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Xpedition Enterprise

 Xpedition Enterprise is a powerful and innovative PCB design flow that offers a range of advanced features and capabilities to help designers create high-quality PCBs in less time, with improved efficiency and accuracy.

 

Whether you are working on a small project or a large-scale PCB design, Xpedition Enterprise can help you streamline your workflow and achieve better results.

 

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  • Complexity Management
  • Collaboration
  • Reliability and Quality
  • Intellectual Property Management

Mastering complexity leveraging digital threads

The rapid advancement of technology and its integration into various industries, particularly the electronics sector, has led to a significant increase in complexity. Digital threads offer a seamless framework for data flow throughout a product’s lifecycle, from ideation to utilization, fostering collaboration and informed decision-making. They intersect various domains, ensuring information consistency and accessibility.

This paper examines the concept of digital threads as a means of managing this complexity in electronic systems design and manufacturing, highlighting five integral threads: architecture, component, design data, verification, and manufacturing. Adopting digital threads becomes imperative for those seeking to navigate and thrive amidst the intricate landscape of electronic systems design and manufacturing.

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PCB design best practice

Today, PCB design teams must deliver more complex products on even more compressed schedules. Get ahead of these challenges by learning the best practices of modern PCB design, which we have broken down into the five pillars of digital transformation.

  • Digitally integrated and optimized

    Establishing a digitally integrated solution across multiple domains reduces manual intervention, fosters collaboration, and improves transparency across disciplines.

    With a digitally integrated and optimized multi-domain environment, all engineering teams, including IC, IC packaging, FPGA, and PCB design within electronics, as well as mechanical and software, can optimize the costs associated with a project, accelerate design time, manage data integrity, and improve the quality of results. The best practices that can enable a digitally integrated and optimized multi-domain environment include:

    • ECAD/MCAD collaboration
    • Design/Manufacturing
    • Library and data management

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  • Engineering productivity and efficiency

    In general, the PCB design process is the same no matter the tool, the team, the company, or the culture. The differentiator is the manner of execution, where engineering productivity & efficiency play a significant role. This enables you to:

    • Predictably and reliably manage complex and high-capacity designs.
    • Utilize advanced interactive and automated design support to accelerate routine tasks.
    • Design correct-by-construction with a constraint-driven process.
    • Implement concurrent team design-driven cycle-time reduction.


    The best practices that can enable engineering productivity and efficiency include:

    • Design automation
    • Analog/digital/RF
    • Concurrent design
    • Design reuse
    • Constraint driven design
    • Advanced design

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  • Digital-prototype driven verification

    While product and design complexity increases, associated tools and process complexity are also rising. By integrating verification throughout PCB design - starting very early, long before physical prototypes - engineering teams can smooth the entire electronic systems design process and increase design quality through digital-prototype driven, shift-left verification and cross-domain modeling.

    Shift-left verification in the design flow eliminates the specialist bottleneck by using automated, integrated tools. Cost and time are saved by finding problems early, during design, minimizing design iterations, and manufacturing respins.

    The best practices that can enable digital-prototype-driven verification include a shift-left approach to:

    • Schematic analysis
    • Thermal analysis
    • SI/PI
    • AMS
    • Manufacturability

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  • Model-based systems engineering

    From system requirements to implementation and manufacturing, a model-based systems engineering approach allows team members to view the entire system (electronic, electrical, mechanical, and software) and model pieces of that system, defining and optimizing interconnectivity and traceability from one domain to the other.

    The best practices that can enable system-level model-based engineering include:

    • Multi-board
    • Electrical/electronic
    • FPGA/PCB optimization
    • IC/Package/PCB

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  • Supply chain resilience

    Electronic systems design companies have always depended on a value chain of suppliers and manufacturing services to bring successful products to market. Connecting the demand for a product with the supply of its necessary parts has never been more complex than it is today. The answer is to design for supply chain resilience.

    The best practices that can enable supply chain resilience include:

    • BOM validation
    • Best-known part availability
    • Validation of alternates

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Leveraging 3D layout to optimize PCB systems designs

Visualize and validate PCB designs as if they were already manufactured. With Xpedition, designers and engineers can easily understand the physical product, enabling identification of electro-mechanical problems early in the design cycle and avoiding costly re-designs. A photorealistic view of all board elements also helps with flex design challenges. This paper describes six ways to maximize the benefits of 3D technology.

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The Xpedition Enterprise advantage

Xpedition Enterprise is a comprehensive PCB design flow that offers a range of innovative technologies and features to streamline the entire design process from system design definition to manufacturing execution. The platform provides a robust set of tools and capabilities to help designers create high-quality PCBs in less time, with improved efficiency and accuracy.

One of the key benefits of Xpedition Enterprise is its ability to significantly reduce design cycles. By providing a range of automated features and powerful tools, the platform can help designers complete their work much faster, without sacrificing quality or accuracy. This can lead to significant time savings and improved resource efficiency, making it a valuable tool for any PCB designer.

In addition to its speed and efficiency, Xpedition Enterprise also offers a range of advanced features and technologies to help designers create high-quality PCBs. This includes advanced routing and layout tools, signal and power integrity analysis, and real-time collaboration and communication features that allow designers to work together more effectively.

Overall, Xpedition Enterprise is a powerful and innovative PCB design flow that offers a range of advanced features and capabilities to help designers create high-quality PCBs in less time, with improved efficiency and accuracy. Whether you are working on a small project or a large-scale PCB design, Xpedition Enterprise can help you streamline your workflow and achieve better results.

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Tour Xpedition Enterprise in 7 minutes

In this video, you will learn about how Xpedition Enterprise works in seven short minutes. Xpedition Enterprise is the industry’s most innovative PCB design collaboration platform, providing integration from system design definition to manufacturing execution.

Areas discussed in this video:

  • System partitioning
  • System connectivity
  • Multi-board System
  • Schematic design
  • Schematic Integrity
  • Analog Simulation
  • Library
  • PCB Routing
  • Team design
  • 3D PCB Design
  • 3D Rigid-Flex
  • Substrate Cavities
  • ECAD-MCAD Co-design
  • Signal Integrity
  • Power Integrity
  • Design Rule Checking
  • Electromagnetic Field Solver
  • Thermal Analysis
  • Vibration Analysis
  • Design for Manufacturing and Assembly
  • EDM- Data Management

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Complexity Management

Manage increasing systems complexity while optimizing individual and organizational productivity

  • Manage complex multi-board system design
  • Optimize PCB design based on mechanical and manufacturability constraints
  • 3D design and interference checking accelerates ECAD/MCAD co-design
  • Simplify rigid-flex design with a full 3D environment for design and validation
  • Combine the power of auto-routing with user control to yield high-quality results in a fraction of typical interactive routing time
  • Route complex boards including advanced DDRx circuits in minutes

Collaboration

Enable collaboration across teams, disciplines, and the supply chain

  • Secure library & design management streamlines multi-user/site collaboration
  • Web-based collaboration environment communicates design state & enable review
  • Optimize geographically distributed resources and accelerate design cycles with concurrent team design at every stage of the design process
  • Fast and error free bidirectional data exchange with enterprise systems
  • Easy to use multi-FPGA on board I/O optimization reduces layer count, cost and design time
  • Streamline collaboration between PCB layout & MCAD within their native context

Reliability and Quality

Virtually prototype systems during the design stage to mitigate costs and liability

  • Correct by construction methodology optimizes design quality
  • Design for performance with complete suite of integrated 2D/3D analysis and rule checking tools
  • Improve electrical, thermal and electromechanical quality and reliability
  • Ensure intent, performance, and reliability of analog / mixed-signal (AMS) circuits
  • Seamless and accurate representation of both electronic and electromechanical circuit elements
  • Concurrent DFM validation during design catches issues early and is critical to a lean NPI process

Intellectual Property Management

Institutionalize best practices and design reuse

  • Foundation for multi-discipline collaboration including mechanical, harness, and 3rd party enterprise systems
  • Ensure data integrity across large multi-site teams
  • Enable collaboration across the team and reduce defects with centralized WIP design data management
  • Facilitate informed decision support
  • Manage reuse of critical IP in the form of component libraries, reuse blocks, boards and cables
  • Significantly reduce costs and time associated with part research and library creation

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