Mentor Covers PCB Design Front-to-Back with PADS Suites

7/15/2003 - Mentor Graphics Corporation, the market leader in printed circuit board (PCB) design software, announced the availability of the PADS® suites, which provide complete, front-to-back, Windows-based PCB system design flows allowing productivity gains and faster time-to-market through design flow integration. The PADS suites include new features designed to help users gain immediate productivity benefits, such as a new OrCADTM translator for an easy migration to the PADS environment, an improved component library that eliminates the need for time-consuming library creation and the availability of online training that allows designers to quickly learn how to use the tools from their own desktop. With pricing for the new PADS suites starting under $4,000, Mentor Graphics is making these integrated flows of newly enhanced products accessible to the fast growing "ready-to-use" market segment.

Mentor also announced it has expanded its sales channel for the PADS suites to enhance the company's reach to the ready-to-use market segment with the addition of three new resellers in the United States, Canada and Russia.

"We're the number one provider of PCB solutions worldwide. Our technology leadership means our tools meet the design challenges of every PCB designer," said Joe Dalton, director of marketing, Systems Design Division, Mentor Graphics. "While it appears other companies are divesting their technology, products and channels in the fast growing ready-to-use market, we are increasing our investment in this area. Our new OrCAD translator was designed to make sure no designers in this market segment are left behind."

Packages for Every Design Environment
The PADS suites are available in three configurations, the PADS PETM, PADS XETM and PADS SETM, with increasing functionality to support a variety of design needs from individuals to small teams. The PADS PE includes design definition, layout and autorouting capabilities. The PADS XE Suite adds analog simulation and signal integrity analysis functionality. For users who require advanced high-speed capabilities, PADS SE also includes the ability to enter advanced constraints and interactive routing of high-speed signals (e.g. differential pairs, min/max length and matched lengths).

"I believe the PADS suites represent a tremendous value for PCB design. The tight integration of proven products like the PADS DesignerTM tool and the PADS PowerPCB® tool along with signal integrity and analog simulation, provide me with a competitive advantage by getting it right the first time with ease of use and depth of functionality -- all at such attractive prices. This will put Mentor head and shoulders over the competition," said Michael R. Creeden, CID+ Advanced Certified IPC Designer, San Diego PCB, Inc.

Enhanced Technology for Improved Productivity
In addition to the new competitive packages and pricing, the PADS PCB design solutions include enhanced versions of the PADS tools, which offer greater ease-of-use, enhanced design performance and reliability and improved integration. The new OrCAD translator allows users to quickly and easily translate OrCAD schematic and library data into the PADS Designer environment, allowing new customers to reuse their design data. The PADS suites also include a core component library of symbols, footprints and parametric data that allows customers to install the product and immediately start designing without first investing resources in library development. Mentor Graphics is working with partners to ensure that the library is high quality, has a large volume of supported components, and is updated regularly. As part of Mentor's ongoing commitment to delivering scalable design solutions to serve the needs of small design shops to global enterprises, the PADS suites include the PADS ExpeditionTM design translator for easily importing and exporting designs created with either flow.

In addition to the tool's enhanced features, the licensing and installation procedures have also been updated for the PADS suites to improve user's time to productivity. The PADS suites customers will also benefit from new online training that will allow them to quickly become familiar with the tools without the added expense of travel. Customers can also leverage Mentor's award-winning global customer support organization, the EDA industry's only five-time winner of the STAR (Software Technical Assistance Recognition) award. Mentor Graphics offers leading customer support solutions online, by phone and in-person.

Pricing and Availability
The new PADS suites are available immediately and are competitively priced starting at a U.S. list price of $3,495 for PADS PE. More information is available at

New PADS Resellers
Mentor Graphics has established relationships with the following resellers to sell the PADS solutions:

For a complete listing of where to buy the PADS design solutions, visit:

Mentor Graphics PCB Design Flows for Every User
The PADS suites are the market standard for Windows-based PCB design solutions. 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. The ExpeditionTM series is the technology leader for the creation of today's most complex PCB designs. The Expedition Series is powered by revolutionary AutoActive® technology, which combines ease-of-use for complex design with advanced functionality in a workgroup design environment. The Board Station® family of products provides the market standard solution for the PCB design challenges of the global enterprise.

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 3,500 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, AutoActive, Board Station and PowerPCB are registered trademarks and Expedition, OrCAD, PADS PE, PADS XE, PADS SE and PADS Designer are trademarks of Mentor Graphics Corporation.

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