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Mentor Graphics Launches New Xpedition Data Management Design Solution to Ensure Flow-Wide PCB Data

Jul 23, 2014

Mentor Graphics Corporation (NASDAQ: MENT), the market and technology leader in printed circuit board (PCB) design solutions, today announced its next  offering in the new Xpedition® platform, the  Xpedition Data Management (xDM) product suite. The xDM Design product suite provides a flow-wide information hub that manages the PCB design data that is created, reused, imported, or released from the Mentor Graphics® Xpedition Enterprise platform.  As a single, comprehensive data management solution, the xDM Design solution manages design data for work-in-progress designs, and library and component data for the entire PCB design flow. The xDM Design product ensures the accuracy, integrity and security of the PCB data used throughout the enterprise flow. This results in cost reduction, increased productivity, and data protection across each state of the PCB development process to efficiently manage complexity.

Mentor’s xDM Design enables us to increase visibility of the work-in-progress ECAD design process which fosters collaboration within design teams, as well as with external disciplines. Instead of relying on each individual, we can increase traceability of the design data and prevent the design from becoming a ‘black box’ where only designers know what’s going on,” stated Hiroyuki Moriya, manager of engineering management at JRC, Ltd. “We plan to streamline the approval and review process by doing it all online which should reduce manual processes, paper, and errors. We consider our work-in-progress data our corporate IP and xDM Design’s tight integration with the Xpedition flow is essential to transform “black-box” data into true IP.

Integrated PCB Design Data Management with xDM Design

Mentor Graphics manages the increasing challenges and complexity of PCB systems design with the xDM Design solution which is an integral part of the xDM suite.  The xDM Design tool efficiently manages data from a broad range of sources, serving as a central design “cockpit” for all tools and data used by the project stakeholders. A key feature is design traceability, which creates a family tree and tracks all events associated with design objects.  The xDM Design collaboration client feature enables team collaboration across the enterprise, providing complete design viewing in a web browser, allowing redlines and mark-ups for design reviews.  The collaboration client also enables quick access to design state information including metrics such as total parts, total nets, constraints, and per cent routed — enabling management to have a quick read of design status at any time.

The xDM Design product provides an automated index of all ECAD design metrics-gathering, tracking, and analyzing design state data at multiple levels:  design status, online hazards, annotation status, and design constraints, also providing the ability to search on desired metrics.  This unique set of project meta-data is only visible available from within Mentor Graphics products.

As the market-share leader in PCB systems design software, our Xpedition data management solution far exceeds the capabilities of other data management tools in the industry,” stated Henry Potts, general manager and senior vice president of Mentor Graphics Systems Design Division. “Our mission is to provide advanced technologies and services that ease the customers’ increasing design challenges. Our new xDM  Design solution provides a single, comprehensive flow-wide information hub that delivers accurate and secure design and process data needed for systems design team success.

Integrated PCB Library Management with xDM Library

The xDM product suite also includes xDM Library, which enables comprehensive library development and management, including part creation, 3D modelling, component management, and process integration.

Some of the key features for xDM Library include:

  • Library editing for symbols, cells, and padstacks with integrated distribution for the enterprise
  • Providing a central hub for 3D model management – supporting both Mentor®-provided 3D models and custom 3D STEP models
  • An advanced xDM Library option is available, and this version provides the following automated features:
  • Component data management including incorporation of company-specific part data, alternates, supplier information, where-used checking for obsolescence, BOM access for early compliance checking, , and management of preferred parts lists
  • Process integration across the flow, where engineers doing design work have direct access to the rich component data, providing automatic filtering of preferred parts, comparison and identification of  alternate parts from vendor datasheets, ECAD BOM management, and compliance audits on design BOMs

The xDM Library ensures product quality and cost efficiency by providing visibility of key design and part selection factors early in the development process for fast and upfront identification of preferred viable parts to avoid costly rework downstream. The xDM Library enables reduced infrastructure cost by leveraging library parts across multiple locations, maximum leverage of existing inventory, and the prevention of part shortages.

Mentor Graphics xDM Products and Enterprise Data eXchange (EDX)

Enterprise Data eXchange (EDX) is a new standard data format which allows the capture of PCB-related IP in a consistent representation to facilitate sharing this data across the enterprise safely and securely.  EDX enables secure data exchange and process integration between the customer’s PCB tools and any third-party applications used across the enterprise. EDX provides a robust and stable data format, independent of product releases, vendors, and internal tool database structures. The Mentor Graphics xDM Design product suite provides EDX designs and libraries as standard outputs to facilitate data exchange with other third party applications.

Product Availability and Additional Information

The xDM product suite will be available in October 2014. For more information, contact a local Mentor Graphics sales representative, or visit the product website:

Mentor Graphics Corporation is a world leader in electronic hardware and software design solutions, providing products, consulting services and award-winning support for the world’s most successful electronic, semiconductor and systems companies. Established in 1981, the company reported revenues in the last fiscal year in excess of $1.15 billion. Corporate headquarters are located at 8005 S.W. Boeckman Road, Wilsonville, Oregon 97070-7777. World Wide Web site:

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