Mentor PCB Forum

Mentor PCB Forum

Xpedition PCB environment


Mentor PCB Forum was held this year on May 14 in Conference Centre The Koningshof in Veldhoven, where more than 60 electronic designers and users of Mentor Graphics PCB tools came together to learn more about the new Xpedition PCB environment.

During a full day with presentations and demonstrations a lot of new functionality and features where shown on several products in this new Xpedition VX flow.


The schematic capture environment Xpedition xDX Designer has been enhanced with many usability improvements such as: smart tooltips with short video's, smart component and net selection and multi-net connection. But also the ability to store your favorite components in a special MyParts window will speed up the component placement of frequently used components. Furthermore for companies dealing with larger systems that include multiple boards interconnected by cables or backplanes, the new xSD Systems Designer has been presented and demonstrated. xSD Systems Designer will capture and manage a total system from the top down through the backplane and cables or harnesses to the xDxDesigner/Xpedition PCB board projects.


For complex PCB projects, a formal signoff process is crucial. HyperLynx DRC was shown allowing designers to run their boards through a series of design rule checks (DRC) making sure they can sign off their project before going into production and release.


Also the new functionality in Xpedition xPCB Layout has been covered such as: improved windows management, extensively customizable working environment, advanced grouping and clustering of components, net explorer, extended set of fanout patterns. A good example of the power of this new VX release is the sketch router, that enables PCB layouters to perform their routing in a very productive way resulting in high quality results in a much shorter time.


The day has been concluded with a presentation and demo how the Xpedition Lean NPI flow (New Product Introduction based on Valor technology) will help to avoid costly manufacturability issues which can be found much earlier in the design process.


Feel free to contact us if you need more information about the Xpedition PCB environment or orther products.




12th November 2020 Release HyperLynx VX.2.8
12th November 2020 Release Xpedition VX.2.8
12th November 2020 Release PADS VX.2.8
15th October 2020 Release Polarion ALM 20 R2
16th April 2020 DownStream Release Update
10th March 2020 What's New in PADS VX.2.7
26th September 2019 DownStream Release Update
23rd September 2019 Polarion ALM 19.2 Release
10th September 2019 Mentor VX.2.6. Release
10th April 2019 Release Polarion ALM 19
24th January 2019 Release Sherlock 6.1
18th December 2018 Release FloEFD Version 18.0
26th September 2018 BOM Connector 8 Released
17th September 2018 Xpedition® - VX.2.4 Released
14th September 2018 PADS VX.2.4. released
11th September 2018 HyperLynx VX.2.4 Released
7th September 2018 FloTHERM® ΔTJ Award
13th March 2018 New Release FloMASTER V9.0
26th February 2018 New Release PADS VX.2.3
8th February 2018 FloEFD Frontloading CFD Award
14th November 2017 New Release FloTHERM XT V3.1
21st August 2017 BOM Connector 7.6 Released
20th July 2017 Release of FloTHERM v12
29th August 2016 PADS VX.2 Now Available
29th February 2016 Sherlock User Forum
1st February 2016 TLA Winner 2015
4th August 2015 New PADS Solutions!
29th June 2015 UVM Framework
23rd June 2015 PCB Sketch Router
21st April 2015 HDL Designer 2015.1 Release
19th February 2015 BOM Connector™
14th December 2014 Multi-board PCB Systems Design
9th September 2014 New course: Introduction to UVM
20th May 2014 Mentor PCB Forum
18th March 2014 Xpedition VX release
3rd February 2014 DfR Solutions - Best of 2013
22nd October 2012 Dongle discontinuations
19th October 2012 PADS 9.5 Now Available!
20th April 2011 Introducing Questa Core
1st February 2011 PADS 9.3 available
22nd November 2010 Why customers choose BluePrint
30th June 2010 PADS9.2 Available
8th June 2010 5 Reasons to Adopt PLM
18th March 2010 Mentor-Valor Acquisition
15th February 2010 InnoFour goes Scandinavia
18th January 2010 PADS v9.1 available
9th October 2009 CAM350 v10.1 available
26th May 2009 Introducing PADS v9.0
2nd February 2009 CAM350-150 Bundle Introduction