CadStar PCB

CADSTAR PCB Design Editor
Initial releaseSept 1987; 34 years ago (Sept 1987)
Stable release
2018 / 1 April 2018; 4 years ago (2018-04-01)
Operating systemWindows, previously also DOS
Platform32-bit x86 PCs
Available inEnglish

CADSTAR is a Windows-based electronic design automation (EDA) software tool for designing and creating schematic diagrams and printed circuit boards (PCBs). It provides engineers with a tool for designing simple or complex, multilayer PCBs. CADSTAR spans schematic capture, variant management, placement, automatic and high-speed routing, signal integrity, power integrity, EMC analysis, design rule checks and production of manufacturing data.

Originally developed by U.K. PCB vendor Racal-Redac, CADSTAR has been part of the Zuken product portfolio since its acquisition in 1994.[1] The software is developed at Zuken's Technology Centre, ZTC in Bristol, United Kingdom.

The basic features of CADSTAR can be tested with the free version of CADSTAR Express [2] or Schematic and PCB files produced by CADSTAR can be reviewed using the free CADSTAR Design Viewer.


The first version of CADSTAR was released in 1988 running under DOS. CADSTAR for Windows 1.0 was released in March 1994. Since then, there has been about one major release per year.


CADSTAR contains many modules for specific uses such as:

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