Mentor Graphics Paves Way for Transferring PCB Designs into Electronic Data

By CIOReview | Wednesday, September 30, 2015
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FREMONT, CA: Mentor Graphics, an electronic design automation (EDA) company, launches version 8.1 of its ODB++ product model, a single and open data structure for transferring printed circuit board (PCB) designs into data for fabrication, assembly and test to eliminate the need of creating and validating disparate documentation content for supporting all electronic design automation (EDA) tool flows.

The main purpose of ODB++ is to exchange printed circuit board design information between design and manufacturing and between design tools. The new version of this format by Mentor Graphics provides a unique virtual documentation capability to translate all data files, drawings, and documents from PCB design through the manufacturing flow. It allows users to share all the necessary manufacturing instructions as electronic data for making new product introduction (NPI) more efficient for all partners in the supply chain.

The new model includes support for EDA -based design net connectivity shorts. Version 8.1 characterizes net attribute so that all downstream processes can be streamlined and automated, eliminating the limitations of existing data formats. The content for rigid-flex buildup zones to define regions within the basic stack-up delivers accurate impedance calculations using tools such as the Frontline InStack. By identifying the physical boundary of different stack-up areas for a rigid-flex circuit, manufacturers can easily and accurately calculate the resistance value for the circuit using their choice of materials. 

“Mentor is the market leader for PCB design software and provides a best-in-class solution for NPI. With our latest ODB++ intelligent product model format, we now offer customers a complete and open design-through-manufacturing ecosystem,”. “Our mission is to provide our customers with the best tools and technologies to increase overall product quality and productivity. This includes support for ODB++ and IPC-2581, giving our customers a choice in data exchange formats for hand-off to manufacturing,” says A.J. Incorvaia, vice president and general manager of Design Division, Mentor Graphics.