13 Oct, 2014

John McMillan Hosted by EE Journal’s Amelia Dalton, this PADS Chalk Talk series of webcasts delivers an informative and engaging  question-and-answer session with Jim Martens, PADS Product Marketing Manager on some popular PADS topics. Each webcast listed below is accompanied by a white paper that you can download now! PADS VX: Redefining Productivity: When it comes to PCB Design, the giant companies don’t … Read More

8 Oct, 2014

John McMillan In today’s competitive marketplace companies cannot afford to have PCB production delayed because of slivers, unintended copper exposed by soldermask, testpoint-to-testpoint spacing, or other issues that should be identified and solved early in layout and long before manufacturing. Catching DFM issues at the design stage is critical because, at each successive step of the production process, the cost … Read More

1 Oct, 2014

John McMillan This week I had the pleasure of  meeting and talking with engineering students along with our recruiting staff at the NC State Engineering Career Fair! This 2 day event is sponsored by the NCSU College of Engineering and is held yearly. This event draws talented engineering students from colleges all over the Carolinas and beyond. The attendance was unbelievable and the students were dressed to the … Read More

17 Sep, 2014

pads - Customer Story Series: Bella AG

Posted by John McMillan

John McMillan

“Most cattle are healthy most of the time; it’s the ones that aren’t that you need to know about.” We can never overstate the importance of cattle in our lives. Cows are not raised just for their meat, milk, and leather. The fact is, there are more products produced from cattle that are used in our everyday lives than many of us can fathom. Medical and pharmaceutical companies for example, use insulin

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13 Sep, 2014

How to get your FREE PADS® libraries!

Posted by John McMillan

John McMillan The foundation of every PCB design is its libraries. And we all know that PCB designers and Librarians can spend a significant amount of time developing  the logic and footprint symbols required for each design. Well, here at Mentor Graphics we feel your pain. In fact, we’ve made a significant investment in PADS libraries that gives you, our users, immediate access to a new proven, pre-built, … Read More

10 Sep, 2014

PADS VX Roundtable

Posted by Jim Martens

Jim Martens

Thanks to everyone for attending the PADS VX Roundtable webinar!  If you have not viewed it, it is now available on-demand Click Here To View Now!  We had great attendance.  I personally liked this new format – it gave Mike and me the opportunity to answer your questions directly, not just delivering a PowerPoint presentation. How did you like this new format? Is it something we should do again? Please

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9 Sep, 2014

John McMillan

Hello PADS users ! For us, nothing is more important than our customers’ continued success. When we hear about the amazing PCB’s our customers are designing, we like to celebrate by sharing those stories with the world. We know every great PCB design has a great user story – and we want to help tell yours ! Email me: John_McMillan@mentor.com  to find out more ! Thanks,  John

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3 Sep, 2014

John McMillan You sent in the questions – Now lets get the answers ! Join me September 9, 2014 for our first Video Roundtable Q&A Event. I’ll be asking  the PADS Product Marketing Manager Jim Martens and Product Line Director Mike Griesbach the PADS VX questions YOU have submitted. Perhaps you’re already started using VX. Perhaps you’ve downloaded VX but have not started a new project … Read More

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

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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

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