Mentor Graphics Releases Expedition Enterprise - The Next Generation PCB Systems Design Solution for Enterprise Electronics Companies
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Mentor Graphics Releases Expedition Enterprise - The Next Generation PCB Systems Design Solution for Enterprise Electronics Companies

WILSONVILLE, Ore.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Oct. 24, 2005— Mentor Graphics Corporation (Nasdaq: MENT), the leader in printed circuit board (PCB) design solutions, today announced its new Expedition(TM) Enterprise flow for PCB systems design. This flow enables large electronics companies to leverage their multi-disciplined design team resources, and create and provide access to their intellectual property on a global basis. It also allows companies to integrate their design data with corporate PLM, and supply chain and manufacturing systems, as well as to communicate with outsourced design and manufacturing. Expedition Enterprise can significantly improve competitiveness and performance by combining advanced PCB design technology with library and design data management, and a unified constraint editing system.

"To better serve the needs of our automotive customers, we had to address the challenges, as well as leverage the benefits of working in a global enterprise," stated Rick Sturgeon, executive director, Engineering Operations and PBU IT, Johnson Controls, Inc., a Fortune 70 company that is a global leader in automotive systems, building controls, and facility management. "We needed to improve operational efficiency through reduced design cycle time and product costs, with improved design quality. The Expedition Enterprise design flow enables us to leverage our design team resources and intellectual property to achieve our objectives."

Expedition Enterprise Flow Overview

Expedition Enterprise addresses the challenges of the global enterprise, including intellectual property management, supply chain integration, and design team management across multiple sites. It integrates and manages the system design flow and enables seamless data transfer among design teams, improving designer productivity and design team collaboration, while facilitating communication with the corporate enterprise. This new solution offers improved library management which simplifies supply chain management, increases library quality, and reduces product costs. Expedition Enterprise also integrates FPGA and PCB design flows, allowing concurrent design that leverages the FPGA's I/O flexibility, and addresses routing and timing challenges, and facilitates common design constraint management. Expedition Enterprise is available on multiple hardware platforms to support existing hardware investments

"Expedition Enterprise is the culmination of recent technology acquisitions combined with significant engineering effort to deliver the next-generation PCB systems design solution," stated Henry Potts, vice president and general manager of Mentor Graphics' Systems Design Division. "Expedition Enterprise was created in collaboration with our global customers to solve their enterprise business and technical design challenges."

Functional Overview

-- Library creation -- Creates all library elements in a single design environment, leveraging the supply chain for web-based components that minimize library development time and increase its quality

-- Design data management -- Manages library and design data to ensure appropriate access to and integration with corporate product life-cycle management systems

-- Constraint editor system -- Provides common rule definition and verification environment for physical and electrical constraints, from design capture through layout

-- Design definition -- Utilizes powerful hierarchy to capture large designs quickly, reuse proven circuits and attributes, and manage hundreds of variant designs

-- Functional verification -- Quickly simulates analog, digital and mixed-signal circuits within an integrated environment

-- PCB/FPGA co-design -- Concurrently designs an integrated FPGA/PCB system for optimal system performance and reduced design cycle time

-- Signal integrity verification -- Leverages an advanced multi-lingual device and interconnect modeling environment to verify the integrity of synchronous and asynchronous signals

-- Design layout -- Utilizes AutoActive correct-by-construction methodology to place and route complex PCBs in a single design environment based on constraints for advanced interconnect and high-speed

-- Concurrent team layout -- Optimizes design team resources and reduces design cycle time through simultaneous design on a common database

-- Design for fabrication -- Runs fabrication checks and facilitates fixes in a single environment, reducing design cycle iterations and increasing design manufacturability

-- Manufacturing preparation -- Easily creates and validates board panels, copper balancing, and product documentation within the common layout editor

-- Process customization -- Automates and extends the design environment using industry-standard languages to achieve company-specific design process optimization

About Expedition Enterprise

This new tool suite provides superior integration of Mentor's proven and industry-leading technology. Expedition Enterprise builds on the core flow with critical plug-ins to improve designer productivity and support advanced design technologies. The new flow encompasses DxDesigner(TM) for design definition, CES for constraint editing, Expedition PCB for layout, and DMS(TM) for data management. Also included in this flow is ICX Pro(TM) Explorer, which is used to evaluate and verify constraints defined early in the process. It is built on Mentor's AutoActive(R) technology, and uses the same database and environment as Expedition PCB.

Pricing and Availability

Expedition Enterprise is available immediately. For more information, visit by calling 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 $700 million and employs approximately 3,900 people worldwide. Corporate headquarters are located at 8005 S.W. Boeckman Road, Wilsonville, Oregon 97070-7777; Silicon Valley headquarters are located at 1001 Ridder Park Drive, San Jose, California 95131-2314. World Wide Web site:

Mentor Graphics, Expedition and HyperLynx are registered trademarks and ICX, DMS and DxDesigner are trademarks of Mentor Graphics Corporation. All other company or product names are the registered trademarks or trademarks of their respective owners.

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