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Press Release – CAD Design Software Announces Release Version 8.1.0

New version 8.1.0 includes compatibility with AutoCAD 2013 and new OEM 2011 Engine.

May 08, 2012, Santa Clara, CA

CAD Design Software, Inc., a leader in integrating mechanical and electrical design tools, today announced the release of EPD version 8.1.0.

We are proud to introduce the completion of CAD Design Software’s latest version, 8.1. Many improvements have been made to the software: new features and capabilities; Eighty new commands; focus on Lead Frame Technologies (QFP, QFN); Design reuse (automatic intelligizing); Links to Cadence APD/SiP 16 and higher; Links to Ansys Simulation tools; Net checking improvements and enhancements; Multi-layer processing for Copper/Power Planes and Dielectric layers; Documentation updates; More robust EPD processing engine to handle large designs with high pin counts and nets; CAM processing tools (Panelizing, links to bondwire machines); Gerber processing and new time-saving functions, plus much more.

* A full list of updates and enhancements is available upon request.

One of the most significant changes is compatibility for the new Release of the AutoCAD 2013 (r19.0) graphic engine. EPD v8.1 is compatible with AutoCAD 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 for 32 Bit and 64 Bit versions. EPD v8.1 is not supported for AutoCAD 2006 and earlier.

*EPD v8.1 for Windows (OEM) inow compiled using the 2011 Graphic engine.

*GerbARX 8.1 Stand-Alone version now available for AutoCAD and Windows.

*GDS 8.1 Stand-Alone version now available for AutoCAD and Windows.

EPD 8.0 Beta Users - The Beta versions of 8.0 (EPD, GerbARX, GDS) will no longer be supported after the release of 8.1. Live Updates will no longer be posted for 8.0 Beta software. All Beta 8.0 Users must upgrade to Release 8.1.

For all current customers, a new license file will be required. The new 8.1 release is not an Upgrade. EPD v8.1 will install in a new directory and create a new profile. It will not affect your current version.

About CAD Design Software
CAD Design Software’s Electronics Packaging Designer (EPD) AutoCAD® based software suites are tailored to applications such as PCB, Flex, Lead Frame, Ceramic (Hybrid/MCM/ LTCC/Thick Film/Thin Film), RF/Microwave, IC Packaging, IC Test, CAM and other design technologies. CAD Design Software, a subsidiary of CAD Design Services, Inc. is a privately held company, headquartered in Santa Clara, Calif., with distributors, sales offices and design centers around the world to serve the global electronics industry. More information about the company, its products, and services is available at


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