Mentor Graphics PADS2007 PCB Design Solution

Mentor Graphics (Nasdaq: MENT) PADS2007 offers layout designers and engineers the ability to implement RF and microwave circuitry using highly automated functionality, perform design for fabrication (DFF) checking early in the design process, and optimize performance with advanced high-speed analysis/verification functionality, thus significantly improving their productivity and design quality. PADS is a Windows(R)-based PCB design solutions that combine value and broad technology. Its rich functionality and affordable pricing give customers a high return on their investment, enabling them to handle everything from basic designs to complex high-speed applications with speed, quality, and ease of use.

The latest release includes:

  • High-speed routing improvements: controls for matched length nets and differential routing improvements.
  • Square and chamfered corners, DXF-in import, and via matrixing enhancements for RF design.
  • Blind/buried via drill table improvements: designs with partial vias (blind or buried) are automatically updated with the layer pairs and drill count of the partial vias in the design.
  • Alpha-numeric pin improvements: simplifies creation of large BGA-based parts.
  • ECO enhancements: includes comparison of design rules between the schematic and layout databases.
  • Design for fabrication (DFF) analysis: powerful fabrication checks, such as acid trap, starved thermals, solder mask slivers are checked in the CAD environment and database, allowing the designer to identify and correct manufacturing problems in PADS Layout, before Gerber generation.
  • Pin number visibility: the user has the ability to turn on/off the visibility of the component pin numbers, either numeric or alpha-numeric, improving designer productivity during routing.
  • SI analysis: integration of DxDesigner(TM) and the HyperLynx(R) LineSim(R) tool through a new interface allows fast transfer of a circuit for analysis and back annotation of termination resistor values.
  • Analog simulation: provides a board level simulation analysis and verification through a common schematic editor for both simulation and PCB design entry.

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