Design and simulation of electronic devices using Mentor Graphics software packages

Course Description

Within the course, students are introduced to the advanced electronic devices design using Mentor Graphics PADS Standard Plus and HyperLynx programming tools. Course description: schematic capture, creating libraries of components, designing electronic circuit, electronic devices analysis and simulation (analog simulation, signal integrity, power integrity and thermal simulation).

Learning Outcomes

  1. Use Mentor Graphics PADS Standard Plus programming tool to create electrical schematics, create library of components and design printed circuit boards
  2. Employ components libraries
  3. Employ rules for electronic circuits design
  4. Use HyperLynx software for analysis and simulation of signal integrity
  5. Use HyperLynx software for thermal analysis and simulation
  6. Create and manage the project archives

Forms of Teaching


Lectures are focused on theoretical and practical aspects of the printed circuit boards design.

Laboratory Work

During laboratory exercises, students learn about process of designing and simulating printed circuit boards using PADS Professional and HyperLynx software package.


Students create printed circuit board project, with defined specification, using PADS Professional and HyperLynx software package. It is necessary to generate all required documentation: block diagram, electrical schematic, bill of materials, technical characteristics and masks for production of a printed circuit board.

Grading Method

By decision of the Faculty Council, in the academic year 2019/2020. the midterm exams are cancelled and the points assigned to that component are transferred to the final exam, unless the teachers have reassigned the points and the grading components differently. See the news for each course for information on knowledge rating.
Continuous Assessment Exam
Type Threshold Percent of Grade Threshold Percent of Grade
Laboratory Exercises 50 % 26 % 50 % 26 %
Class participation 50 % 13 % 50 % 13 %
Seminar/Project 50 % 61 % 50 % 61 %

Week by Week Schedule

  1. Introduction to process of designing printed circuit board and introduction to PADS Professional.
  2. Introduction to process of creating schematic design. Defining project settings.
  3. Introduction to schematic user interface. Placing components into schematic.
  4. Schematic design techniques. Connecting components.
  5. Hierarchical design and design reuse.
  6. Schematic verification and documentation. Forwarding schematic to layout.
  7. Analysis and simulations of signal integrity.
  8. Midterm exam.
  9. Defining board outline. Placing components on printed circuit board.
  10. Verifying the layout. Defining routing constraints.
  11. Using different ways of designing routes (Interactive Routing and Semi AutoActive Routing).
  12. Thermal analysis and simulations.
  13. Generating output formats for production (Gerber and Drill Data). Dimensioning and documentation.
  14. Archiving and managing projects.
  15. Final exam.

Study Programmes

University graduate
Computer Engineering (profile)
Skills (2. semester)
Computer Science (profile)
Skills (2. semester)
Control Engineering and Automation (profile)
Skills (2. semester)
Electrical Engineering Systems and Technologies (profile)
Skills (2. semester)
Electrical Power Engineering (profile)
Skills (2. semester)
Electronic and Computer Engineering (profile)
Skills (2. semester)
Electronics (profile)
Skills (2. semester)
Information Processing (profile)
Skills (2. semester)
Software Engineering and Information Systems (profile)
Skills (2. semester)
Telecommunication and Informatics (profile)
Skills (2. semester)
Wireless Technologies (profile)
Skills (2. semester)


Clyde Coombs (2007.), Printed Circuits Handbook, McGraw Hill Professional
Tim Williams (2013.), The Circuit Designer’s Companion, Elsevier
Eric Bogatin (2009.), Signal and Power Integrity - Simplified, Pearson Education

Laboratory exercises


ID 155581
  Summer semester
L1 English Level
L1 e-Learning
14 Lectures
0 Exercises
26 Laboratory exercises
0 Project laboratory

Grading System

Very Good