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Zuken Inc.
Type Public (TYO: 6947)
Founded 1976
Headquarters Yokohama, Japan
Key people Makoto Kaneko, CEO
Jinya Katsube, COO
Industry Engineering Consulting Services
Electronic Design Automation
Products CR-5000 System Designer
CR-5000 Board Designer
CR-5000 Lightning
Wire Harness Design
DFM Center
E³.series (Russian)
Employees 1,000

Zuken Inc. (株式会社図研 Kabushiki-gaisha Zuken ?) (TYO: 6947) is a Japanese multinational corporation, specializing in Engineering Consulting and Electronic design automation. The literal translation of zuken is "graphics laboratory." Established in 1976 at Yokohama, Japan, it is listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange; market capitalization is estimated as USD300 million as of March 2006.

Zuken's software is primarily used for designing printed circuit boards (PCBs) and Multi-Chip Modules, or MCMs. Zuken is one of three major EDA companies which specialize in PCB design software, the other two being Cadence Design Systems and Mentor Graphics.



  • CR-5000 - This is Zuken's flagship enterprise-wide PCB design solution platform for both analogue and digital PCB design. CR-5000 includes modules such as System Designer, Board Designer, Lightning, Package Predictor/Synthesizer. The program runs on both UNIX and Windows.
  • Wire Harness Design - This is the most recent addition to the Zuken family of products. It is a design tool that integrates with Catia to provide total solution for wire harness design. Modules include Cabling Designer, Harness Designer, Topology Designer, Simulation and Verifications.
  • Cadstar - A desktop software for producing schematic and PCB designs.
  • Visula - A proven enterprise-wide PCB design solution which is set to be migrated to CR-5000. CADIF, the proprietary exchange format for Visula, was designed in parallel with EDIF 3 0 0 and 4 0 0.
  • e-PLM - Zuken's Electronic Product Lifecycle Management tool.
  • 3D - A range of Electro-mechanical tools which link ECAD and MCAD tools. Board Modular is a standalone product for linking any ECAD tools to 3D MCAD tools. Electromechnical Designer is a CR-5000 product module and Cadstar 3D is an option of Cadstar pcb design tool.


  • 1976 Zuken Inc. Established.
  • 1978 Released "CREATE-2000"(CR-2000) for PC.(HP-1000 Platform)
  • 1983 Zuken America Inc.(Now, Zuken U.S. Inc.) Established.
  • 1985 Released Logic Design Workstation.(UNIX Platform)
  • 1988 Released CAD/CAM for PCB "CR-3000".(UNIX Platform)
  • 1991 Listed on Tokyo Stock Exchange Level-2.
  • 1992 Zuken Europe GmbH.(Germany) Established.
  • 1992 Zuken Korea Inc.(Seoul) Established.
  • 1992 Zuken Singapore Pte.Ltd. Established.
  • 1993 Zuken Inc. China(Beijing) Established.
  • 1994 Merged with Racal-Redac Ltd.
  • 1994 Listed on Tokyo Stock Exchange Level-1
  • 1994 Released CAD/CAM for PCB "CR-5000".(UNIX & PC Platform)
  • 1994 Released Data Management System "PDM-5000".
  • 1996 Realvision Inc. Established.
  • 2000 Merged with Incases Engineering GmbH.
  • 2000 Zuken Tecnomatix Inc. established.
  • 2001 Zuken NetWave Inc. established.
  • 2002 Zuken Shanghai Technical Center Co.,Ltd. established.
  • 2005 Zuken Taiwan Inc. established.
  • 2006 Acquired CIM-Team GmbH.


  • 1970 World's first interactive graphics PCB design system
  • 1984 World's first commercial IBM PC PCB design system
  • 1985 World's first gridless routing system - Bloodhound
  • 1996 World's first proven PLM solution for electronics companies
  • 1996 World's first physical hierarchical and concurrent design tools
  • 1998 World's first 3D electrical design solution
  • 1999 World's first "Free Angle" router for IC packages
  • 2000 World's first IC package synthesizer

See also

  • CR-5000, Zuken's flagship PCB design tool
  • Cadstar, Zuken's desktop PCB design solution
  • E³.series (Russian), CIM-Team/Zuken's Electrical, hydraulic and pneumatic design solution

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