Mentor launches new printed circuit board design platform

Based on the engineer's design environment, the new platform pioneered the industry's first “shift-left” active integration verification method and functionality to minimize design revisions and improve overall product quality.

Printed circuit board (PCB) engineers can now easily prototype accurate virtual products to validate design results across the entire PCB design flow.

Mentor, A Siemens Business introduces a new Xpedition® printed circuit board (PCB) design platform focused on multidimensional verification. Today, the complexity of the system is increasing, and it is difficult for PCB designers to spot problems in the early stages of design development. With Mentor's “Shift-Left Proactive Integration Verification” platform, engineers can use the industry's broadest range of easy-to-use verification tools in the designer's design environment to identify problems early in the schematic or Layout design phase. This new platform for non-expert PCB engineers provides accurate parallel design analysis and verification and comprehensive tool integration to save time and money while improving product quality.

According to a recent electronic simulation drive design study by Lifecycle Insights (September 13, 2018), the average number of design revisions per project was 2.9, which is equivalent to approximately 16 days of unscheduled development time and an additional $826,000. cost. The study found that after the “shift-left” proactive integration verification approach was used in the design process, the PCB design team improved the project on time, reduced design revisions, and improved design quality by 14%.

“The latest research shows that extensive analysis and validation throughout the design phase directly supports engineering managers to compress design cycles while improving board system quality,” said Chad Jackson, General Manager and Principal Analyst, Lifecycle Insights, “Mentor in PCB Design Advanced technologies and methods in simulation solutions are key drivers of our results, and managers should pay close attention to these products."

Creative environment for non-expert PCB designers

This integrated verification platform leverages industry best practices to provide fast and intuitive analysis and verification for non-expert PCB engineers and designers. Introduced within the designer's authoring tool, this integrated verification technology provides automated modeling, concurrent simulation, cross-display of results, and error review in a unified environment.

Multidimensional verification solution

The Xpedition platform includes the industry's broadest and most powerful verification technologies: schematic analysis; signal integrity (SI) and power integrity (PI) analysis; electrical rule checking (ERC); thermal simulation; vibration analysis; machinability design (DFF ); assembleability design (DFA); and testability design (DFT). These integration techniques are used in a unified design environment familiar to designers or design teams to provide early virtual design prototypes. From conceptual design to design transition to production, Xpedition offers a multi-dimensional, integrated verification solution for the entire design process.

“Because of the increasing complexity of system design, one of Mentor's key initiatives is to provide our customers with industry-leading verification technologies that have been used in specific or multiple instances,” Senior Vice President, Mentor Electronic Systems AJIncorvAIa said, "Through our new Xpedition platform for PCB designers, these integrated solutions enable verification in the design process, making deployment easier, speeding up results, and maximizing our customers. Return on investment."