Mentor Graphics announces three PCB CAD systems |

Mentor Graphics announces three PCB CAD systems

April 27, 2015 — Mentor Graphics announced three PADS family products, including Standard, Standard Plus and Professional, starting at $5,000 including support.

The products include:
•    PADS Standard – Schematic and PCB layout with starter parts library, part creation wizard and archive management priced at $5,000 USD including support.
•    PADS Standard Plus – PADS Standard, plus advanced constraint management, high-speed net constraints and routing, central library creation and management, HyperLynx -powered signal/thermal/analog simulation, and variants design priced at $10,000 USD including support.
•    PADS Professional – PADS Standard Plus, including Xpedition-powered technologies such as sketch routing, simultaneous 2D/3D layout, hierarchical placement planning, component and net explorers, manufacturing prep and design review/compare priced at $18,000 USD including support.

Technologies in the PADS products include:
•    Correct-by-construction methodology: Enabled by a common constraint management system used across the flow to support advanced high-speed topologies and design for manufacture, minimizing design cycle iterations by getting it right the first time.
•    Integrated, accurate, easy-to-use analysis and verification technology: Designers can virtually prototype their system powered by the HyperLynx product with signal/power integrity analysis, analog or thermal simulation and advanced full-board rule checks, minimizing expensive, time-consuming physical prototype cycles.
•    Highest performing, highest capacity layout environment: Leverages industry-leading technology powered by the Xpedition product for placement/planning, 2D/3D layout, dynamic power distribution design, and constraint-driven routing including the Sketch Router tool to tackle the most complex layouts.
•    Part library access: Engineers can use over 360,000 parts via PartQuest, a fully integrated website that also merges Digi-Key part numbers with symbols and footprints, reducing manual errors and saving time and cost.
•    Manufacturing preparation: Validation of the design for fabrication and test, and preparation for manufacturing hand-off and documentation.
•    Maintenance of data integrity: Management and archiving of different design revs, and simplification of reviews across the organization.