Mentor Releases Pads 9.5 PCB CAD Software Print E-mail
Written by Mike Buetow   
Monday, 05 November 2012 15:18

Pads 9.5 PCB CAD design software adds usability enhancements, GUI improvements in DxDesigner, interactive routing updates, and availability in Simplified Chinese.


Improvements to DxDesigner user interface include enhanced window management, navigation view and hierarchical preview windows, a new lined grid, layered graphics and improved text management as well as graphical rule checks and improved routing/wiring. Includes virtual pins, also known as star points and branch points, allow designers to define a virtual pin, typically from the driver, then “branch” out from that point to multiple receivers. Unique clearances and high-speed design rules can then be assigned to this new topology. Virtual pins, along with associated nets, deliver full DDRx routing support to PADS users.

Usability and productivity enhancements include the ability to switch to bottom view so the design can be viewed and modified from the bottom or top side, support of placement keepouts in PADS decals, and automation interface enhancements. Includes HyperLynx version 8.2 suite of analysis tools for optimizing printed circuit board designs including 3D full-wave field solving, and integrated thermal/power co-simulation analysis capabilities. DxDesigner and Pads Layout menus, dialog boxes, and Evaluation Guide available in Simplified Chinese (in addition to English, Japanese, and Brazilian Portuguese).


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