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Mentor delivers FPGA/PCB design tool for PADS

Posted: 26 Sep 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:PADS I/O Designer? FPGA? PCB design tool?

Mentor Graphics Corp. has unveiled the PADS I/O Designer product specifically targeted at its PADS product user community. For designers implementing complex FPGAs on their PCBs, the I/O Designer product has a proven track record of decreasing design cycle time, improving performance and lowering product costs. The same benefits are now available to the PADS product users as the use of high density, high performance FPGAs increases across the spectrum of electronic products. This is the first time the PADS I/O Designer product is being made available to the PADS community, said Mentor.

"Providing an integrated and concurrent FPGA/PCB design process has been a major benefit to our customers," said Henry Potts, VP and general manager of Mentor Graphics' Systems Design Division. "Users of high-end FPGAs report time-to-market reduction and systems performance improvement of up to 50 percent, and reductions in PCB layer counts resulting in reduced product costs. With the continuing trend in electronic products of using even more high-end FPGAs, the impact of providing I/O Designer to our PADS users is significant."

Starting with nothing or an early HDL description or a top-level DxDesigner product, the FPGA-PCB interface is quickly defined with a variety of correct-by-construction, drag and drop PCB signal to FPGA pin assignment methods. The PADS I/O Designer product then synchronizes the interface across the FPGA and PCB flows through Automatic DxDesigner and schematic generation, and automatic generation and maintenance of required FPGA vendor files, HDL files and synthesis constraint files.

Optionally, the PADS I/O Designer product will import the PADS Layout physical design for FPGA vendor rules-driven pin swaps. When extended to PCB optimization, the PADS I/O Designer product leverages the PADS Layout physical design to drive PCB trace optimization through FPGA interface unraveling. Also available is functionality to optimize multiple FPGA interfaces simultaneously within a single PADS layout physical design.

The PADS I/O Designer is available today with a starting price of $4,995.

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