Mentor Releases Pads 9.4
Written by Mike Buetow   
Tuesday, 06 March 2012 14:53

Pads 9.4 CAD software adds unique DfM analysis functionality to the PCB design space, performs over 100 fabrication and assembly checks using analysis based on Valor technology.

New ODB++ viewer overlays and compares traditional CAM documents, such as Gerber files for PCB design-through-manufacturing data integrity. Scalable flow addresses high-speed, thermal, manufacturing prep, signal and power integrity, FPGA to PCB optimizations, and more.

Other new features: Now associates nets necessary for DDRx interconnect design. Multiple nets can now be “grouped” and given unique high-speed constraints including length and differential pair rules. Associated nets adhere to these rules during interactive and automatic routing assuring that tight, high-speed performance specifications are met. Another feature permits a trace to “hug” an existing obstacle like another trace or board outline, reportedly reducing routing time and more effectively using board space. Drafting operations enhanced with new 2D line styles and snap capabilities.

Mentor Graphics, www.mentor.com/pads

 

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