AI powers Zuken’s place and route technology for CR-8000

Autonomous intelligent place and route technology introduces machine learning for new levels of PCB design efficiency and accuracy, said Zuken.
The Autonomous Intelligent Place and Route (AIPR) AI-assisted PCB design will be provided as part of Zuken’s CR-8000 PCB engineering and design platform. It will enable new levels of design efficiency and accuracy by harnessing machine learning, said Zuken
The AIPR will be comprised of a new routing engine called Smart Autorouter that leverages machine learning based on the Brain technology which will be introduced in three stages starting with the Basic Brain, which is available now. Future extensions are Dynamic Brain and Autonomous Brain.
The first stage, the Basic Brain revolutionises PCB design at the foundational stage by learning from Zuken’s library of design examples and existing design expertise. Seamlessly integrated into the robust CR-8000 platform, Basic Brain routes the design utilising the Smart Autorouter based on learned approaches and strategies.
In the second stage, Zuken’s Dynamic Brain will learn from newly created PCB designs, using past design examples and integrating them into AI algorithms. Combining customers’ best practices with AI insights will result in accelerated design iterations and notable enhancements in overall productivity, all within the framework of the CR-8000 platform.
The third and final stage, Autonomous Brain, is an AI-driven powerhouse in continuous learning mode. The Autonomous Brain’s capability to self-improve with each project will herald a new era of AI-driven innovation and is available exclusively within Zuken’s CR-8000 platform.
Kazuhiro Kariya, senior managing executive officer and CTO of Zuken, commented: “Our three-stage AI approach will empower designers with an enhanced toolkit within the CR-8000 platform, accelerating design cycles and unlocking new dimensions of creativity.”
Autonomous Intelligent Place and Route with Smart Autorouter and Basic Brain will be available in Q1 2024. The Dynamic Brain and Autonomous Brain products will be available in future releases.  

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