and testing documentation. It also provides the users with several verification and validation tools to check the integrity and correctness of the schematic and PCB layout design. One can use this suite to produce PCBs of several kinds including flexible PCBs, RF boards and multi-layer PCBs.
One of the most notable benefits of using this tool is that you can perform reverse engineering of designs. This means, project database can be completely reconstructed using full set of artworks in Gerber ASCII format or complicated PCB Outline. This is achieved through two stages. First stage involves import of graphic elements in artworks and distribution into relevant categories. As an example, the traces are distributed to Trace Master and pads to Padstock category. Next stage of reconstruction has several steps executed in a predefined sequence.
The inclusion of IPC-355 format for PCB assembly output and IPC-356A format for bare board testing allows PCB manufacturers to verify Gerber data against the design net list. This would assist in identifying several design flaws which might have resulted in unusable PCBs.
Fast, round the clock support by the company is another major benefit of using this software. This company is based in India and works very closely with its customers. The users can even give suggestions and influence the development of this tool by participating in the active discussion forums at company’s website.
The seamless integration of tools in EDWinXP makes it a bit complicated to start with but, once mastered, this package is easy to work with. Its graphical user interface (GUI) is simple to follow and allows easy shifting from one tool to the other in the package. The suite has following components integrated into the main software tool.
Schematic Editor. It is the front end of any PCB design for creating circuit diagrams using standard symbols and connections. Each component in the schematic has a label that displays parameters of that particular component. You can also modify or add other parameters or texts and notes to it. This captured schematic is automatically front annotated to layout mode by the tool. Schematic DXF Export option lets you export EDWinXP schematic graphics into AutoCAD DXF format.
Library Editor. EDWinXP library comes with a large collection of predefined graphical representations of standard components in both schematic and PCB layout view. The user can update, customise or enhance the components of the library using the Library Editor tool. The components also contain details like packaging information, thermal parameters and link to simulation modules.