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Boosting Design Productivity with Team Design and PTC Windchill: Webinar

Comments(0)Filed under: Cadence, PCB design, CAD, PDM software, PTC Windchill, MCAD, PLM software, ECAD

For some time now, industry has recognized the need for structured design methodologies that integrate ECAD design with product data management (PDM) systems. We know that creating an electronic product efficiently, on time, and within budget can benefit from this. Yet this integration has not been at the level that engineers could use during the design authoring and implementation process.


Why? Often the integration was at some predefined milestone - design reviews, schematic complete, or layout complete. Worse, the integration was not at a granular enough level for engineers to benefit from it.

For years, Cadence has partnered with PTC to tie Allegro Design Workbench functions to PTC's widely adopted PLM software PTC Windchill to enable engineering teams to improve productivity. Until recently, while engineers have been able to work on blocks in a given design in parallel, the process for efficiently checking out, checking in, and tracking changes to those blocks has been manual.

"It was a tarball approach," says Hemant Shah, Product Management Group Director, Cadence (pictured, right). "Grab this file, this file, and this file and put it all together, tarball it and put it into Windchill. It lacked the granularity and process that engineers need."

It can take hours to upload and download that data tarball, Shah notes.

For example, some users do schematic design, some do the layout design, and then some do signal integrity analysis. "Each one of those groups of people couldn't check in and check out pieces of data that were managed in a structured way," he said.

That's now changed, as Cadence has integrated its Team Design cockpit more tightly with PTC Windchill.

Said Shah:

"It allows engineers to manage what we call work-in-progress design data and do it at the block level. A hierarchical schematic has multiple blocks and engineers can pull up their blocks, and we provide the capability to check-in, check-out from PTC Windchill from ECAD desktop tools."

In this way, engineers working together can update their blocks independently of each other but provide the visibility to each other as to which version is available and is the latest, he added. 

Check out our informative joint webinar featuring Shah, Mark Caradonna, PTC ECAD Product Manager, and Linda Mazzitelli, PTC Senior Technical Sales Specialist, as they discuss the technology and workflow.


Brian Fuller

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