Mentor Graphics announced version 9.5 of their PADS desktop PCB design solution. PADS enables engineers and design teams to develop PCBs within a highly productive and easy-to-use environment. PADS is ideal for schematic entry, analog design, signal and power integrity, thermal analysis, and PCB layout-to-manufacturing preparation.
The new PADS release features usability enhancements, GUI improvements in DxDesigner, interactive routing updates, and availability in Simplified Chinese language. The scalable PADS 9.5 flow enables designers to cost-effectively design products, from standard PCBs to the industry’s most complex, highest performance, and densest PCBs.
PADS has expanded its international language support. DxDesigner and PADS Layout menus, dialog boxes, and Evaluation Guide are now available in Simplified Chinese. The PADS and DxDesigner products also support English, Japanese, and Brazilian Portuguese languages.
The PADS v9.5 release of DxDesigner introduces significant improvements to the user interface and general look-and-feel of the product. This release includes enhanced window management, navigation view and hierarchical preview windows, a new lined grid, layered graphics and improved text management as well as graphical rule checks and improved routing/wiring.
Virtual pins, also known as star points and branch points have been included in the PADS 9.5 release. This functionality allows the designer to define a virtual pin, typically from the driver, then branch out from that point to multiple receivers. Unique clearances and high-speed design rules can then be assigned to this new topology. Virtual pins, along with associated nets, deliver full DDRx routing support to PADS users.
Usability and productivity enhancements in the PADS 9.5 release include the ability to switch to bottom view so the design can be viewed and modified from the bottom or top side, the support of placement keepouts in PADS decals, and automation interface enhancements. PADS 9.5 also includes version 8.2 of the HyperLynx suite of analysis tools offering significant new functionality for optimizing printed circuit board (PCB) designs including 3D full-wave field solving, and integrated thermal/power co-simulation analysis capabilities. Analysis of today’s multi-GHz SERDES channel interconnects — such as PCIe-Gen 3 — requires specialized 3D modeling for accurate signal integrity analysis.
More info: Mentor Graphics PADS PCB Design Tools