19 Aug, 2014

John McMillan PADS Users – Now Open for 2014! It’s time to show-off your stuff in the most prestigious contest in PCB, the Mentor Graphics Technology Leadership Awards! Submit your design today! Started in 1988, this program is the longest running competition of its kind in the EDA industry. It recognizes     YOU – the engineers and CAD designers who use Mentor’s innovative technology to address today’s … Read More

15 Aug, 2014

John McMillan Printed circuit boards are the backbone of electronics products, providing the electrical system upon which the performance, life span, and reliability of the end product depend. When designed correctly, products with high-quality circuitry have lower field failure rates and fewer field returns. As a result, products can be produced at lower cost and higher profit.  DOWNLOAD White Paper NOW How do you … Read More

7 Aug, 2014

John McMillan The days of backing-up and archiving PCB design data or running a script that bundles-up a targeted set of design files and created a time-stamped zip file are long gone. Proper archives are essential to back-up and manage all of your design data. Today’s PCB teams require a powerful design-driven storage methodology that not only promotes effective data backups, but also increases productivity … Read More

4 Aug, 2014

John McMillan

Since the release of PADS VX there have been some great questions regarding the integrated project use of xDX Designer and notably, no mention of PADS Logic. In this blog I’ll explore some of today’s typical use cases for each of these front-end tools. PADS Logic is a well-established and reliable front-end tool of choice for many ECAD engineers and has been so for many years and for good reasons.

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16 Jul, 2014

John McMillan As a follow-up to my recent article in Printed Circuit Design & Fab; pcdandf.com, entitled; Effectively Managing PCB Design Constraints, we have published a new whitepaper entitled Why PCB Design Constraints Should Drive Your Design Flow. In this whitepaper we describe how a constraint-based design not only optimizes the PCB design process but also improves design time-to-market. PADS Constraint … Read More

1 Jul, 2014

The PCB Design Flow of the Future

Posted by John McMillan

John McMillan Back in the mid-80’s when I first started hand-taping PCB designs 2:1 on mylar, it was pretty clear that printed circuit design wasn’t a simple start-here-and-proceed-to-the-finish-line type of design flow. Design changes happen. Getting a new netlist with a re-pinned out FPGA just after you’ve finished routing a design is not a new anomaly. Just try to imagine how big of a pain it was and how time-consuming … Read More

19 Jun, 2014

John McMillan As stated in my LPC Part 4 vBlog, Part 5 is dedicated to answering your LP Creator questions. Parts 1, 2, 3 and 4 of this LP Creator blog can be found here: pads.com/blog. Let’s get right to the questions! Question #1: Dick S. asks: “The predecessor to the LP Creator would allow a printout with the component dimensions and the footprint pattern. This works great. I could generate the footprint for a … Read More

6 Jun, 2014

Jim Martens Mike Griesbach, the PADS Product Line Director, and I had the pleasure of traveling the globe conducting a worldwide seminar series on the PADS VX release. From Shenzhen to Boston, Los Angeles to Munich, the feedback has been terrific! PADS VX Seminar – Shenzhen PADS VX Seminar – Taipei What I found the most interesting were the different things that attendees were interested in. … Read More

2 Jun, 2014

John McMillan

This is the 4th of my 5-part blog series focusing on cool features, tips and tricks that will enable you to get the most out of the LP Creator included with every seat of PADS VX. Parts 1, 2 and 3 can be found here: pads.com/blog. This week I’ll show you my Fun Fact #4 and Tip/Trick #4 in the video blog linked below that also includes an invitation for you to submit your questions for me to address

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Land pattern creation

23 May, 2014

John McMillan

Are you tired of having to undo days of work and upload new ASCII files whenever the engineer “tweaks” the schematic? Wouldn’t it be great if you were instantly notified whenever changes are made to your schematic or layout? Well, With PADS, you can. Learn more in this Free PADS Online Web Seminar   Jun 5, 2014 PADS brings you true database synchronization between the schematic and layout,

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20 May, 2014

John McMillan

This is the 3rd of my 5-part blog series focusing on cool features, tips and tricks that will enable you to get the most out of the LP Creator included with every seat of PADS VX. Part 1 and Part 2 of my PADS LP Creator blog can be found on our new PADS.com website here: pads.com/blog. Fun Fact #3: Did you know that once you’ve created a land pattern, like a typical 0603 capacitor, that you can quickly

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Land pattern creation

9 May, 2014

John McMillan

This is the 2nd of my 5-part blog series focusing on fun facts, tips and tricks that will enable you to get the most out of the PADS LP Creator, now included with every seat of PADS VX. In Part 1 I showed you one example of how a single calculator accommodates all the different lead styles and component families within a single calculator. I also showed you a different way to create non-standard SMT

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Land pattern creation

1 May, 2014

John McMillan

In this 5-part blog series I’ll focus on cool features and tips and tricks that will enable you to get the most out of the LP Creator, now included with every seat of PADS VX. It’s been great to hear all the positive feedback for the new PADS VX release.  PADS Land Pattern Creator (formally LP Wizard) is an extraordinary productivity enhancing tool that helps you create IPC 7351B compliant component

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Land pattern creation

2 Apr, 2014

John McMillan

TechValidate, an independent third-party survey company, recently surveyed over 15000 verified PADS users with real-world questions about their PADS experiences. This survey includes responses to questions that all EDA vendors should be asking their users. Questions like: Why do you choose PADS over competitive products? Would you recommend PADS to a friend? What PADS features save you the most time

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28 Mar, 2014

John McMillan

Successful PCB designs start with your library. You can’t afford to spend hours in library development and management!  With the VX release, you’ll start your design faster and have better quality at completion. Let us show you how. Join PADS Product Marketing Manager Jim Martens as he presents this Webinar on How PADS Advanced Library Capabilities Accelerate the PCB Design Cycle. In this webinar

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