Mentor Tools Optimized for Flex and Rigid flex PCB Design

- Sep 06, 2019-

With the launch of the Flex/Rigid Flex PCB area in the Magazine, we asked David David, product marketing manager with Mentor, a Siemens Organisation, to tell us concerning their devices' flex and rigid flex PCB design capabilities. As David explains, today's higher-end design software tools are enhanced for flex PCB design, making job arounds a distant memory.


Andy: What are your clients' greatest challenges in creating rigid-flex PCB?


David: Design groups have actually made innovative rigid-flex products for years making use of a series of workarounds to their EDA tools, typically validating with paper dolls. Rigid-flex PCB styles require innovative stackup constructs (e.g., several lays out, each with its very own stackup, and brand-new materials). There are likewise additional regulations that require to be applied, including bend/fold control with collision clearances, contour directing with arcs and teardrops, hatched airplane fill forms, element placement limitations in flex locations, and construction guidelines around board stiffeners and coverlays. The workarounds normally take longer to execute and typically result in mistakes since the design need to be examined by hand. This can cause a non-optimized product since once something is designed, nobody intends to go back and make ECOs. Some mistakes, such as copper micro-cracks, develop long-lasting item integrity problems. Production is additionally an obstacle. Design teams should line up with their maker to understand the expenses of various rigid-flex frameworks-- expenses can increase swiftly-- and enhance the hand-off from design to production.


Andy: Inform us about the rigid-flex PCB design capacities in the most up to date versions of Mentor's tools.


David: Our service sustains flex, rigid, or rigid flex PCB with an usual set of capability. Indigenous support for flex/rigid-flex PCB extends throughout the circulation, from first stackup definition via design validation and production outcomes, removing taxing workarounds. It starts with an independent stackup for every rigid or flex element; these can conveniently be customized or overlapped. This method limits the board outline and stackup adjustments essential when the form of the board modifications. With flex PCB stackups, there are additional products and layer types to version, such as cover layers, stiffeners, and adhesives. These materials are intelligent and are recognized at design verification as well as the hand-off to production. Control of where flexes take place is critical, so a bend location things specifies the location, distance, angle, and origin. Features additionally specify placement, directing (e.g., using utilization, trace corners, trace size changes, etc.) and plane steel (e.g., hatch/cross-hatch) guidelines in the area. For place and path, each rigid-flex area has its own external/internal layers, so parts can be placed on any kind of exterior layer (including flex regions and/or in tooth cavities) with appropriate pads and openings instantly managed.


Throughout transmitting, real arcs are used to decrease tension cracks in flex circuits areas, and they adhere to the constraint-driven, correct-by-design technique for which we're understood. Curved teardrops are immediately produced and preserved dynamically. Due to the automation throughout design, design changes are very easy and secure. Pertaining to 3D design and MCAD partnership, the intricacy of rigid-flex PCB frameworks calls for complete 3D design and confirmation, not simply 3D viewing. For example, parts can be placed on bent or level surface areas in 3D. Also, 3D DRC checks will identify any kind of disturbance when the circuit is curved. An unit can be imported from MCAD and mated with the design to envision and check alignment. Furthermore, rigid-flex PCB frameworks (and their bend characteristics) can be passed to MCAD for additional modeling and evaluation. With signal/power integrity evaluation, as traces transfer between flex and rigid locations, their resistance and breeding rate adjustments.


Our evaluation tools precisely model distinctive stackup locations to properly design this effect.They also identify the special product types, such as adhesives, copper aluminum foils, and stiffeners. And for manufacturability verification and hand-off, DFM is vital to effective construction of rigid-flex PCB. A substantial set of flex/rigid-flex PCB DFM checks is available throughout design. A couple of instances consist of conductors parallel to flex area, layered openings also near to a support, and rigid area copper near to user interface location. Valor modern technology is integrated straight within Xpedition's layout editor to enable checks at any time throughout design with errors revealed within common reports. To communicate all rigid-flex PCB details to the Rigid flex PCB fabricator in a totally distinct means, an intelligent product model is called for. ODB++ has particular layout constructs for rigid-flex PCB to clearly interact intent and reduce any type of uncertainties, and it's prepared for IPC-2581.


Andy: What fads do you all see in the flex PCB market both below and overseas?


David: The raised item stability and efficiency currently feasible with rigid-flex have actually driven higher fostering, particularly in customer and clinical wearables and IoT devices. With tighter kind variables, flex/rigid-flex PCB is a strong option for dense electro-mechanical frameworks.


Andy: What's following for Mentor's flex PCB design tools?


David: Tighter integration in between Xpedition and NX has actually enabled even more intelligent modeling of rigidflex structures, consisting of bend sneak peeks and improved ECAD/MCAD partnership and adjustment administration of rigid-flex PCB styles. We're also adding prolonged electric policy checks particular to rigid-flex structures.


Andy: Exists anything else you 'd like to add?


David: As kept in mind at the start, groups have actually been making rigid-flex for quite some time. By augmenting our tool flows with flex-aware aspects and automation, developers can reduce cycle times, enhance integrity, reduce risk, and optimize for a lower expense.


Andy: Constantly a pleasure, Dave. Thanks for your time.


David: Thank you, Andy