WILSONVILLE, OR – Mentor Graphics Corp. has released the latest version of its Board Station design flow for large, enterprise customers. The Board Station flow includes tools for design creation, layout and manufacture, and is designed to meet the requirements of enterprise design teams. This release is said to offer improved integration with the enterprise, as well as improved design productivity and 'what if' signal integrity analysis.
“Advances in PCB fabrication technologies, system performance and FPGA densities/pin counts, compounded by emerging government regulations such as RoHS, continue to challenge our most aggressive customers as they strive to meet competitive time-to-market goals,” said Dan Boncella, director of marketing, Systems Design Division at Mentor. “This new release of our Board Station flow addresses these challenges by continuing to tightly integrate our high speed pre- and post-layout analysis tools, library and data management, and adds PCB interactive routing productivity enhancements.”
This version of Board Station is said include the following enhancements:
- Library and data management - Tighter integration with DMS and added functionality to provide off-the-shelf RoHS design-for-compliance capabilities. - Constraint editor system (CES) - Addition of electrical rules entry, layout and analysis functionality to complement the high-speed physical rules already provided.
- Signal integrity verification - Addition of the newly released ICX Pro Explorer functionality to the flow, our next generation high-speed constraint development tool.
- Design layout - Additional support for layout of flex boards, addition of trace glossing so designers can more closely control interactive routing on dense designs, hard and soft autorouting “fences” to help control routing around dense BGAs as opposed to through them, and additional gate and pin swapping capabilities to optimize layout.
- FPGA-on-Board - Improved integration of I/O Designer to accommodate high pin count and high performance FPGA implementation on the PCB.