SB200a Professional - Information only

Now replaced by Speedstack

SB200a Professional edition 

SB200a user  guide

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SB200a Viewer (v6 only) here

PolarCare  support:  screen / print

SB200a  FAQ

Materials Libraries

Materials partner program



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SB200a Professional edition 
Now supports and built in impedance goal seeking when used in conjunction with Si8000m or Si9000e.

SB8000 package includes both Si8000m and SB200 (more)
Controlled Impedance design and stackup

SB9000 package includes both Si9000e and SB200 (more)
Advanced PCB transmission line design and stackup

PCB Stackup design and documentation system. Generate complex multilayer stackups in minutes.Click picture for application

Stackup / Buildup viewer FREE licence
Stackup wizard
Fast stack creation

Clear concise documentation
Base material libraries (download)

Share material information

SB200a Version 6.0  includes:

New: Impedance goal seek
New: Customisable display and print
New: Stacked via support
New: Stacked microvia support
New: Enhanced thickness calculation
New: Enhanced rules check
New: Excess resin test
New: Traditional style stack document
New: Enhanced thickness calculation
New: Set board thickness specification
Link to Si8000m / Si9000e
Output to jpg
Saving impedance data in .sci file
Output to Gerber
Output to DXF
Support for Microvia
Material library import
Support for additional material types
10x faster than traditional methods

Exceptional ease of use

Now the Polar SB200a PCB Stackup and Construction Builder offers you a fast and professional solution to layer stackup creation.SB200a is both visually informative and easy to use whilst providing formal documentation for everyone involved in ensuring the correct materials are used in the build process.

Save time

PCB stackup documentation and control consumes an increasing amount of time for both interconnect designers and PCB front-end engineers. Layer build is shared using an easy to read standard format: .stk (Call it dot stack)

For fabricators:

Now you can document layer stackup rapidly and professionally. Share material types and key stackup related information both within your facility and with your clients.

For interconnect engineers:

At a glance viewing of layer stackup, now you can easily communicate and share information with your preferred fabricator.

For CAD department managers:

Are you managing multiple board vendors?  Or do you simply want an error free transition from prototype to volume quantity?  The SB200 bundles all the appropriate layer stack information in an easy to digest format.

For EEs:

Is PCB fabrication a "black art" to you?  The SB200 helps you share your requirements with your fabricator. (Or buyer) Thus helping to ensure that you can work with your fabricator to ensure you receive boards that are both as economic as possible, whilst meeting your desired specifications. Now linking to the Si9000e pcb transmission line design system you can also extract loss / rlgc / s-parameters for your proposed stack.

For buyers and brokers:

As a buyer, have you ever received a batch of boards, which appeared OK, only to find that after population the production engineers come back to you complaining, that a layer is swapped or the trace impedance is incorrect because of a layer stack problem?  Encouraging your engineering team to supply SB200 layer stack information files with the manufacturing data will minimise this type of unfortunate and costly mishap.  Sharing stackup with the SB200 simplifies communication between the originating engineering team and the supplier(s).

Clear stackup documentation
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Clear concise documentation

Share and document stackup information in a clear and consistent format. Material usage and graphical stack up views can be printed or shared electronically in a format that is easily read by both interconnect designer and fabricator.

Share material information
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Your materials:

PCB fabricators can build a library of commonly used materials and materials that are normally available from stock along with cost or performance information. Choosing the professional edition of the SB200 allows you to direct import your materials library in text delimited form. This information may be shared with interconnect designers. This means that designers can at a glance choose materials on a basis of cost / lead time / or performance.

Design rule checks

Design rules check:

Real time design rule check highlights, material mismatch, copper imbalance, RCC foils on inner layers and other design parameters.


System requirements

SB200a is developed with the latest tools and resources, and requires Microsoft .net framework compatibility.  Polar recommends that the SB200 is installed under Windows 2000 or Windows XP.  SB200 will also run under Windows 98 and Windows NT 4.0 however please first read the notes at the end of this section.



IBM PC compatible


1GHz Pentium minimum for SB200a 3GHz+ recommended or Athlon equivalent for use with SB200b and Si8000m

Operating system

Windows 2000, Windows XP - (preferred) Windows 98, Windows NT - (see notes)

System memory

512MB minimum recommended

Hard disk space required

150MB (min.)

Video standard

SVGA (1024 x 768 min.)

CDROM drive


Microsoft compatible

Link to Si8000 field solver

Requires Si8000m V5.00 and upwards.

Link to Si9000e Transmission line design system

Requires Si9000m V6.00 and upwards.

Important Notes: For installations on Windows NT4.0 and Windows 98:

Works on Windows 98 with IE5.01 plus latest security patches and hotfixes from Windows update.
Requires150MB HDU Space on Windows Drive.

If in doubt please contact your IT department before installing.

Windows NT 4.0 users need to install SP6a plus IE6 prior to installing the SB200.

Requires150MB HDU Space on Windows Drive.

If in doubt please contact your IT department before installing.

Important Notes: SB200 is developed with the latest Microsoft environment and requires Microsoft .NET framework

Test your PC for .NET installation

If this test passes you are ready to install SB200. If not please contact us and we will send you an installer which includes a copy of the .NET framework.

Contact Polar now:

USA / Canada 
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Ken Taylor 1 503 356 5270
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UK / Europe Neil Chamberlain +44 23 9226 9113
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