PADS Logic and Layout

The PADS Logic and Layout on-demand course teaches you the workflow of designing a printed circuit board using Mentor Graphics PADS Logic and PADS Layout. Course content and labs are available for 30 days from first login. View course highlights ↓

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Course Overview

The PADS Layout course teaches you the workflow of designing a printed circuit board using the latest version of Mentor Graphics PADS Layout. You are guided through the steps necessary to design a printed circuit board. Course highlights include creating part types, importing netlists, placing parts, routing connections, generating reports and generating Gerber outputs.

Detailed lab exercises help reinforce what is discussed during the lectures and provide you with extensive tool usage experience under the guidance of our industry expert instructors.

You will learn how to

  • Customize and work with the PADS Layout interface
  • Create Board Outlines, Keepouts, and 2D Line items
  • Create Parts Types, PCB Decals, and Pad Stacks
  • Import netlists, define the board stackup, and set design rules
  • Place parts manually and use cross-probing capabilities
  • Route a design using manual/interactive routing and editing tools
  • Create copper shapes and plane areas
  • Verify the design
  • Generate Gerber Data
  • Work with ECO files

Hands-on labs

Throughout this course, extensive hands-on lab exercises provide you with practical experience using the PADS Layout software. Hands-on lab topics include:

  • Navigating the User Interface
  • Creating and Modifying Drafting Items
  • Creating Libraries and Library Objects
  • Importing netlists
  • Defining the Layer Stackup
  • Setting Design Rules
  • Placing Parts
  • Routing a Design
  • Creating Copper and Split Plane areas
  • Clearance and Connectivity Verification
  • Using ECO Commands
  • Generating CAM Documents


  • A basic understanding of the PCB design process
  • Familiarity with Windows operating systems

Course Details

Prerequisites None
Course Part Number
  • On demand: 251878
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