TARGET 3001! is a CAD program for EDA and PCB design, developed
by Ing.-Buero Friedrich in Germany.
supports the design of electronic schematic
, and device front panels
. It runs under Windows OS and is
available in English, German and French.
A special branch of the program is ASIC
, which allows design of an integrated circuit
The free version (for non-commercial use) is limited to 250
two copper layers. The manufacturer PCB Pool provides a free
TARGET 3001! collects several facilities in one user interface. All
project information is stored in one file. Design begins with
creation of a schematic diagram and usually ends with the layout of
a PCB or chip.
Library components are important to all CAD programs. In TARGET
3001!, these are resistors
component management system (CMS) handles these parts, which are
stored in libraries. It also provides links to datasheets
and component supplier
In TARGET 3001!, a component is a schematic symbol and a footprint
pattern (to represent the package). Many
components provide simulation information and a 3-D model of the
A PSPICE-compatible mixed-mode facility allows circuit simulation
before a prototype is built.
Panasonic-TOYOTA (3rd in red) partly
being designed by TARGET 3001!
A predecessor of TARGET 3001! was "RULE", a DOS-based program for
PCB layout (1989). After hobbyists used this, there were calls for
a schematic tool and autorouter. In response, TARGET 2.1 (for
MS-DOS) was released in 1992. The move to Windows OS was difficult:
early versions of "TARGET V3 for Windows" were prone to crash. The
package became stable and more accepted among hobby, educational
and professional users.
Developments in versions V7 to V12 included an EMC tool and
-compatible simulation. The name TARGET
was changed to TARGET 2001!, but, as year 2001 approached, TARGET
3001! was registered as a trademark.
TARGET 3001! is used also by industrial designers. For example,
TOYOTA use it for all cable harnesses in their Formula 1 racing
car. TARGET 3001! PCB designs are found in helicopters, satellites
and jet engines. ASICs designed with TARGET 3001! can be found in
mobile telephones and precision measuring equipment. Recent
versions offer tools for front panel engraving and 3-D viewing to
give a realistic impression of a PCB before production.
Today, TARGET 3001! is one of the most popular PCB layout systems
in Germany. Readers of electronics magazine Elektor
voted it number two.