Mentor Graphics Releases Board Station XE Design Flow

Mentor Graphics Corporation, the market leader in printed circuit board (PCB) design software, announced the release of Board Station(R) XE, the next generation version of its Board Station design flow for large, enterprise customers. Board Station XE leverages customer’s existing IP (Intellectual Property), such as existing libraries, design data, and design capture infrastructure, while enabling adoption of Mentor’s most advanced technologies, including a common environment for layout, routing and manufacturing preparation. This extended design flow is added to the existing, proven capabilities of the Board Station design environment, allowing customers to adopt these new technologies at their own pace.

“We’ve been evaluating Board Station XE for a few months now and really like what we see,” said Mick Harvey, principal hardware engineer, SELEX Sensors and Airborne Systems. “We are particularly looking forward to getting access to the new functionality available so as to shorten design cycle times, improve productivity, reduce production costs and develop PCBs with new functionality, such as embedded passives.”

Board Station XE offers the advanced productivity design features found in Mentor’s AutoActive(R) placement, routing and manufacturing environment in addition to providing tightly integrated access to recently announced innovations such as the Topology Planner/Router and the patented XtremeAR and XtremePCB applications. These design applications, integrated within the flow, provide engineers and designers with unprecedented opportunities to reduce design cycle times, increase productivity, improve product costs and enable local or globally dispersed design teams to effectively collaborate.

“The Board Station XE flow provides customers with Mentor’s leadership technology while maintaining their ability to use existing libraries, library infrastructure, front-end design tools, and legacy design data,” said Henry Potts, vice president and general manager, Systems Design division, Mentor Graphics. “By increasing design efficiency and productivity Board Station XE addresses our customers’ most prevalent business drivers of significant reduction in time-to-market and cost.”

Board Station XE Overview
Board Station is the world’s leading solution for the design of highly complex PCBs and is the most comprehensive design solution on the market today with a 20 year legacy of designing cutting edge PCBs. Board Station XE now fits within that same design environment. Like Board Station, Board Station XE leverages the highly successful Board Architect schematic capture tool and is tightly integrated with Mentor’s IP infrastructure including Library Management System (LMS), DMS(TM) (Data Management System), I/O Designer(TM) and the Constraint Editor System(TM) (CES). Also integrated in the flow are leading high-speed design and analysis applications including ICX Pro(TM), ICX(R), HyperLynx(R) and Quiet(TM) Expert.

Pricing and Availability
Board Station XE is available immediately. For more information, call 800-547-3000.

About Mentor Graphics
Mentor Graphics Corporation (Nasdaq: MENT) 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 electronics and semiconductor companies. Established in 1981, the company reported revenues over the last 12 months of about $800 million and employs approximately 4,250 people worldwide. Corporate headquarters are located at 8005 S.W. Boeckman Road, Wilsonville, Oregon 97070-7777.

Mentor Graphics, ICX, HyperLynx, AutoActive and Board Station are registered trademarks of Mentor Graphics Corporation. Constraint Editor System, ICX Pro, Quiet Expert, DMS and I/O Designer are trademarks of Mentor Graphics Corporation.