I suggest you set up an evaluation license for 30 days. You'll have access to all the libraries that Mentor has. For micros and FPGAs, you may have better luck finding models defined at the manufacturers' sites, like this.
I have gone through the evaluation version and I saw the libraries there.
Should I asume that these are the libraries that are available directly from Mentor and I better look at the vendors' sites to find more?
As a sample I have looked at the Texas Instruments site and the Altera link that you sent.
So, I am out for a search...
Thank you again
With PADS Logic / Layout / DxDesigner you or your organization are responsible for your symbol and footprint libraries. There are a couple of reasons for this:
* There are too many suppliers and constantly changing part numbers to keep up with. No organization but your own can keep up with more than a tiny fraction of the parts you might want to use.
* Symbols are subject to personal preference. Different designers like to draw them different ways.
* Many organizations (including mine) use custom attribute fields that must be added or modified.
* Footprints often must be customized based on input from process engineers, so even a list of standard footprints for standard package types is likely to be suboptimal.
For footprints, as a first cut, our organization exactly copies the manufacturer's recommended footprint, if it's available. Failing that, we go by IPC standards. This usually works pretty well, but sometimes we get feedback from process engineers on how to modify our footprints to improve yields.