POLLIWOG NEWS Letter

PollEx Update List
17.Feb.2011

Period : 2010.11.18~2011.02.17


[Mentor Board Station Interface]
    Added : Treat Generic Part Drawings such as Fiducial Mark, Lead Free Mark, IC Visual Mark, Drill Table, etc as parts.
    

[Mentor Board Station Interface]
    Added : Full-array-board importing option for Array Boards.
    

[Tools - Component Arrangement Plan]
    Added : Option to display a component placement density.
    
    - Displays board area.
    - Displays component placement densities separately for top and bottom.
    - Displays overall placement density including both top and bottom.

[Tools - Component Arrangement Plan]
    Added : Option to assign different colors for component groups.
    

[Picking]
    Added : Display hole size to the pad size property information when the Figure Pad is picked.

[Tools - Net Analyzer]
    Added : Branch coordinate display column in the Net Analyzer.
    



[Tools - Go to Location]
    Net Item : Go to Location Option.
    



[Component - U Name Angle]
    New Item : Option to check reference designator orientation to the specified angle.
    

[Component - BGA]
    New Item : Option to check via location within the area beneath the BGA.
    

[FPCB - FOG Dummy Pad Mark]
    New Item : Option check clearance between Board Outline and FOG Dummy Pad Mark.
    

[Tooling - BoardOutline Match Check]
    Added option : There are two checks -
     1. Compare user-selected Mechanical CAD Data(DXF) Layer with respect to the Board Outline.
     2. Compare Board Outline with respect to the user-selected Mechanical CAD Data(DXF) Layer.
    The added option allows to skip compare Board Outline with respect to the user-selected Mechanical CAD Data(DXF) Layer.
    

[Board - Label Box]
    Added option : Option to define label box by defining component groups and/or by board figure.
    

[Drill Size - Hole Distance]
    Added option : To exclude specified nets from the rule checking.
     - Net Name : Exclude nets with exact name matching
     - Net Name Filter : Exclude nets with wildcard (String Filter) name matching
    

[Rule Check Exception - IC Visual Mark]
    Added option : To exclude IC Visual Marks for distance check.
    
     Applicable Items
Category
Sub-Category 1
Sub-Category 2
Componet Component Spacing  
Component Spacing2  
Placement Placement Diagonal Placed BGA Check
Placement At Reverse  
Board PCB Outline Spacing Board Outline Clearance

[Pad - Hole Through Pad]
    Added option : To check against Via Holes instead of pads. (Component pad overlapping via pad outside of via hole is considered pass.)
    

[Board - SM Violate]
    Added option : To exclude checking for solder masks that is placed under a specified group of components.
    

[Ground Wall]
    Added option : To check routing clearance between Ground Wall and Pattern with an option to exclude specified nets.
    

[Tooling - Screw]
    Added option : To make pass if via or slit exists between screw and a specified component.
    

[Component - U Name Overlap]
    Added option
     - Check Placement At Outside Of Board Outline : Check for reference designator texts that are located partially or completely outside of the board outline.
     - Check Crossing Ref Name With Board Outline : Check for reference designator texts that are located partially outside of the board outline.
     - Solder Mask, Metal Mask Overlab : Check for reference designator texts that overlap partially or completely with solder mask or metal mask.
    

[FPCB - Silk Cover in Via]
    Added option : To check existence of via silk within a specified component area.
    

[PAD - Via Spacing]
    Added option
     - Laser Via Define : Laser via can be defined by a hole size or by selecting a via padstack.
     - Check Type : Via spacing measurement method.
     - Detail : To define clearance check methods for SMD, DIP and VIA depends on via types (Through / Blind / Buried / Laser Via).
    

[Component - Dip Annular Ring]
    Added option : To check clearance between hole and pad for non-plated through hole (NTH) pin.
    

[DFM Environment]
    Added option : To limit the number of images to be included in the Excel format DFM result output. (A large number of images may cause memory over-usuage.)
    

[DFM Server Service Command]
    Added : DFM Command Option.
    - /DFMC "PDBB" "DFMI" "DFMP" "DFMR" "DFME" "DFMES" /R:"Excel File Path" /S:"Excel File Path" /L:"Log File Path" /BX:"Excel File Path" /DB:"DB Folder Path" /END:"FileName"

    - /END : To define END file name with the .END extension including a complete folder path.



[DFE Input]
    Added :To save the binary DFE input file(.DFESI) in ASCII format (.DFESIA)
    

[Net - Component to Net Clearance]
    Added : An option to merge results. (When the Merge Result is checked, results for the same nets and the same reference name are combined.)
    

[Net - Copper Area Ratio]
    Added : An option to add pad areas to the overall copper area.
    

[Net - Width]
    Added : Add an option to check against a range of values (Min ~ Max) in addition to the already existing Min and Max options.
    

[DFE Environment]
    Added : An option to merge all DFE results that can be merged then output to an Excel file.
    




[Logic DFE Server Service Command]
    New Function : Logic DFE Command.
    - Usage : PollExLogic_l /DFEC "SDBB" "SDFEI" "SDFER" "SDFEE" /R:"excel file path" /L:"Log file path" /BX:"Base Excel File Path"

    - /DFEC : Command to run DFE batch in PollEx. (Required)
    - SDBB : Logic design sdbb file name including path and extension. (Required)
    - SDFEI : Input SDFEI file name including path and extension. (Required)
    - SDFER : Output SDFER file name including path and extension. (Required)
    - SDFEE : Input user-defined Excel form file (SDFEE) name including path and extension.
    - /L: "log file path" : Log file name including path and extension. (Required)
    - /R: "excel file path" : Result excel file name including path and extension. If a file with the same name already exists in the specified folder, the existing file is backed up with an 'bak' file name extension then the new file will be created using the same format as the existed file. Otherwise, the excel file will be created using the base format defined in the SDFEE file. (Required for Excel output)

[Component - Exist Comp]
    Added : An option to check existence of components that are required for connections.
    


PollEx Update, 17th February 2011

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