3 Replies Latest reply on Feb 1, 2016 2:50 AM by ritu

    PADS ES Suite to PADS Standard Plus


      We are users of PADS ES Suite and have got the upgrades till PADS VX 1.2.
      We have 8 licenses of PADS ES  and 4 licenses of PADS xDX Designer in our Organisation.
      Some of the licenses were procured approximately 3 years back and rest of them 2 years back only.Now we are hearing that no more upgrades

      would be available for this product and this product has been replaced by PADS Standard Plus and PADS Professional.


      In this regards, I have few queries :
      1) What is the approximate life span of a PCB Design Tool?
      2) When was PADS ES Suite released?
      3) What is the status of PADS ES Suite/PADS VX?
      4) Why are customers/current users not informed in advance about the Product getting obsolete?
      5) Why is Roadmap not shared on the Mentor Graphics supportnet website?


      Comparing the features of PADS ES & PADS Standard plus,it seems to be a name change. Only 3 features seem to have been added related to Crosstalk and 3D.
      It seems Customers are pushed to upgrade to new Products without much noticeable difference in the features.



      Ritu Arora

      C-DOT Delhi

        • 1. Re: PADS ES Suite to PADS Standard Plus



          It sounds like you were given some mis-information.  For new sales, it is true that the PADS ES Suite has been replaced with a new part, PADS Standard Plus.  However, this, and older part numbers are still supported, and if you are on a maintenance contract, eligible for software upgrades.  You can download PADS VX.1.2 today, and future releases (PADS VX.2 is planned for June).


          The repackaging is due to new, unique functionality that has been added, specifically crosstalk analysis and the new 3D design capabilities. (PADS VX.1.2 also included many productivity and usability improvements in the full PADS solution, from schematic capture to layout to simulation and analysis)  If this functionality is of interest to you, I encourage you to talk to your sale person – we have very aggressive migration paths from all older part numbers (including the ES Suite) to the new suites.  In many cases – this migration will save you money!


          Stay tuned to this forum and pads.com – there are many exciting things going on with PADS at Mentor Graphics.  We have a strong product development roadmap set for this year.  We’ll be share more details as they get finalize in these online venues, as well as seminars and user group meetings around the world!



          • 2. Re: PADS ES Suite to PADS Standard Plus


            I see plans for VX.2 from a year ago here: https://supportnet.mentor.com/files/news/bsd_release_content_03-12-15-by-product.pdf

            Looks like this will get updated in March sometime?

            • 3. Re: PADS ES Suite to PADS Standard Plus



              Thanks for the clarification and information regarding the upcoming releases!

              We will interact with our sales person regarding this.