EPD Basic Design Suite (EPDB)

Tools for Substrate designers PCB, RF, Flex, Schematic, Bi-Direction Gerber and GDS, 3D tools, Advanced route and Documentation.

The EPD Basic Design Suite is an great starter to advanced-use design environment. The geometry engine puts the power of the most advanced CAD systems at the circuit designer's fingertips. For the first time, this package brings to the EDA world an unrivaled capability to successfully and intelligently layout the most complex designs, without compromises in accuracy.

Watch a Basic Video Demonstration for building an RF Design

Covers all of the design steps needed for a variety of PCB, Flex and RF technologies which includes:

Key Features:

  • Any component (whether active or passive) can be placed on any layer, facing up or down

  • Support for Inch, Mils, MM, CM, and Microns

  • No layer, pin, entity limits

  • Advanced pad stack editor that edits pad shapes quickly can create custom entities on any layer at any angle or X, Y offsets. It also controls net names, class names and attribute offsets on each pin.

  • Length tuning of net lengths using arcs, accordion or trombone tuners (includes phased-array design tools)

  • Automate the creation of complex embedded circuits, Dividers, couplers, spiral inductors, radial stubs.

  • Any footprint can be made with any shape using closed polyline boundaries.

  • Via peppering makes via arrays connecting identical plane nets, on multiple layers and automatically removes vias that would connect to the wrong net

  • Support for embedded components and circuits inside blocks

  • Full net list (LVS) and DRC checking functionality on any shape and at any hierarchical level

  • Creates coplanar ground shields with coplanar vias, even on arced entities automatically

  • Automatic placement of all ground ties on SMT parts, on all layers and nets with automatic tie segment / via reduction based on DRC results

  • Boundary ground planes with progressively filleted corners and variable individual gap control on every entity

  • Automatic placement of all ground ties on through hole parts, on all layers, with automatic tie spoke deletion based on DRC results

  • Split plane edges are automatically generated from simple easy to draw dividers

PCB Design Tools

The PCB layout environment is the heart of the Designer system. It natively supports all major features for PCB laminate circuit design technologies. The environment features an advanced Technology system, which is used to control and manipulate design rules, layering system, routing assignments, environment preferences, etc.

  • Large, parametrically controlled parts library through which an infinite number of components can be constructed

  • A dedicated suite of utilities allows construction of custom components with any imaginable geometry

  • Advanced routing tools including manual, interactive, and fully automatic modes

  • Custom entity system for customer-specific requirements

  • Advanced region modelers for the most advanced ground planes, including solid fill, hatched, positive, negative, and boundary fill planes

RF Design Tools:


The RF Layout environment features a comprehensive library of parametrically controlled standard RF elements. It provides the electrical intelligence to all custom element and component constructions.

  • Powerful boundary based geometry, or “anyshape” nets

  • Support for true RF miters and fillets with true arcs

  • Manual and automatic features for matched lengths, differential pairs, etc.

  • Automatic length tuning and matching


Schematic Design:

The Schematic design environment is a full featured, hierarchical schematic capture program that can communicate seamlessly with the PCB layout. The Schematic environment also features:

Flex Circuit layout:

The Flex Layout environment features include support for flex tape based designs, as well as rigid-flex combinations. It provides special step and repeat features for easy constructions of panels. The Flex environment also features:

  • Automatic and progressive teardrops

  • Custom coverlay openings

  • Timesaving utilities, such as automatic and progressive trace filleting

Advanced Routing:

The Advanced Route Module provides many advanced tuning, filleting, chamfering, progressive chamfering, neck downs, tapering and advanced trace editing commands.

  • Easy Differential Pair routing

  • Many types of length tuning.

  • Trace segment sliding.

  • Any angle advanced manual routing with on-line DRC, hugs objects and follows angles of originating pad

Manufacturing and Gerber Artwork outputs:

The system features powerful fabrication outputs, such as automatic drill tables, drill charts, NC drill files, and Laser control outputs. A number
of common tasks are completely automated by intelligent, parameter driven programs. The system also features:

  • Automatic soldermask openings

  • Automatic silkscreen generation and positioning

  • Automatic assembly drawings

  • Automatic equipment outputs to wirebond, pick and place, and epoxy dispense machines (Contact CDS to find out which machines are currently supported)

  • DWG, DXF

  • Powerful Gerber output


3D Modeling and Export: 


  • 3D visualization of design created as true 3D model

  • 3D modeling for accurate data output to mechanical and analysis systems

  • Subtract Vias and Holes from Substrate, Pads and Traces.

  • Create Cylindrical Holes and specify Hole Wall Thickness.

  • Industry standard outputs (ACIS, IGES, STEP)

  • True 3D solid creation, with exports to all popular MCAD systems through ACIS, IGES, STEP