[VX.2.8] PADS – Complete PCB design solution

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In the large-scale electronic industry and mechanical product design, the application of circuits is a very critical component, which controls the whole operation process of all equipment. When the circuit you designed is not perfect enough, it may cause great loss to the designed machinery. Therefore, in the process and design of heavy industry, using tools such as PADS to simulate PCB circuit design is a very important step.

PADS is a classic and professional schematic capture and PCB design software developed by Mentor Graphics, specially made for all types of circuit design engineers and technicians. From the initial schematic drawing to the manufacturing environment simulation of the production process, it provides the user with a complete set of professional design workflows, so as to ensure that your circuit design can reach the optimal condition for carrying equipment operation. In fact, PADS is one of the most commonly used tools for high-end PCB design users.

PADS mainly consists of three components: PADS Logic, PADS Layout and PADS Router. Among them, PADS Logic is responsible for the design of schematics; PADS Layout is responsible for PCB layout and copper laying; PADS Router is responsible for PCB routing. In addition, PADS Layout also provides interfaces for working together with other PCB design software, CAM processing software and mechanical design software, so as to facilitate the data conversion and data transmission works under different design environments.

// Key Features //

Feature Description
Schematic Design Integrated schematic capture for creative, top-quality, electronic product design.
Analog/Mixed-Signal Circuit Simulation Design, simulate, and analyze mixed-technology circuits with PADS AMS desktop and cloud-based solutions.
Simulation & Analysis Analyze, solve, and verify critical design requirements during product creation.
Constraint Management Manage hierarchical rules that drive correct-by-construction design.
Data Management Build and manage components and automate archive management.
PCB Layout Powerful PCB layout capabilities for easy design of printed circuit boards.
ECAD-MCAD Consider form/fit issues early in the product creation process.
Collaboration Collaborate with team members and leverage an ecosystem of reference designs and libraries.
Design for Manufacturing Analyze, test, identify, and correct design, fabrication, and assembly issues before manufacturing.

// Official Demo Videos //

// Edition Statement //

AppNee provides the PADS Professional Edition multilingual full installers, unlocked files and license maker for Windows 32-bit and 64-bit.

// Installation Notes //

for VX.2.8:

  1. Run “License Maker/MakeLic.bat” to generate a “licensefile.dat” file
  2. Create folder “MentorGraphics” under “C:\“, then copy “licensefile.dat” to this folder
  3. Double the reg key file “Environment.reg” to import license info
  4. Install PADS (choose “Install Products“)
  5. When it shows you “Licensing not found“, click ‘Yes‘, choose “Import License“, click ‘Next
  6. Click ‘Browse‘, set “File of Types” to “License Files (*.dat)“, enter “C:\MentorGraphics\” and open “licensefile.dat“, and click ‘Next
  7. At the “Post Installation Scripts” step , choose “I would like to continue through licensing setup“, click ‘Next‘, choose “Mobile Compute“, choose “MGLS Licensing“, and click ‘Next
  8. Repeat step 6
  9. Click ‘Next‘ and finish installation
  10. Done

*** You may need to restart the installer if it does not show correctly.

for VX.2.7:

  1. Run “getLicense.bat” to generate a “license.txt” file
  2. Install program (it is recommended not to install the server)
  3. Copy the unlocked files (the “PADSVX.2.7” folder) to installation folder and overwrite
  4. Done

// Download URLs //

License Version Download Size
Professional Edition VX.2.8 reserved 5.68 GB


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