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Discussion in 'Electronic Design' started by Myauk, Sep 27, 2006.

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  1. Myauk

    Myauk Guest

    Can anybody explain to me about mentor graphics?
    Where can I possibly find a manual for beginners.
    Now I am using Mentor Graphics for extracting information.
    As my senior had told me to do, I needed to open the design manager.
    Then I needed to select the file I want to view, say: Design Object, I
    don't know, and then I needed to go to Board Process by right mouse
    Then I saw Board Design Process.
    Then I needed to do view point latch.
    Then I need to execute Board Design.
    There poped out Board Design Flow.
    Then I needed to execute and complete Schematic Entry and Layout Place
    & Route.
    After that I needed to executesynchronization.
    Actually I just do not know why I needed to do all this.
    The purpose is I want to put the layout and artwork diagrams together
    for some service maunals.
    Can anyone show me the starting point to learn Mentor Graphics
    It is working in a network.
  2. Joel Kolstad

    Joel Kolstad Guest


    "Mentor Graphics" is a company that has many difference products. Could you
    tell us which one you're using? (Even for something as apparently simple as
    PCB design they have 3 different products!) After you tell us that, you might
    re-post your question to sci.electronics.cad. Truth be told, though, for
    relatively high-end software such as you're using, I've had better luck on
    forums specifically targeted towards the product in question -- on Usenet here
    the audience is nowhere near as "focused."

    You might also Google for "name of software you're using" and, e.g.,
    "tutorial"; I remember finding an Ansoft Designer tutorial on the web that
    was much better than what came with the product itself.

  3. Myauk

    Myauk Guest

    Thanks Joel

    Gradually I found that the product I am using is Mentor Graphics
    Software executing under Sun SPARC Solaris in association with

    They use Hummingbird ConnectivityTM, containing Hummingbird
    Neighbourhood for Windows 2000/XP/2003 Version 11.0 for working on the
    data stored in server from client computer, Exceed on Demand for
    running application Mentor Graphics handled by Sun SPARC Solaris Server
    on WindowsXP Platform.

    So generally I understand the working scheme of the environment I am
    working on.

    I am an electronics engineer and I just wanted to specialize in Design
    and Development of Mixed Signal and Power Electronics.

    Anyway I need to learn the EDA environment too.

    The problem is how much I need to go in depth in these software
    applications while I still have to learn the detailed design of

    By the way Thank You Very Much for your good care and kindness on me.


  4. Ban

    Ban Guest

    It's better to put the answer below and snip the parts a bit to facilitate
    the understanding.

    I've worked since '85 with that software, but it is a specialized version
    for Hybrid design. You should get familiar with the schematic entry and the
    simulation module (M-Spice), but the board design and the libraries are
    usually done by a specialized technician. So a rough overview in that area
    is more than enough.
    I love the SW, though the simulation part is not that easy and it's better
    to have a colleage demonstrate and help you in the beginning.
  5. Robert

    Robert Guest

    So far you've talked about the Computer and Operating Systems (and Network
    connection software) but you haven't mentioned what Joel asked, i.e. "What
    Mentor Graphics Program are you using?".

    None of what you said specifies which of (I know of at least 3) the PCB
    Board layout programs Mentor Graphics sells.

    And most people around here would prefer that you bottom post rather than
    top post as you were doing.

  6. Myauk

    Myauk Guest


    I needed to open Hummingbird Exceed onDemand software first.

    It has a command editor which has a title: Platform V2.7.

    Then I have to choose the PCB Technology.

    After choosing the PCB Technology (class 5 wave, class 3 wave, etc..),
    there comes the Design Manager.

    By clicking Help>more help>on version; I found Falcon Framework

    Then there comes the FlowXpert board process, if I wish to synchronize
    the lay out and Schematic.

    And if I wish to print Lay out + Art work; there comes fablink.

    If I want a separate artwork, I need to create art data from fablink
    and then, I need to type
    gerberview -f <artwork_x> from the command editor.

    I do not know how the softward of Mentor Graphics organized!

  7. Robert

    Robert Guest

    Bottom Posting:

    With FlowXpert it's a good chance you're using Mentor Graphics Expedition
    Board layout package. Though it's still possible someone has hooked up
    FlowXpert to a PADS install.

    This is a set of Forums for the Mentor Graphics PCB packages. You'll still
    need to know if you're using Expedition or PADS to post to the right one.

  8. Myauk

    Myauk Guest

    Thanks for the link.

    How should I find out whether the software is Expedition or PADS??

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