Designers Benefit from New Library for Mentor PADS PCB Design Tools

12/3/2003 - Mentor Graphics Corporation (Nasdaq: MENT), the market leader in printed circuit board (PCB) design software, announced it has established a joint marketing agreement with, Inc., a leading supplier of CAD libraries and library tools, to make the, Inc. library available for use with Mentor Graphics® PADS® product line.

The library contains all of the land patterns found in the IPC-SM-782 specification, in the PADS PowerPCB® format. The library with footprints (decals) and documentation is vital to determining compliance to corporate standards. This represents an excellent value for the PADS product users requiring a starter library of PCB component shapes built according to IPC standards, which would otherwise take much time to construct and document.

"Creation of footprints is a tedious and time consuming process," said David Wiens, director of PADS marketing, Mentor Graphics. "Utilizing pre-built footprints created to a known standard will save the designer a tremendous amount of time. This agreement illustrates Mentor's investment in continuing to provide designers with the tools to enhance their productivity."

"We're delighted that Mentor Graphics has endorsed our footprint library for its PADS PowerPCB customers," said Randy Chase, president of "These parts along with the documentation represent many, many hours of development, and establish an excellent base for any company to build its own internal library."

"Our relationship with, Inc. is an example of our continued commitment to partnership with companies that provide complementary programs and solutions to serve the needs of the PADS customer base," said Henry Potts, general manager and vice president, systems design division, Mentor Graphics.

This collaboration appeals to a broad spectrum of designers, ranging from single engineers of small design shops to design service groups or advanced engineering groups creating prototypes within large corporations. Designers and engineers will benefit from the improved stability and productivity obtained by utilizing part footprints provided by PCBStandards, which were constructed to an industry-accepted standard.

Pricing and Availability
The entire metric library and a select subset of imperial-based footprints are available to PADS customers at no charge. The entire library, including all of the imperial-based footprints, is available at or by visiting

About, Inc., Inc. is the leading resource among PADS users for libraries and library tools. Along with both metric and imperial-based libraries for PADS users, the company also offers library management tools, free downloads of useful design information, land pattern calculators/wizards and a forum for PCB designers to share their design experience with each other. Corporate headquarters are located at 5758 Malvern Court, Ste 303, San Diego, California 92120-4546. World Wide Web site:

About PADS
The PADS PCB design solution is the market standard for Windows-based PCB design. Its ease-of-use, broad technology and affordable pricing provide customers with a high return on investment in their creation of PCB designs ranging from basic to complex. For more information on PADS solutions, visit or e-mail to

About Mentor Graphics
Mentor Graphics Corporation 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 $650 million and employs approximately 3,600 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. World Wide Web site:

Mentor Graphics, PADS and PowerPCB are registered trademarks of Mentor Graphics Corporation.

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