PADS PCB product creation platform has V-drop and cooling features

May 04, 2016 // By Graham Prophet
Mentor Graphics has announced a product-creation platform based on PADS PCB software that enables individual engineers and small teams to solve today’s engineering challenges. The PADS platform has been extended to enable engineers to develop PCB-based systems from concept through manufacturing hand-off.

The product creation process, Mentor asserts, is much more than schematic capture and board layout – there is component selection, signal and power integrity, electronic cooling, form and fit, and design for manufacturability. With this release, the PADS platform extends its product-creation solution by integrating PADS HyperLynx DC Drop and PADS FloTHERM XT tools at what Mentor terms unprecedented price-performance.


By adding HyperLynx DC Drop analysis to the PADS platform, engineers can create electronic products ranging from low-power wearable devices to products that require high-power processors. The increasing number of power rails in modern devices can result in non-functional or hard-to-debug design if analysis isn't used early in the design process.


The PADS HyperLynx DC Drop product quickly identifies problem areas in the design which would be difficult to find in the lab on a prototype. The DC Drop tool quickly provides investigative solutions which the user can apply in an easy-to-use environment. Results can be validated in layout to ensure that appropriate guidelines were followed, thus reducing prototype spins. With the DC Drop product, engineers can:

- Optimize the power distribution network (PDN) for efficient, clean, multi-voltage power to ICs.

- Quickly analyze voltage drops caused by insufficient copper across power supply rails, thus eliminating time-consuming troubleshooting of prototypes.

- Identify layout areas that contain excessive current density so they can be eliminated early.


With the PADS product creation platform, a system’s thermal profile requirements can be achieved quickly, easily, and affordably. The PADS FloTHERM XT product is an electronics cooling solution that can be used as early as placement to identify thermal effects of the entire system. Using the SmartParts feature, designers can build simple models in minutes, apply complex mechanical parts directly from MCAD, create custom CAD geometry with ease, and import detailed electronic assemblies from EDA tools. PADS FloTHERM XT offers:

- A CAD-centric solution for thermal simulation and electronic cooling.

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