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  • PCB Layout

    Proteus PCB Design Packages

    Proteus PCB design combines the ISIS schematic capture and ARES PCB layout programs to provide a powerful, integrated and easy to use suite of tools for professional PCB Design..

    All Proteus PCB design products include an integrated shape based autorouter and a basic SPICE simulation capability as standard. More advanced routing modes are included in Proteus PCB Design Level 2 and higher whilst simulation capabilities can be enhanced by purchasing the Advanced Simulation option and/or micro-controller simulation capabilities.

    The products are offered at a number of levels which offer increasing levels of functionality and design capacity:

    "PCB design is our business. We review PCB layout software on an ongoing basis and Labcenter has topped the list for the last 10 years. Certainly the most productive and very, very affordable. We have licences for other very expensive products but they don't get much use."

    Customer Testimonial - Don Alan Pty Ltd

    Product Summary

    Feature Starter Kit Level 1 / 1+ Level 2 / 2+ Level 3
    Professional Schematic Capture module Yes Yes Yes Yes
    Professional PCB Layout module Yes Yes Yes Yes
    Hardware Accelerated Display Technology Yes Yes Yes Yes
    Basic Simulation Yes Yes Yes Yes
    Max. Number of Pins1 In Netlist 500 1000 / 2000 1000 / 2000 Unlimited
    Shape-based Power Planes2 1 Per Layer 1 Per Layer Unlimited Unlimited
    Global Shape Based Autorouting Yes Yes Yes Yes
    External Autorouter Interface3 Yes Yes Yes Yes
    Custom Scripted Autorouting Yes Yes
    Command Driven Interactive Autorouting Yes Yes
    3D Board Visualisation Yes Yes
    ODB++ Manufacturing Output Yes Yes
    Gate-Swap Optimizer Yes Yes
    Board Autoplacement Yes Yes
    1 Pins refers to a physical pin in the netlist. Terminals and vias do not count towards your limit!
    2 In the Starter and Level 1/1+ power planes must cover and entire layer (board edge to edge) and cut-outs are not allowed.
    3 Provides a standard 'design file out / session file in' interface for most common external autorouters.

    Proteus Professional Starter Kit

    • Full feature ISIS schematic capture with support for hierarchical design, bus pins, configurable bill of materials and much, much more.
    • Netlist based ARES PCB layout with support of up to 16 copper layers, 10nm resolution, any angle component placement, full electrical and physical design rule checks and much more.
    • Standard version of our integrated shape based auto-router (fully automated routing only)
    • External Autorouter Interface - allows export and import of designs (in the most common format) to/from a dedicated external Autorouter.
    • Support for one shaped based ground plane per layer.
    • Component libraries containing over 10000 schematic parts and 1500 PCB footprints.
    • Includes ProSPICE mixed mode simulator with 8000 models and 12 virtual instruments.
    • 500 pin capacity for PCB design.

    Please note that the Starter Kit is limited to netlists of 500 physical pins and does not support automatic component placement, gate-swap optimization, partial power planes (including cut-outs), 3d Visualisation, ODB++ Output or the advanced routing modes. These features are only available in Level 2 and above.

    Proteus PCB Design Level 1 and Level 1+

    These products offer exactly the same functionality as the Starter Kit but offer more realistic design capacities of 1000 or 2000 pins.

    • Full feature ISIS schematic capture with support for hierarchical design, bus pins, configurable bill of materials and much, much more.
    • Netlist based ARES PCB layout with support of up to 16 copper layers, 10nm resolution, any angle component placement, full electrical and physical design rule checks and much more.
    • Standard version of our integrated shape based auto-router (fully automated routing only).
    • External Autorouter Interface - allows export and import of designs (in the most common format) to/from a dedicated external Autorouter.
    • Support for one shaped based ground plane per layer.
    • Component libraries containing over 10000 schematic parts and 1500 PCB footprints.
    • Includes ProSPICE mixed mode simulator with 6000 models and 12virtual instruments.
    • 1000 pin capacity in Level 1; 2000 pin capacity in Level 1+.

    Please note that Level 1/1+ is limited to netlists of 1000/2000 physical pins and does not support automatic component placement, gate-swap optimization, partial power planes (including cut-outs), 3d Visualisation, ODB++ Output or the advanced routing modes. These features are only available in Level 2 and above.

    Proteus PCB Design Level 2 and Level 2+

    These products are restricted in terms of pin count only, and same set of features as the top of the range Level 3. Extra functionality over Level 1 includes:

    • Automatic component placement - this tool will automatic place the component specified in the netlist onto the board.
    • Ability to run the integrated shape based router in interactive mode (partial routing, fanout control, etc.) or by loading custom scripts.
    • 3D Visualisation of the current board including navigation and user application of 3D data to footprints.
    • The ability to export your layouts using the ODB++ CAD/CAM data exchange format.
    • Unlimited shape based power planes per layer.
    • Automatic gateswap optimization.
    • 1000 pin capacity in Level2; 2000 pin capacity in Level 2+

    Proteus PCB Design Level 3

    This is the top of the range package and offers all system features as above plus unlimited design capacity.