Shimadzu Selects Mentor's Xpedition PCB Design-Through-Manufacturing Flow


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Mentor, a Siemens business, has announced that Shimadzu Corporation, a leading manufacturer of analytical instruments and medical equipment based in Kyoto, Japan, selected Mentor's Xpedition design flow software as the company standard. Shimadzu selected the Xpedition tool suite for the corporation's entire electronic design process, from concept design to schematic design, and for their printed circuit board (PCB) design-through-manufacturing flow.

Shimadzu Corporation had been using a competitive tool suite but re-evaluated its needs and selected Mentor's Xpedition suite of technologies, including Valor® NPI software and MSS suites, and Mentor's HyperLynx software for high-speed design analysis. Shimadzu selected Mentor's Xpedition technologies for the following capabilities and advantages:

  • Improved design quality and IP design reuse across Shimadzu divisions by leveraging shared data with the Xpedition EDM data management technology.
  • Eliminating team-specific process customization and helping reduce rework risks to create strong design and manufacturing team collaboration, and to help realize optimized designs due to efficient integrations.
  • Direct access to the verification functionality of Mentor's HyperLynx tool, which is now integrated with Xpedition flow. The HyperLynx solution allows for improved design quality and early correction of electrical issues that are often difficult to detect during the design phase.

"We are committed to developing market-leading analytical instruments and medical equipment, and expecting by standardizing on Mentor's Xpedition flow would allow us to greatly improve our design processes. In particular, collaboration with the manufacturing process is highly appreciated, and has strong support from our management," said Taro Osumi, general manager, Corporate Product Design Center, Shimadzu Corporation. "The productivity gains using Mentor's technologies will help us develop innovative and advanced technologies with the highest confidence."

Shimadzu has adopted a broad range of Mentor products for its design flow, including tools for signal and power integrity analysis, schematic design analysis, FPGA design optimization, design rule checking, library and data management, and PCB manufacturing, as well as functional verification with Mentor's Questa® software and ModelSim® software.

"As one of the industry's leading PCB electronic design software companies, we are honored that Shimadzu has standardized on Mentor's robust portfolio of proven technologies," said A.J. Incorvaia, senior vice president, Mentor EDA Electronic Board Systems. "Our partnerships with leading customers such as Shimadzu validate our solutions, and our powerful technology can help them develop new and innovative products with time-to-market advantages and reduced risk."

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Mentor Graphics Corporation, a Siemens business, 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 electronic, semiconductor, and systems companies.

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