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PCB flow delivers improved productivity, integration

Posted: 11 Sep 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Mentor Graphics? PCB design flow? signal integrity analysis? SI analysis? PCD design?

The new version of Mentor Graphics Corp.'s Board Station PCB design flow for enterprise customers promises to deliver improved integration with the enterprise, as well as improved design productivity and "what if" signal integrity (SI) 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 for Mentor's systems design division. "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."

New features for Board Station include

  • Tighter integration with the data management system and added functionality to provide off-the-shelf RoHS design-for-compliance capabilities.

  • The addition of electrical rules entry, layout and analysis to the constraint editor system.

  • The addition of the ICX Pro Explorer high-speed constraint development tool to the flow.

  • Design layout productivity enhancements, including additional support for layout of flex boards, hard and soft auto-routing "fences" and additional gate and pin swapping capabilities.

  • Improved integration of I/O Designer to accommodate high pin count, high performance FPGA implementation on the PCB.

The new Board Station flow is available immediately. Pricing information was not provided.

- Dylan McGrath
EE Times

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