28 Apr '15, 3pm

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But what the independent designer does not need is a dumbed-down tool that can’t handle today’s design challenges like high-speed design, signal and power integrity, thermal analysis and management, and so forth. Mentor has addressed this with a three-tier PADS product portfolio. At the low end, “PADS Standard” brings the basics - schematic capture and layout - at a price comparable to the least expensive professional-grade desktop tools - about $5K, including support. Moving up one grade, “PADS Standard Plus” adds more layout features, constraint management, and simulation, and the price bumps up to $10K counting support. Then, the top of the line is “PADS Professional” which brings all the features of PADS Standard Plus but also brings the much higher performance of the Xpedition layout engine - including advanced productivity features like the (very cool) sketch router....

Full article: http://www.eejournal.com/archives/articles/20150428-pads/

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