SANTA CRUZ, Calif. Zuken isn't selling its Visula 7.0 PCB design suite to new customers, and is actively trying to get existing customers to migrate to its CR-5000 product but that didn't stop Zuken from announcing a significant upgrade to Visula 7.0 Tuesday (Nov. 30).
The Visula design suite has a long legacy that dates back to Zuken's 1994 acquisition of Racal-Redac. Even today, it has a number of users in Europe and the U.S., while Zuken's flagship CR-5000 product has had limited success outside of Japan, where Zuken is based.
It's not for lack of trying. A Zuken web site presents a number of arguments for migrating from Visula to the CR-5000, noting that the latter system is more technologically advanced than Visula, offers a more robust suite of tools, and is platform-independent.
Yet the web site also emphasizes that users will make the decision about when, or if, to migrate, and that Visula will continue to be supported. It presents a number of migration options.
Meanwhile, the Visula 7.0 upgrade includes ease-of-use improvements, an embedded place and route editor, an automated 45 degree routing function, and the Hot-Stage virtual prototyping tool. Hot-Stage, a component of the CR-5000 system, is a high-speed, constraint-driven virtual prototyping tool aimed at a "what if" analysis of design changes at the schematic stage.
"The enhancements to Visula 7.0 demonstrate Zuken's ongoing commitment to customers that use this established board design solution," the company's announcement states.