Mentor Graphics Launches New Xpedition Data Management Design Solution to Ensure Flow-Wide PCB Data Accuracy, Integrity, and Se

  Mentor Graphics Launches New Xpedition Data Management Design Solution to
Ensure Flow-Wide PCB Data Accuracy, Integrity, and Security for the Enterprise

PR Newswire

WILSONVILLE, Ore., July 23, 2014

WILSONVILLE, Ore., July 23, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --Mentor Graphics Corporation
(NASDAQ: MENT), the market and technology leader in printed circuit board
(PCB) design solutions, today announced its next offering in the new
Xpedition® platform, the Xpedition Data Management (xDM) product suite. The
xDM Design product suite provides a flow-wide information hub that manages the
PCB design data that is created, reused, imported, or released from the Mentor
Graphics® Xpedition Enterprise platform. As a single, comprehensive data
management solution, the xDM Design solution manages design data for
work-in-progress designs, and library and component data for the entire PCB
design flow. The xDM Design product ensures the accuracy, integrity and
security of the PCB data used throughout the enterprise flow. This results in
cost reduction, increased productivity, and data protection across each state
of the PCB development process to efficiently manage complexity.

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"Mentor's xDM Design enables us to increase visibility of the work-in-progress
ECAD design process which fosters collaboration within design teams, as well
as with external disciplines. Instead of relying on each individual, we can
increase traceability of the design data and prevent the design from becoming
a 'black box' where only designers know what's going on," stated Hiroyuki
Moriya, manager of engineering management at JRC, Ltd. "We plan to streamline
the approval and review process by doing it all online which should reduce
manual processes, paper, and errors. We consider our work-in-progress data our
corporate IP and xDM Design's tight integration with the Xpedition flow is
essential to transform "black-box" data into true IP."

Integrated PCB Design Data Management with xDM Design
Mentor Graphics manages the increasing challenges and complexity of PCB
systems design with the xDM Design solution which is an integral part of the
xDM suite.The xDM Design tool efficiently manages data from a broad range of
sources, serving as a central design "cockpit" for all tools and data used by
the project stakeholders. A key feature is design traceability, which creates
a family tree and tracks all events associated with design objects.The xDM
Design collaboration client feature enables team collaboration across the
enterprise, providing complete design viewing in a web browser, allowing
redlines and mark-ups for design reviews.The collaboration client also
enables quick access to design state information including metrics such as
total parts, total nets, constraints, and per cent routed — enabling
management to have a quick read of design status at any time.

The xDM Design product provides an automated index of all ECAD design
metrics—gathering, tracking, and analyzing design state data at multiple
levels: design status, online hazards, annotation status, and design
constraints, also providing the ability to search on desired metrics. This
unique set of project meta-data is only visible available from within Mentor
Graphics products.

"As the market-share leader in PCB systems design software, our Xpedition data
management solution far exceeds the capabilities of other data management
tools in the industry," stated Henry Potts, general manager and senior vice
president of Mentor Graphics Systems Design Division. "Our mission is to
provide advanced technologies and services that ease the customers' increasing
design challenges. Our new xDM Design solution provides a single,
comprehensive flow-wide information hub that delivers accurate and secure
design and process data needed for systems design team success."

Integrated PCB Library Management with xDM Library
The xDM product suite also includes xDM Library, which enables comprehensive
library development and management, including part creation, 3D modelling,
component management, and process integration.

Some of the key features for xDM Library include:

  oLibrary editing for symbols, cells, and padstacks with integrated
    distribution for the enterprise
  oProviding a central hub for 3D model management – supporting both
    Mentor®-provided 3D models and custom 3D STEP models

An advanced xDM Library option is available, and this version provides the
following automated features:

  oComponent data management including incorporation of company-specific part
    data, alternates, supplier information, where-used checking for
    obsolescence, BOM access for early compliance checking, , and management
    of preferred parts lists
  oProcess integration across the flow, where engineers doing design work
    have direct access to the rich component data, providing automatic
    filtering of preferred parts, comparison and identification of alternate
    parts from vendor datasheets, ECAD BOM management, and compliance audits
    on design BOMs

The xDM Library ensures product quality and cost efficiency by providing
visibility of key design and part selection factors early in the development
process for fast and upfront identification of preferred viable parts to avoid
costly rework downstream. The xDM Library enables reduced infrastructure cost
by leveraging library parts across multiple locations, maximum leverage of
existing inventory, and the prevention of part shortages.

Mentor Graphics xDM Products and Enterprise Data eXchange (EDX)
Enterprise Data eXchange (EDX) is a new standard data format which allows the
capture of PCB-related IP in a consistent representation to facilitate sharing
this data across the enterprise safely and securely. EDX enables secure data
exchange and process integration between the customer's PCB tools and any
third-party applications used across the enterprise. EDX provides a robust and
stable data format, independent of product releases, vendors, and internal
tool database structures. The Mentor Graphics xDM Design product suite
provides EDX designs and libraries as standard outputs to facilitate data
exchange with other third party applications.

Product Availability and Additional Information
The xDM product suite will be available in October 2014. For more information,
contact a local Mentor Graphics sales representative, or visit the product

About Mentor Graphics
Mentor Graphics Corporation 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 electronic,
semiconductor and systems companies. Established in 1981, the company reported
revenues in the last fiscal year in excess of $1.15 billion. Corporate
headquarters are located at 8005 S.W. Boeckman Road, Wilsonville, Oregon
97070-7777. World Wide Web site:

(Mentor Graphics, Mentor and Xpedition are trademarks of Mentor Graphics
Corporation. All other company or product names are the registered trademarks
or trademarks of their respective owners)

For more information, please contact:
Larry Toda
Mentor Graphics

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