Utilitek Systems, Inc.
Utilitek designs two extremely complex boards in significantly less time by employing Mentor concurrent design tools.
“Without Mentor’s concurrent design environment, we could not have done these projects.”
Utilitek Designs Aerospace Boards With Xtreme Design
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The Problem: Utilitek designs very complex PCBs. A large aerospace company approached Utilitek to design two extremely complex boards with a short turnaround time. The two boards were extremely complex with one board having 11,500 connections and 2,500 components; the other had 13,000 connections and 3,300 components. Both also had several large BGA parts that would have to be broken out and routed. In addition there were numerous differential pairs and mixed signals that comprised analog, digital, high speed memory, and power supply functions. Fortunately, both the customer and Utilitek had experience with Mentor tools and knew that Mentor’s concurrent design capabilities would allow the project to be completed on time.
The Solution: Employing Expedition Enterprise tools, including Xtreme technology, the Utilitek team used innovative concurrent design to meet the customer’s requirements. Utilitek leveraged the project by multiplexing engineers between the two designs. For example, one engineer would design the memory section of one board, and then do the memory of the other. In addition, the customer’s engineers were entering the schematic at the same time as Utilitek’s engineers were beginning the design. In addition, using Xtreme, multiple engineers and designers could work on the same board at the same time.
The Results: Utilitek began the project in December 2009, and finished both designs in August of 2010… on time and to the satisfaction of the customer. Unquestionably, the concurrent processes that Utilitek’s designers employed made the difference. Not only were the Utilitek designers working concurrently, but the customer’s engineers were remotely collaborating during schematic entry and simulation. The common Mentor tools, including Xtreme made the project possible. “We mixed our people and the customer’s people. We both used Xtreme. Without concurrent collaborative design, we would have taken substantially longer to complete. We would have had to do everything in series and could not have come close to their required schedule,” commented Glen Ball, Utilitek’s president, summarizing the projects.
“We have used Mentor tools for HDI many times and we did not worry about it…it was just a given that they would work properly.”
Utilitek Systems, Inc. has been helping maximize customers' productivity since 1986. We are a group of Electrical Engineers with extensive analog and digital hardware design experience. In addition we also have extensive experience developing CAE software. Our unique coupling of this experience with our expertise with Mentor Graphics software enables us to deliver outstanding products and services to you.