Mentor Releases Latest Windows-based PCB System Design Flow with PADS2004

5/4/2004 - Mentor Graphics Corporation (Nasdaq: MENT), the market leader in printed circuit board (PCB) design software, announced the release of the PADS®2004 suites, the newest version of its complete, front-to-back, Windows®-based PCB system design flow. The PADS2004 suites feature a wide variety of ease of use, system integration and quality enhancements to allow users productivity and performance gains. The PADS2004 suites also include an enhanced version of the powerful and easy-to-implement HyperLynx® tool suite for pre- and post-layout signal integrity (SI) simulation and analysis on high-speed digital PCBs. The HyperLynx 7.1 tool includes usability enhancements such as a new spreadsheet-based stack up editor and a new quick terminator for differential resistors. The PADS2004 suites also feature an enhanced OrCAD® schematic and symbol library translator for easy migration to the PADS environment.

"We continuously invest in all of our PCB design solutions to allow our customers in every market segment to keep up with their ever-increasing design requirements. The enhancements in the PADS2004 suites address specific customer requests and make it easier than ever to install and use," said Syed Gilani, general manager, PADS business unit, systems design division, Mentor Graphics. "With the PADS suites, customers have access to the best customer service in the industry with online and direct options for product training and support."

Powerful Functionality and Integration Improvements to the PADS Design Flow
The PADS2004 suites include ease-of-use and performance enhancements to every tool in the design flow. The design definition environment features an enhanced user interface with new project management capabilities and support for "strokes" - shortcuts for commonly used commands. A new Align command facilitates schematic organization and clean up, and a connectivity spreadsheet editor provides a spreadsheet method for connecting large parts quickly. A new tutorial is also included.

Advanced FPGA-on-Board Integration for the Ready-to-Use Market
For the first time, the PADS suites users now have access to advanced FPGA-on-board integration capabilities with the DxBoardLinkTM suite, a new tool that ties the FPGA design flow with PCB layout, which shortens design cycles and improves product performance when implementing FPGAs in a PCB design. The DxBoardLink solution addresses the challenge of integrating today's large, high-pin count FPGAs by automating the integration of the FPGA and PCB design processes. The DxBoardLink tool reads pin-out data from an FPGA design and automatically generates schematic symbols. The tool also allows PCB designers to fracture over-sized symbols into smaller, more manageable symbols that make the schematic more readable and useful.

Mentor Graphics completed an extensive product testing process with the PADS2004 suites and many customers and channel partners are already benefiting from the enhanced features.

"The PADS suites provide a complete concept-to-manufacture PCB design flow and also allows us to add advanced capabilities such as signal integrity analysis and FPGA-on-board integration when we need to," said Gary Lameris, Senior Engineer, Hobart. "With the new the PADS2004 tool, it is even easier for new users on our team to get started because installation is so quick and the tool is simple to learn and use."

PADS Suites Packages for Every Design Environment
The PADS suites are available in three configurations, the PADS PETM, PADS XETM and PADS SETM suites, with increasing functionality to support a variety of design needs from individuals to small teams. The PADS PE suite 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, the PADS SE suite 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).

Pricing and Availability
The PADS2004 PCB Design Solutions are competitively priced starting at a U.S. list price of $3,495 for PADS PE. Electronic product delivery is immediately available from Mentor Graphics award-winning support Web site, SupportNet. More information about the PADS products can be found at

Mentor Graphics PCB Design Flows for Every User
The PADS Suites are the market standard for Windows®-based PCB design solutions. Their 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 $675 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. World Wide Web site:

Mentor Graphics, PADS, HyperLynx, Board Station and AutoActive are registered trademarks and PADS PE, PADS XE, PADS SE and Expedition are trademarks of Mentor Graphics Corporation.

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