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Mentor PCB solution cuts routing time from days to hours

Posted: 17 Apr 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Mentor Graphics? XtremeAR? PCB?

Mentor Graphics Corp. announced the delivery of the XtremeAR product targeted at electronics companies designing large PCBs. XtremeAR, Mentor's second product to use the company's patented Xtreme design technology, enables the simultaneous execution of auto-routing on up to 15 processors. According to the press release, this cuts routing times on large boards from days to hours. The significant productivity improvement and design cycle time reduction improves time-to-market for large designs, and also improves quality and system performance by enabling designers to perform several design trials and choose the best results, added Mentor.

XtremeAR is the next application of the patented Xtreme design technology and is targeted at users who are able to auto-route their large boards. This product uses the processors from up to 15 computers on a LAN or WAN network working simultaneously on the same PCB database.

Xtreme design technology
The patented Xtreme design technology provides the core for the industry's only capability to support multiple clients on a LAN or WAN network to simultaneously update a centrally located PCB design database. In November of 2004, Mentor announced the first application of the Xtreme design technology, XtremePCB. This application enabled multiple CAD designers to simultaneously perform interactive place and route on a PCB with real time updates to a common database, said Mentor. XtremePCB was targeted at users performing manual routing and resulted in design cycle time reductions of 40-70 percent during the layout process.

"Our unique and patented Xtreme design technology can now help companies who use auto-routing on large, mostly digital boards," said Henry Potts, vice president and general manager of Mentor's systems design division. "We worked closely with several of our customers to develop this application and it is meeting their most optimistic cycle time and productivity expectations."

Already available, XtremeAR utilizes the same licenses as XtremePCB clients, giving users the flexibility to use the Xtreme design technology on either manual layout or auto-routing depending on their needs.

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