Mentor Graphics vSure v9.0 DFM Tool

Mentor Graphics introduced vSure version 9.0, which is the successor to Valor Enterprise 3000 Design-for-Manufacturing (DFM) tool. vSure v9.0 enables designers to perform extensive DFM analysis during the PCB design process. This improves productivity, avoids costly design re-spins, and speeds the time to target high-volume production. The vSure product line integrates with both Mentor and non-Mentor PCB design solutions to address a worldwide market in all industry segments. The vSure release 9.0 tool is available now.

vSure Version 9.0 Highlights

  • A Manufacturing Risk Assessment interface that enables designers to quickly review DFM analysis results focusing on the most critical. Potential design problems can be filtered and sorted by various categories including severity, board location, padstack types, package or part numbers and features.
  • A Design Process Wizard to guide designers through the DFM process following a best practice sequence of steps from the import of design data to the viewing of analysis results. The wizard executes all actions in accordance with industry-tested practices to ensure a comprehensive analysis while reducing the need for a designer’s detailed manufacturing expertise.
  • Hierarchical and mathematical-based analysis-rules modeling that enables adjustment of analysis rules based on the technology, design center, processes or manufacturer’s capabilities. The need for complete re-definition of rule-sets when technologies change is eliminated. In addition, management of multiple rule-sets is supported, thus reducing setup time and potential analysis errors.
  • A significantly simplified user interface to improve the productivity of the designer while insuring a comprehensive DFM analysis process.

The vSure DFM tool can verify over 700 DFM manufacturing requirements on a PCB design during the development process, ensuring that the data transferred into manufacturing is ready for production engineers to perform bare board and assembly manufacturing without requiring design changes. The vSure product uses the same golden Valor Parts Library (VPL) used in the manufacturing environment to assure consistency between the checks performed by the designers and manufacturing engineers.

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