Components

You can add a component by selecting it from a library. Enter data particular to your application such as reference designator, component location, power dissipation, etc. Alternatively, PCAnalyze has the ability to import component and board data that has been exported from any ECAD system via Intermediate Data Format (IDF) "universal" files. IDF files are used for exchanging data between electrical and mechanical/thermal CAD/CAE systems for use in design and analysis of printed wiring assemblies and are supported by most ECAD systems. The advantage of importing data using IDF files is the huge time savings that can be realized over creating a thermal model manually. Nearly complete thermal models can automatically generated and imported into PCAnalyze within seconds.

Components

PCAnalyze ™ employs a concept of user created and maintained component libraries. Libraries are small databases that contain the physical characteristics of components that are required for a thermal analysis. These include such items as component size, lead length, thermal capacitance (if transient analysis is anticipated).

You can create as many libraries as you wish. As examples, you could maintain libraries differentiated by component type or board type. Once created, they can be updated, added to, or deleted from.