Xpedition Verification Platform

Mentor Graphics just announced a set of integrated technologies that enable PCB engineers and designers to improve product quality and save time and money by moving analysis and verification tasks earlier in the design process. 

  • Printed circuit board (PCB) engineers can develop accurate virtual prototypes to validate designs throughout the PCB design process with ease
  • Xpedition® platform provides the industry’s first “shift-left” upfront verification capability within the engineer’s authoring environment to minimize design re-spins and improve overall product quality

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What’s new in Xpedition® – VX 2.4

Xpedition® Enterprise provides innovative technologies that recognize the importance of design reuse, automate the layout of high-speed topologies, facilitate the configuration of advanced constraints, enable the design and verification of 3D rigid-flex structures, and provide robust data management for both libraries and designs.  Check out What’s New Below!

Data Management

Library Manager

Creating a new schematic project? VX.2.4 makes it easier than ever to create and populate a new library with parts, symbols, and footprints, thus reducing overhead and project schedules.

PartQuest Cell Creation

Create footprints for Xpedition with the enhanced web-based, part-creation capabilities in PartQuest. Footprints are built to IPC-7351B and JEDEC JESD30H standards using a simple fill-in dialog.  

Extend/Complete EDX

Use of the EDX file format has been extended in VX.2.4. Now you can import and export all library constructs, including managed blocks and custom classes, in EDM Library, and import new objects or revise objects in an existing project in EDM Design.

Embedded Client

There’s a new way to interact with EDM Design! The embedded client in Xpedition Designer, System Designer, and Layout provides direct access to standard EDM Design functions such as search, edit, check in, and forward/back annotate. Designer and Layout automation allow access to these EDM client functions through scripting.

For more information visit Xpedition Data Management

Web Collaboration

Save time and improve accuracy! If you have groups of nets with the same rules, you can save net topologies and constraint rules to a template for reuse. Assign any constraint to a net, save it as a template, and assign it to similar nets. When template values are updated, all nets assigned to that template are automatically updated.

Baseline, Release & Partlist

We’ve streamlined the Baseline, Release, and Create EDX functions in VX.2.4 to reduce steps and ensure consistency. Part lists created in the Collaboration view can be included in baselines and exported to EDX.

System Design

Trace Signal to PCB

The VX.2.4 release enables full cross probing between System Designer, Xpedition Designer, and Xpedition Layout. Simply check out each design from EDM with sharing enabled, then select the desired net, part, or block to trace signals through the full design.

Bill of Functions

Bill of Functions provides a digitally continuous flow from System-of-Systems architecture to the physical “hardware” implementation of systems and their components. Using different abstraction levels to cope with design complexity, users can refine the design step-by-step and gradually add details. This traces the implementation status of the System Designer Interface Control Document integration between the multi-board system design and the system-of-systems project.

For more information visit Xpedition System Design 

Layout

RF Routing and Shapes

Cut design times dramatically by using automation to construct complex RF arrays, place RF elements, and implement RF interconnects. To support a transition from very high-speed digital to RF, VX.2.4 also enables users to route signals using powerful push, shove, and gloss technology, then convert them to RF Meanders for further fine tuning.

Stitching Vias

Save parameters for stitching-via generation and reuse them by scheme. Assign plane shapes, conductive shapes, and drawing objects on user layers to a stitching-via scheme to define how vias for a given shape will be generated. The ability to select stitching vias as a new selection property type also enables quick selection and regeneration of shielding vias for a given shape.

Sketch Planner Shielding

Shielding routes during trunk routing just got a lot better! In VX.2.4, we enhanced shielding to emulate a “user-like” quality. Simply define the sets of shielding rules desired, create the desired sketch path, and assign the desired shielding rules. The sketch router automatically routes the trunk according to your rules.

MCAD – NX Integration

IDX enhancements include seamless, incremental exchange for specific objects such as flex areas, bends, and component keep-outs as well as baseline export for internal copper, silkscreen, fiducials, and partial mounting holes. Additionally, the 3D model exchange with NX has been enhanced to include the import of NX parasolid models and fast, intuitive 3D model mapping and alignment.

For more information visit Xpedition Layout

Test Points

Use the Constraint Manager to define the number of Test Points required for each net during schematic capture. Then use the Test Probe setup and assignment menu in Layout to view the test point totals and the actual number of placed test points.

Vibration Analysis

To reduce the setup time for vibration and acceleration analysis, Design for Reliability checks can be launched from within Layout. This enables DfR vibration and acceleration analysis to utilize all of the models, mapping, and alignment from layout.

Design Verification

DC Drop – R-Flex & Multi Board

The VX.2.4 release brings additional support for rigid-flex and multi-board analysis. Power integrity enhancements include seamless DC drop simulation and analysis for rigid-flex designs. Unique stack-up by areas and their individual characteristics are seamlessly transferred from layout.

Constraint Integration

New to HyperLynx BoardSim is constraint integration, enabling users to create a wide range of signal integrity constraints and net class assignments. For comprehensive batch SI analysis, users can also import constraints directly from Xpedition schematic or layout.

SERDES

HyperLynx VX.2.4 adds many usability improvements for SerDes. FastEye capability is now included within the SerDes batch wizard and requires no IC models.

New operating modes in the channel-compliance analyzer, for PCIe Gen 1 (2.5 Gbps), Gen 2 (5Gbps), and Gen 5 (32Gbps), 50GBASE-CR, and JESD204C–JCOM, bring the number of supported channels to 34.

Schematic Verification Integration

Schematic Integrity Analysis can now be launched, and new projects created, directly from within the schematic design menu. Quickly analyze a design’s Bill of Materials, netlist, and voltages. 

Electrical Rules

HyperLynx VX.2.4 brings many new electrical design rules, including analog rules for net under component, component isolation, and sensor net isolation. New power integrity rules include PDN isolation and grounding layer. Creepage rules were added and enhanced to perform distance calculations on any layer of the PCB. To save research time, additional IEC international standards and charts were also integrated into the tool.

Valor NPI Integration

To reduce the setup time for vibration and acceleration analysis, Design for Reliability checks can be launched from within Layout. This enables DfR vibration and acceleration analysis to utilize all of the models, mapping, and alignment from layout.

DFM = MRA

Enhanced ease-of-use in Valor NPI with MRA (Manufacturing Risk Assessment) enables layout designers to run rules during layout rather than having to rely exclusively on work done by an NPI specialist post-layout. To ensure that only real issues and hazards are reported, users can set up and maintain their own DFM rules.

For more information visit Xpedition PCB Simulation

Enterprise PCB Design Tools

Xpedition® Enterprise from Mentor Graphics is the industry’s most innovative PCB design flow, providing integration from system design definition to manufacturing execution. Its unique, patented technologies can reduce design cycles by 50 percent or more while significantly improving overall quality and resource efficiency.

Design Creation

Xpedition® Enterprise design creation tools help engineers capture schematics, integrate ICs onto the PCB, and communicate electrical and physical rules to all design team

Schematic Design
FPGA I/O Optimization
Constraint Management

PCB Simulation

The Xpedition® Enterprise design flow includes a complete suite of high-speed PCB simulation tools, powered by HyperLynx® and enhance crucial virtual prototyping capabilities.

Includes:

Design Rule Checks
PI Analysis
SI Analysis
Full-Wave/Hybrid EM Analysis
Quasistatic Extraction
Thermal Analysis
Analog Simulation
Vibration Analysis

PCB Layout

Xpedition® xPCB Layout combines ease-of-use with highly automated functionality and  it offers designers and engineers industry leading advanced technology to create today’s most complex designs.

Includes:

Placement & Routing
3D Layout
Concurrent Design
Rigid-Flex
Constraint Management
Sketch Planning & Routing
Advanced Fabrication & Assembly
RF Design

PCB Data Management

The Xpedition® Enterprise xDM suite facilitates creation and management of PCB design data to ensure quality, integrity and security of the data used throughout the enterprise flow.

Library Management
Design Data Management

Valor NPI

Valor NPI products combine capabilities of design for manufacture (DFM) and new product introduction (NPI) to ensure smooth transition from PCB design to fabrication, assembly and test from any PCB design environment. More than 700 manufacturing rules can be applied concurrently throughout the design flow to reduce revisions and costly re-spins at the manufacturing level.

DFM Validation
Fabrication Prep

PCB Design Collaboration

Collaboration is key to achieving accelerated design targets with large, globally distributed teams by everaging the power of teams that require advanced design flows and enable maximum productivity.

Constraint Management
Design Review
ECAD/MCAD Collaboration
Concurrent Design

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