Mentor Graphics Announces CAM Output Manager Module for Expedition PCB Design Flow

10/22/2002 - Mentor Graphics announced the CAM Output Manager tool, an automated and customizable tool for generating and distributing consistent and accurate computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) data, designed to minimize costly manufacturing errors in the fabrication of highly complex printed circuit boards (PCBs). This powerful addition to Mentor's ExpeditionTM Series design flow meets the needs of computer-aided design (CAD) support organizations, allowing them to establish automated processes, customized according to company requirements and supporting multiple target manufacturers.

"Today's large PCB design organizations must continually find ways to improve the efficiency and accuracy of their design processes to help them manage the increasing complexity of PCBs, handle a high-volume of designs and interface with multiple fabrication houses," said Joe Dalton, director of marketing, Systems Design Division, Mentor Graphics. "CAM Output Manager augments the existing data output capabilities of Expedition to address the costly challenges associated with data integrity, process flow and variant design."

Automation and Customization
Automated and customizable creation and distribution of CAM data enables high-quality, repeatable workflows that reduce costs by preventing errors prior to production. By running predefined and tested CAM data output processes, CAM Output Manager provides multiple users of varying skill levels with the ability to generate CAM output data that meets the requirements of internal processes and individual production sites. Additionally, customizable accuracy checks can be established based upon the requirements of a specific workflow or project.

Accuracy and Consistency
CAM Output Manager's flexible process definition includes verification and accuracy checks to prevent the generation of incorrect data. For example, CAM Output Manager's controls can be established to ensure that a complete new data set is created when generating data after an engineering change order (ECO), eliminating the possibility of sending an inconsistent combination of new and old data to a production site. Process definition may also include a hierarchy that controls which processes must be successfully completed prior to running subsequent processes.

CAM Data Distribution
CAM Output Manager automates and controls distribution of target production site-specific CAM data and the notification of appropriate personnel. Notification options include: sending automated e-mail notification of a completed process; highlighting data that does not generate successfully; and distributing compressed CAM output data to the appropriate production sites automatically.

Variant Design
With CAM Output Manager, simultaneous CAM data sets can be generated for PCB variants and then targeted to multiple production sites. Support of variant designs drastically reduces CAM data creation time and provides the same data consistency and verification accuracy for each variant.

Pricing and Availability
CAM Output Manager is a standalone product available immediately for new and existing Expedition Series customers, starting at $25,000 U.S.

About Mentor Graphics
Mentor Graphics Corporation (Nasdaq: MENT) is a world leader in electronic hardware and software design solutions, providing products, consulting services and award-winning support for the world's most successful electronics and semiconductor companies. Established in 1981, the company reported revenues over the last 12 months of about $600 million and employs approximately 3,700 people worldwide. Corporate headquarters are located at 8005 S.W. Boeckman Road, Wilsonville, Oregon 97070-7777; Silicon Valley headquarters are located at 1001 Ridder Park Drive, San Jose, California 95131-2314.

Mentor Graphics is a registered trademark and Expedition is a trademark of Mentor Graphics Corporation.

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