The PADS Layout for a Netlist Project course teaches you the workflow of designing a printed circuit board using the latest VX version of Mentor Graphics PADS Layout. The flow focus of this course is on using a netlist input into PADS Layout, from a Mentor Graphics schematic capture tool such as PADS Logic, or from another vendor schematic capture tool. You are guided through the steps necessary to design a printed circuit board. Course highlights include creating part types, importing netlist, placing parts, routing connections, generating reports and generating Gerber outputs, interactive and automatic routing modes, and verifying the design in Router. Detailed lab exercises will help reinforce the lessons taught during the lectures and provide an extensive tool usage experience under the guidance of our instructor.

By the end of the program, participants will be able to:
For PADS Layout:

  • Customize and work with the PADS Layout interface
  • Create Board Outlines, Keepouts, and 2D Line items
  • Create Parts Types, PCB Decals, and Pad Stacks
  • Import netlists, define the board stackup, and set design rules
  • Place parts manually and use cross-probing capabilities
  • Route a design using manual/interactive routing and editing tools
  • Create copper shapes and plane areas
  • Verify the design
  • Generate Gerber Data
  • Work with ECO files

For PADS Router:

  • Customize and work with the PADS Router user interface
  • Place components
  • Set an autorouting strategy
  • Assign Properties, Rules and Routing Preferences for the Design and its Objects
  • Route, Fanout and Optimize nets by Interactive Selection
  • Use the Command Window to View Reports
  • Set Layer Direction, Corner and Quality Options for Optimal Routing

Target Audience
  • PCB Designers who are new to PADS Layout
  • Electronic Engineers who need to understand the back end of the design process using PADS Layout
  • Electrical Engineers
  • PCB Design Managers

Basic understanding of the PCB design process and familiarity with Windows operating systems