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The SPB16.3 release is now available (actually, it was available last week from the Cadence software downloads site at - http://downloads.cadence.com/).Where has the year gone! It seems like only yesterday I was blogging about all the cool new SPB16.2 features - and now the SPB16.3 release will add additional improvements and efficiencies to your design process.Over the next several weeks, I'll be writing about key new features available in this SPB16.3 release. You've seen my previous posts about the high level benefits and the SPB16.3 Virtual Conference, but now I'll focus on specific details. I'd like to hear which features that you've been waiting to see are the most important and useful for your design requirements and which features you'd like us to tune in future releases.Here are a few highlights:Allegro PCB Editor
Allegro PCB SI & RF SiP
Allegro Package Design & System In Package
Allegro Design Entry HDL
Allegro System Architect
Allegro Design Workbench
Allegro Design Entry CIS
Allegro AMS Simulator
I'm looking forward to your feedback!Jerry "GenPart" Grzenia
The Allegro Free viewer for the SPB16.3 release is now available!
Understood. As soon as the SPB16.3 Viewer is available, it will be posted.
The rest of my engineering staff need the 16.3 viewer Now to comment, and check routing in progress and for design review meetings. Need ASAP.
The SPB16.3 free viewer is not available for download just yet. When it is, you can use the Cadence Online Support Solution# 11250908 to locate it (www.cadence.com/.../Downloads.aspx)
If you have installed Allegro you can use the executable in Cadence_installation_directory/tools/pcb/bin/allegro_free_viewer.exe
Is there going to be a free 16.3 viewer available for download?
Glad you're loving SPB16.3! There are many productivity enhancements and new features to explore.
You can always visit Cadence Online Support for platform and operating system support policies. The SPB16.3 release will be the first supported release on Windows 7, but not until a few more weeks (March 2010). See this for more details - support.cadence.com/.../cos!ut/p/c5/dY1ZDoIwFEXXwgLIe8VS9RNJqrEOQdRCfwghiNJSBo3T6tUFeM_3ORcUfLH5_VLlt0trcwMJKJYRbx4SQXGKdMrQO_L1mopwhAEB-TNYhn8WIKSgxn8LkQdH2w7N92kPCdIsrrFb7uPR41W8V6SdXEXcbUhUCj4rDMNSchqm51O_q_XBNIX2-yKRj4hvqTK-OFnzLBWbx9J3By2fgw6wd-tV5TiwWbRNCZ22bz4JnA9vK_3U/dl3/d3/L2dBISEvZ0FBIS9nQSEh/
As for Windows XP, we don't have a discontinued date posted. See here for more details - support.cadence.com/.../cos!ut/p/c5/dYxbcoIwGIXX4gI6f4JJLI-UmYiJYC1eQl6YNIIKgWBvtq5eugDPeTvznQ80jO3Nz_lovs6-Nw4UaFbiYB5jSVCISMhQsONpSmQ8RREGAfro_PtI7v-_rEQPEiEoQM8eutYB7Hr_0Y2mDShEyrxBg9jk0-ufvS2xf_6U-ZDhdSX5i3UMVXtO4uJUX96iraLSKCE0paZ2_LtoXVc7ihumjelXzrb0cij4atwXyTxsxNImr9jGT5mNUhXa33YCWeK7CoY2r1N1ndwBRjFhKg!!/dl3/d3/L2dBISEvZ0FBIS9nQSEh/
I just installed 16.3, love it.
I am currently use Window XP, just wonder if Cadence will discontinue to support XP any time soon? Anybody use have Window 7 and using Cadence 16.3 at this time. If so, do you have any problem?
Good to hear your favorites about the 16.3 release. We're working on a similar "Find" capability (above and beyond Global Find) for DEHDL. For the non-electrical drawing capability in DEHDL, we suggest you use your favorite drawing package (Paintshop Pro, Paint, etc.) and then simply import the graphics into DEHDL. That way - you don't need to learn yet another drawing tool - just use what you like - and import it. Also, stay tuned for some of the items on your wish list - I know some are in planning.
16.3 is terrific! There's so much goodness in there that it's hard to pick just a few favorite features. It's like picking a favorite movie!
Here are my favorite new 16.3 features:
- Font support in DEHDL, although it's an overlay of the "actual" text
- Many problems in DEHDL with Windows Mode are now fixed
- Allegro gets Working Layer mode in all license tiers
- Allegro's Flip Design is very cool, especially since it's in the viewer
- The 3D Viewer in Allegro is OK, but needs more development (and STEP support in 16.4) to be useful as more than an "offshoot" to the main use of Allegro
- New Find Window in Capture is terrific - I'd love to have something similar in DEHDL and Allegro!
And I'm hoping to get:
- Free, cross-probing viewer such as PDF schematics <-> FREE Physical viewer
- Complete redesign of BOM-HDL and Variant Editor (possibly in 16.4??)
- Replace for Global Find in DEHDL with something useful
- A "sketching" feature in DEHDL for drawing non-electrical features like block diagrams
- Drastic UI overhaul to DEHDL, at least in Windows Mode
Good question. The SPB16.3 release should be the first SPB Windows release supporting the Windows 7 operating system. Look for a detailed announcement in early Q1 2010 about this. The existing releases (SPB16.2/SPB16.3) already are supported on Windows Vista.
Is this new version optimized for windows vista / windows 7?