SAN JOSE, Calif.—Mentor Graphics Corp. has added a new server based PCB team collaboration technology to its Board Station and Expedition layout tools.
The company claims the XtremePCB technology allows multiple members of a PCB design team to work simultaneously on a design from a single database on a global network, whether they are in the same office or dispersed all over the world.
The first product to use new Mentor Graphics patented technology, XtremePCB addresses the layout portion of the design flow, as the company has added it to its Board Station RE or Expedition layout tools.
According to the company, designers can start a design session and other users can join a session at any time.
The design is first loaded on a server and when a user joins the session, the most current state of the design is automatically downloaded onto the user's workstation, allowing them to use the full processing power of their machine.
When a user joins a design session, a "handle" is defined which may be displayed attached to the cursor for designer identification purposes.
Synchronization is done automatically and each designer can see all other edits in real-time, the company said.
The session server provides a methodology to protect users from timing collisions and edit conflicts through selection priority and design rule checking (DRC).
Users can also lock down certain sections of a design they don't wan't others to modify.
Pricing starts at $50,000 for the Xtreme Session server and pricing for each XtremePCB client seat starts at $15,000 per license