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Keynote: Introducing a Major Advance in PCB Systems Design: Xpedition VX Tuesday, March 25, 10:25 AM

Keynote The evolution of Xpedition began in 2005 with the first release of an integrated flow for schematic and layout. In 2007 we met the demands of enterprise IT environments by facilitating client/server architectures. Expedition Enterprise 7.9.x in 2009 expanded mainstream deployment with a highly stable environment. Throughout this journey the industry has come to expect Mentor to deliver leadership innovation for PCB systems design. These important milestones have helped us realize our vision to meet the demands of modern development organizations and solidify our leadership in PCB design. Over the months to come, with the Xpedition VX launch, we will continue to deliver solutions that are unmatched in our industry. This is the foundation for the next generation of proven, innovative thinking as we continue to address our enterprise customers’ needs. This presentation will address the industry challenges that VX addresses, as well as key release highlights.

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Technical Session
  • Differential Signal Routing for PCB Designers
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    TECHNICAL SESSION The intent of this presentation is to provide PCB layout designers with an understanding of the various concerns when routing differential signals, as well as how to manage the effects. Included is an ordering of the concerns in terms of importance and at which data rates the signal integrity may be compromised. A deep knowledge of signal integrity is not required to benefit from this. There is certainly more depth to each of the conditions discussed; however, we have tried to keep this focused on the routing perspective so PCB layout designers can make the appropriate decisions and compromises to attain successful differential signal routing.

  • Keynote: Introducing a Major Advance in PCB Systems Design: Xpedition VX
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    KEYNOTE The evolution of Xpedition began in 2005 with the first release of an integrated flow for schematic and layout. In 2007 we met the demands of enterprise IT environments by facilitating client/server architectures. Expedition Enterprise 7.9.x in 2009 expanded mainstream deployment with a highly stable environment. Throughout this journey the industry has come to expect Mentor to deliver leadership innovation for PCB systems design.
    These important milestones have helped us realize our vision to meet the demands of modern development organizations and solidify our leadership in PCB design. Over the months to come, with the Xpedition VX launch, we will continue to deliver solutions that are unmatched in our industry. This is the foundation for the next generation of proven, innovative thinking as we continue to address our enterprise customers’ needs.
    This presentation will address the industry challenges that VX addresses, as well as key release highlights.

Presenter: Henry Potts, Vice President and General Manager, Systems Design Division, Mentor Graphics
  • Multi-Board Systems Design
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    TECHNICAL SESSION The engineering of a complex system of multiple PCBs by a team of engineers requires an integrated set of tools from system-level functional block definition to partitioned PCBs. This session will introduce new technology that provides a single cockpit for all conceptual and logical system definitions, eliminating data re-entry errors and improving system performance.

  • Sketch Router:  A Revolutionary New Routing Method
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    TECHNICAL SESSION Should a design be routed manually or with automatic routers? This has been a debate since the advent of auto routing. Most designers prefer manual routing because of their ability to control location of the routes and the quality. Auto routers tend to put in too many vias and often meander unnecessarily which takes considerable time to clean up.

    Quality is objective and subjective. Objective quality means the routing fulfills the signal integrity and manufacturing requirements. Subjective quality means that it looks like manual routing which is usually characterized by minimal vias and trace segments along with unbiased routing (sometimes called river routing). An entirely different approach called the “Sketch Router” enables the designer to control where the routing occurs and provides both the objective and subjective quality desired. This is the biggest advancement in routing technology since routers went gridless.

    This session will discuss the merits of manual routing and demonstrate how the Sketch Router continues that theme and enables the routing task to be unbelievably faster.

  • Unleash the Full Power of your PCB Design Entry Software Tools
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    TECHNICAL SESSION The next major release of Expedition Enterprise will take your PCB Design Entry productivity to the highest level. Come and see how we are making the tool much easier to use for both casual and expert users alike. In addition, we are introducing a new leading edge floorplan-based technology for FPGA on-board optimization. Be one of the first to see live demonstrations of the new industry leading design entry technologies.

  • Using Accelerated Techniques to Exhaustively Scan Whole PCBs for Potential Problems
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    TECHNICAL SESSION In spite of efforts to make detailed SI and PI simulation as productive as possible, today’s constricted design windows make it difficult to analyze the electrical performance of an entire PCB. How can a designer ensure that no problems “sneak through” into production versions of a board? HyperLynx addresses this need with several automated features requiring minimal modeling and setup, but offering fast verification techniques that make triage of an entire PCB practical. These include accelerated approaches to DC-drop, thermal, crosstalk, and decoupling-capacitor-mounting analysis. Of special note is the new HyperLynx DRC product, a powerful, rules-based verification solution capable of exhaustively analyzing a routed board for common signal-integrity, power-integrity, and EMI/EMC design-guide violations. Out-of-the-box, HyperLynx DRC can rigorously find violations of 22 detailed electrical checks; companies can also author custom rule sets (encrypted, if desired) tailored to proprietary design processes. The DRC product is an exciting addition to the HyperLynx product line — be sure to learn about its unique capabilities in this session.