About CAD Design Software

CAD Design Software, a division of CAD Design Services, Inc. specializes in customized software that is tailored to each customers' specific needs. Founded in 1985 and incorporated in 1989, CDS develops EDA layout software to meet your design and manufacturing needs, software designed by designers for designers!

Our software is built on a modern updated platform therefore, the code is continually updated and optimized. This means that the latest technologies are always supported or implemented quickly. This kind of software system is also highly reliable, so real automation is possible with no workarounds. All of this adds up to a quick return on your investment, and with the increase in speed, you can get your products to market faster than your competition.

We also realize that you have a major investment in your processes and your tools. We look at how we can improve and optimize your process and system, not throw out what you have. We reduce design time by adding automation to your processes, at a lower cost of entry than traditional EDA tools. This helps you increase productivity and also improve cost avoidance. We not only offer full stand-alone EDA layout tools, but we also complement the tools you already have through system interoperability.

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Our EPD for Windows Design (EPDWIN) Suites and our Stand Alone software products; Automated Gerber / GDS Import and Export and Bondwire Exporter, uses the AutoCAD OEM graphic engine v2019 licensed from Tech Soft 3D Inc.

 The EPDWIN contains a set of standard design and drafting tools that will be similar to AutoCAD tools and are made for use with the design of layouts for the purpose in which the drafting tools are intended when purchased from CAD Design Software (e.g. design and layout tools for technologies such as PCBs, Ceramics, IC Packaging, Gerber export, etc.).

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CAD Design Software is an Authorized Developer of Autodesk®. CDS has been creating software for over 20 years using the AutoCAD® engine as the base graphics engine. Using LISP and ARX routines we call this intelligent design engine, Electronics Packaging Designer or EPD. This core design engine (EPD) is tailored for specific technologies and industries. The result is faster, more accurate designs than are possible with other "Design Automation" tools. Electronics Packaging Designer (EPD) is the best environment for all types of designs and layouts.

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CAD Design Software Key Selling Points

CAD Design Software uses 3D as a fundamental driving force behind all of its products. Most 3D-based engineering systems (Solidworks, Ansys, etc.) use either the ACIS or the ParaSolid 3D modeling engines. Use of either 3D modeling engine ensures that data can faithfully be reproduced and shared between Electrical CAD applications and Mechanical CAD applications. CAD Design Software leverages the ACIS engine to produce industry standard 3D models, and is currently the only Electrical CAD system that uses a 3D modeling engine.

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CDS Design Suite Solutions

CDS offers award-winning layout solutions for all circuit design technologies. Our three core markets are IC packaging, Hybrid / MCM / LTCC, and RF / Microwave. However, CDS also offers software solutions for many advanced, niche, and developing technologies.

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CDS Technology Solutions

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CDS History Past to Present

  • 1985 - CAD Design Services started as an RF/Microwave service company
    Major customers: Teledyne, Raytheon, Harmonic Lightwave, Endwave.

  • 1989 - CAD Design Software division (CDS) formed to develop circuit design software.

  • 1991 - CDS introduces GerbART (bi-directional Gerber Converter) later to be renamed to GerbARX.

  • 1992 - CDS introduces RF and Hybrid / MCM layout software

  • 1995 - CDS introduces IC Package Design Software

  • 1997 - CDS secures private funding and introduces Semiconductor Packaging Designer.

  • 1997 - CDS introduces mBGA™ Designer as result of partnership with Tessera Technology.

  • 1998 - CDS begins major market expansion into Japan and Asia

  • 2000  - CDS introduces Stacked Die Designer as result of a development partnership with Intel.

  • 2001 -  CDS introduces Signal Integrity system for IC package analysis

  • 2002 - CDS secures major private funding and introduces Advanced DRC and interfaces to ADS.

  • 2002 - CDS’ Hybrid / MCM Designer awarded 3rd place in Top Ten Developments in Ceramic Interconnect Technology by the Ceramic Interconnect Initiative (CII) at IMAPS 2002.

  • 2003 - CDS introduces Advanced MCM and intelligent interfaces to NI (formerly AWR Corporation) Microwave Office and Ansys products (HFSS, Q3D, SiWave).

  • 2004 - CDS introduces intelligent interfaces to CST Microwave Studio, Sonnet, and Valor ODB++ and begins major work to develop custom software applications for various companies.

  • 2005 - CDS’ Bondwire Optimizer (BWO) software awarded “Best New Product in Package Design Software & Equipment” at SemiconWest 2005 by Advanced Packaging.

  • 2006 - CDS is involved in major auto-router development project.

  • 2007 - CDS develops Lead Frame Intelligization and major routing commands including Push, Spread, and Plow, and Flip Chip route optimization.

  • 2008 - CDS introduces major LTCC design and manufacturing (CAM) system.  Developed with a major U.S. LTCC foundry, it reduces fab set up time from two weeks to less than a day, dramatically reducing design and fab times.

  • 2009 - Association with DuPont for LTCC Design Automation.

  • 2010 - Lead Frame Design Automation Including Routing Optimization and Gold Wire Cost Optimization.

  • 2011 - CAD Design Software and Cadence Design Systems, Inc. launch flow for Chip-Lead Frame-Board Co-Design.

  • 2012 - CAD Design Software releases EPD version 8.1.0 for compatibility with AutoCAD 2013. Includes new features for Lead Frame Technology and Links to Simulation programs Ansys HFSS and Q3D, .

  • 2014 - CAD Design Software release EPD version 8.2.0 for compatibility with AutoCAD 2015 and now is also compatible with BricsCAD for the first time.

  • 2015 - CAD Design Software advances software to generate bond wire machine language code for use with Hesse Mechatronics (formerly Hesse & Knipps, Inc.) 820 Bond wire machine. The EPD core engine Boolean algorithm is also enhanced to speed up 3x for boundary programs like MPOUR and MAKEEDGE to speed up time of running routines.

  • 2016 - Hesse Mechatronics Partners with CAD Design Software to develop proprietary software called Bond Wire Exporter for export to XML data file that contains wire bond information of polylines in a DXF/DWG file. This XML data file can be used with Hesse Mechatronics wire bonding machines that accept XML data format. This can be done on the Hesse Mechatronics Wire Bonders BJ820, BJ935 and BJ939.

  • 2017 - Major Update Release of EPD v8.2.233 with updated core engines for EPD Design Suites and GerbARX products and compatibility with BricsCAD 16-17 and AutoCAD 2017-2018. CDS develops 65 (sixty-five) Plug-In Apps based on many popular routines, polyline editing tools and 3D Fastener generators for use with Autodesk products; AutoCAD, AutoCAD Electrical, AutoCAD Mechanical, AutoCAD Architecture and AutoCAD Civil 3D versions 2013-2017.

  • 2018 - ODB++ Utility now full Bi-directional. ODB++ Utility imports/exports an intelligent design created in EPD (or imported into EPD environment) by using the design process from one of our Designer Suites or re-intelligized from DXF/DWG files. EPD2ODB Exports ODB++ for EPD design models, or DMASKS generations from Model or Layout tabs, or documentation layers from Model or Layout tabs while the ODB2EPD imports ODB++ data stored in a hierarchy of files or file folders that are compressed in format tgz into EPD.

  • 2019 - New 3rd Party Link that Imports Altium Designer® designs and parts into the EPD design environment. CAD Design Software signs a contract with TechSoft 3D to develop EPD software in the 2019 OEM stand-alone graphics engine for use with Windows.

  • 2020 - CAD Design Software develops major software code updates to EPD v8.2.278 on popular routines; DMASKS, Panelize, AutoDoc and ODB++ Utilities.

  • 2021 - CAD Design Software releases EPD v8.3 and Introduces 4 New Electronics Packaging Designer (EPD) Suites and 2 Break Out Programs ACAM for Gerber and GDS and Bond Wire Export that is Powered by AutoCAD 2019 OEM engine for Windows. EPD v8.3, GerBARX v8.3 and EPD Viewer v8.3 are also available for AutoCAD. CAD Design Software has discontinued support for the Bricsys-BricsCAD platform. New App Plugins for AutoCAD v3.0 are updated for AutoCAD 2018-2021. Discontinued support to 3rd Party Simulation programs; HFSS, Q3D, SIW, ADS, CST, National Instruments, Microwave Office and Microwave Studio.

  • ...and Beyond - CDS is committed to delivering a modern updated platform, deliver the latest tools for our design technologies plus implement new emerging technologies and provide a modern design software product.


CDS Customers

CDS is used by some of the largest and well-known names in the world:

  • Leading private and public companies

  • Government and Research laboratories

  • Military Suppliers

  • Universities

  • Training Facilities

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CDS Advantage

  • Superior graphics engine

  • CDS is written by experienced designers

  • CDS has established numerous partnerships

  • Open Architecture

  • Best Customer Support in the industry

  • Strong foundation for Concurrent Engineering

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CDS Technical Capability

  • Support for all technologies

  • ACIS-based 3D solid modeling

  • Flexible component libraries

  • Advanced design verification

  • Superior routing capability

  • High speed capability

  • Advanced region modelers

  • Documentation package

  • Advanced artwork generation

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