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Frontline InStack Design is an industry-proven software solution that enables you to design the most challenging stackups in minutes, taking all mechanical and SI constraints into account.
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Watch this interview with Ben Quarles, Frontline’s software solutions business manager for North America, on how designers can get their stackups right the first time.
The Job Manager groups together basic job planning tools – buildup formation, process tree generation, drill and rout data entry, embedded component design, and order specs – making it a starting point and a solid reference point for designers.
Create manufacturable stackups early in the design process, even at the pre-layout phase. Compare with reference stackups to ensure accuracy, and quickly view the stackup image. Use accurate spacing and pitch selection tools to precisely plan your routing resources and select the correct number of layers before you begin routing. Use the Automatic Stackup Wizard to generate stackups and update the list of materials required for high layer count and impedance controlled boards, both symmetrical and non-symmetrical.
To manage your company's engineering and design knowledge and data, and to configure Frontline InStack Design according to your planning and manufacturing environments, Frontline InStack Design offers the following library subsystems:
Only you can make the right tradeoffs between signal integrity, reliability, cost and complexity. Simulate your real stackup as you create it and make sure all your SI and layout needs are met. Then send the stackup to your fabricator for immediate manufacturing. Modify a stackup provided by your fab house to meet your needs or adapt it for use as a prototype for other fabricators, while maintaining the crucial properties of the board.
Send stackups between Frontline InStack Design and Frontline InPlan and facilitate the ideal collaborative flow between designers and fabricators. Design stackups with fabricator-specific materials, so a job can be completed in one pass. If changes need to be made, the fabricator job can be sent back to the designer completely electronically.
Stackup and impedance designers can achieve in minutes what previously took experts hours of work. Whether using automatic or manual stackup design, Frontline InStack Design ensures that all zone thickness and impedance calculations are up to date. Frontline InStack Design delivers the most cost-effective stackup solutions while meeting all design rules.
Reduce pre-production revision spins, shorten lead-time and improve quality by generating precise stackup designs that consider design rules, resin starvation checks and supplier process rules. Use your fabricator’s materials library to ensure that designs can be manufactured within allowed tolerances. Automatically apply pressing rules and copper etching factors to match your PCB supplier's process rules.
Frontline InStack Design is the leading tool your fabricators use to manufacture your boards. When you design with Frontline InStack Design you can be sure your stackup is manufacturable. Frontline InStack Design brings fabrication know-how to you.
Automatically create professional, detailed stackup reports for your fab no matter what tool they are using. Exchange your designs electronically with fabs using Frontline InStack for Fabricators software, ensuring that accurate stackup and impedance information is shared throughout the supply chain.
Create complex designs with automatic multi-zone buildup creation and advanced buildup editing tools, including air gap formation between flex clads, adding stiffeners and other accessories, and placing rigid and flex materials side by side. Use the Flex Buildup Editor to define zones for copper layers, masks, drills and materials, and to add and define coverlays, stiffeners and other accessory materials. Frontline InStack Design also supports crosshatch layers and EMI shielding.
All stackups are stored in Frontline InStack Design’s revision-controlled database enabling operators to track changes between revisions and compare revisions and/or jobs. Derivative stackup design becomes a simple task as you can quickly search for similar stackups, duplicate the existing stackup, and modify the stackup and impedance in just minutes.
Use Frontline InSolver – Frontline InStack Design’s built-in impedance solver – to automatically calculate impedance. Frontline InStack Design’s easy-to-use interface lets you create multiple impedance constraints on each layer and select any layer or conductive material as reference layers per constraint. As stackup materials are selected, Frontline InStack Design automatically calculates copper and dielectric thicknesses and optimizes the trace widths to meet the impedance requirements. In addition, Frontline InStack Design can accurately model dielectric, resistive and total attenuation for a range of frequencies, enabling you to select the most cost-effective material set to meet your performance requirements.
Frontline InStack Design shows you a detailed visualization of how your board will be built that includes all sub-assemblies and processes.