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CES for Expedition PCB

Categories: Expedition

This Course covers all the necessary skills required to use CES efficiently and effectively in DxDesigner-Expedition flow. View course highlights ↓


Our instructor-led online classes offer all the benefits of classroom training without the travel. Participate in a live classroom experience, complete with hands-on exercises and course materials, directly from your office.

Date Time Language Price
May 6–92014 8–2 PM
English 1,400 USD Register
Jun 24–272014 8–2 PM
English 1,400 USD Register
Jul 28–312014 8–2 PM
English 1,400 USD Register

Course Highlights

CES for Expedition® PCB will help you gain the ability to define and refine design constraints in a common environment that is accessible from many Mentor Graphics front-end and back-end design systems. Hands-on lab exercises will reinforce lecture and discussion topics under the guidance of our industry expert instructors. This course is offered both on Windows and Linux platforms. This course included a module on iCES.

You will learn how to

  • Define the main concepts and constraints hierarchy of CES
  • Enable CES as a constraint system in DxDesigner-Expedition
  • Find and filter data in the design database
  • Navigate and manipulate the constraints hierarchy
  • Use the spreadsheets, toolbars, preferences, and options efficiently
  • Reuse already defined constraints in other designs using Constraint Templates
  • Partition the design data using Net Classes, Constraint Classes, and Schemes
  • Set up mechanical constraints such as trace widths, via assignments, and clearances
  • Assign physical high-speed constraints including minimum and maximum delays, matched delays, delay formulas, custom and complex topologies, differential pairs, and parallelism rules to nets or group of nets
  • Auto-route the constrained nets and evaluate the routing results

Hands-on labs

  • Enabling CES and synchronizing databases in the following design flows
    • DxDesigner to Expedition Flow
  • User Interface
    • Customizing the Windows Display
    • Using the CES Browser and the Spreadsheets
    • Editing Data in Spreadsheets
    • Interfacing with the PCB Data
  • Setting Up Mechanical Constraints
    • Creating Schemes
    • Creating and Populating Net Classes
    • Setting up Trace and Via Properties
    • Setting up Clearance Rules
    • Setting up Z-Clearances
  • Setting up Physical High-Speed Constraints
    • Creating hierarchy of Constraint Classes
    • Assigning Standard, Custom, and Complex Topologies for a Net
    • Setting up Differential Pair Constraints
    • Setting up Maximum and Minimum delays, delay formulas, and Matched Length groups
    • Setting up Parallelism Rules
    • Auto route the nets constrained with both mechanical and high-speed requirements
  • Constraints Reuse
    • Importing Constraint Templates
    • Testing Constraint Templates
    • Assigning Constraint Templates

Key topics

  • CES Overview
  • CES in the flow
  • CES User Interface
  • Net Classes and Schemes
  • Setting up Mechanical Constraints
  • Constraint Classes
  • Net Properties and Differential Pairs
  • Delays and Parallelism
  • Constraint Templates


Course Details


Familiarity with concepts of PCB design and technology

Familiarity with Windows operating system

Course Part Number
  • Instructor-led: 236552
  • Live online: 239700
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