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PC-Board Design Solution Increases Scalability

Version 9.0 of the PADS printed-circuit board design solution adds new levels of functionality, scalability, and integration. With the scalable PADS 9.0 flow users can cost-effectively design their products, from standard to the industry’s most complex, highest-performance, and densest pc-boards. Functionality now integrated and available in the scalable flow includes the addition of manufacturing and collaboration tools, and the world’s most powerful thermal, signal, and power integrity analysis, as well as many core design entry and layout enhancements. A series of pre-configured suites is available to address designers’ most aggressive technology needs. A typical suite configuration includes: design entry, including DxDesigner, variant management, and data import/translators from competitors’ pcb design systems; HyperLynx pre- and post-layout signal integrity simulation, thermal analysis, and analog simulation; PADS Layout, with powerful auto-routing, high-speed rule adherence, unlimited database and layers, and design re-use; advanced manufacturing rules; and 3D Viewer and integration to multi-disciplined collaboration solutions. In addition to the many enhancements made to the core design entry and layout modules, the PADS 9.0 flow offers users the opportunity to seamlessly integrate many of the company’s advanced technology offerings. MENTOR GRAPHICS CORP., Wilsonville, OR. (503) 685-7000.


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