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Data management suite streamlines PCB design flow

Posted: 25 Jul 2014     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:design  environment  PCB  xDM  xPedition 

The various elements of the xDM solution are shown below. The data management portion of the system manages and restores design roll-back versions. It supports full concurrency in a managed way. It manages access permissions, and it maintains a complete history/family tree for design traceability.

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The design collaboration portion of the system facilitates the review and approval process, with easy access for peers and design reviewers to the latest and previous checked-in versions of the design. The system avoids the sharing or use of incorrect design versions. It supports collaboration across teams (including outsourcing and concurrency), and it provides manager notification for events and actions.

The process integration portion of the system includes a design cockpit for tools and data access. It simplifies the handling of complex ECAD data and prevents data loss caused by incorrect handling of the design data, and it ensures data integrity by managing the relationships among the schematic, layout, and analysis data.

Last, but certainly not least, the enterprise data exchange (EDX) is a secure data exchange and process integration standard that allows the capture of PCB-related data and IP in a consistent representation. The EDX also facilitates the sharing of this data safely and securely between any PCB design tools and third-party applications across the enterprise. Of particular interest is the fact that it provides a robust and stable interface that is independent of releases, vendors, and internal tool database structures.

The xDM product suite will be available in October. Meanwhile, the video below gives an overview of how the data management suite can eliminate rework and delays.

Effective PCB library and data management minimises unexpected costs and product delays by helping engineers make better part choices earlier in the design cycle and by efficiently analysing and managing electronic parts databases. Source: Mentor

- Clive Maxfield
  EE Times

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