Altair PollEx is the most comprehensive and integrated set of PCB design viewing, analysis and verification tools. It provides powerful rule-based checking tools (DFM, DFA and DFE) to detect faults early in design and also provides easy solution for SI and thermal analysis of PCBs using the integrated parts and material libraries.

PollEx is not just a printed circuit board (PCB) verification tool, it is solution that accelerates the development of today’s smart, connected, and tightly packaged electronic products. It is used by global industry leaders to improve efficiency, increase performance, enable teamwork, and enhance collaboration. Altair offers tools for full system analysis that integrate mechanical, thermal, electromagnetic, and embedded code design flow with PCB design.

Key Features

Unified Part Library : Collaborate throughout product development with physical, logical, thermal, electrical, and assembly attribute data maintained in one place.

Early Design Simulation : PollEx provides checks for signal integrity, power integrity, EMI vulnerability and ESD protection, verifying return path routing, balanced differential pairs, and other criteria.

Detailed Performance Analysis : Achieve the performance and usability targets of today’s tightly packaged electronic devices with export to the engineering simulation across all disciplines.

Manufacturing Support : Increase efficiency of PCB fabrication, assembly, and end-of-line testing, with the export of fabricating, mounting, paneling, and testing data to production line machinery.

Integrates with Existing Tools : Pollex reads major ECAD file formats including: ODB++, IPC 2581, Gerber, Altium, Cadence, CADVANE, EAGLE, Mentor Graphics, PowerPCB, Zuken, and CAM350.

Part of a Broad Product Development Suite : Take advantage of Altair Units to employ Altair solvers including Altair® OptiStruct®, Altair® Radioss®, and Altair® Feko®, for detailed thermal, stress/vibration/drop, and EMI/EMC analysis.

Altair PollEx Modules

PollEx PCB Modeler

PollEx PCB Modeler reads entire PCB design data quickly in an intuitive and flexible interface to explore design details. Users can do queries, measurements, find objects, view topologies, analyze nets, compare PCB designs and receive import and export support for all standard ECAD packages and PCB layout formats.

PollEx PCB Modeler is an easy-to-use and collaborative application, central application of PollEx with unsurpassed connectivity to major ECAD systems, to quickly visualize and review PCB designs without losing any ECAD design data.

PollEx PCB Verification

PollEx PCB Verification method reduce time and cost by detecting errors, defects and faults ata early stages. PollEx PCB Verification includes the most comprehensive set of rule-based design checks for electrical engineering, manufacturing and assembly, enhanced through thr solver analysis capabilities. It is used by electrical and manufacturing engineers looking at potential manufacturing defects and components collisions during the assembly process.

Detect 900+ different design defects in early design stages with PollEx PCB Verification

PollEx PCB Solvers

PollEx PCB Solvers investigate Signal Integrity (SI), Power Integrity(PI) and thermal PCB problems thanks to intuitive and easy to use solvers which are fully integrated into the PollEx PCB Modeler and the Unified Part Editor (UPE). Included are efficient domain SI solvers with SPICE and IBIS model support for wave propagation delay, reflection, crosstalk, eye diagrams, scattering, admittance and impedance matrix calculations.

Analysis of signal integrity and thermal problems via PollEx Servers

PollEx PCB Signal Integrity

PollEx to run PCB Signal Integrity for Board Level Analysis

PollEx PCB Thermal

PollEx to run a PCB Thermal Simulation for Board Level Analysis.

PollEx PCB Power Integrity

PollEx to run a PCB Power Integrity for Board Level Analysis.

Altair PollEx Applications

PollEx brings Altair’s simulation-driven design philosophy to the electronics industry, inspiring innovation while ensuring timing, performance, reliability, and compliance targets are met. It is used by global industry leaders to improve efficiency, increase performance, foster teamwork, and enhance collaboration.

Unified Part Library

All design processes are supported by a common Unified Part Library that enables engineers from different disciplines to efficiently collaborate on projects, sharing physical, logical, thermal, electrical, and assembly attribute data, centralized in one place.

Schematic Design Review

PollEx can import designs from all major ECAD vendors, including Cadence, Mentor Graphics, Zuken and Altium in addition to the industries neutral formats. Its modeling features support design reviews, including comparison between schematics and PCB data, so faults can be detected and solved early in the process without the need for expensive ECAD licenses.

Samsung SDI Customer story : https://www.altair.com/customer-story/samsung-improving-pcb-development

PCB Review, Inspection, and Verification

Pollex unsurpassed capabilities to reads major ECAD file formats and easy-to-use application foster collaboration of expert teams working on schematic and PCB design. Improve board layouts, and drive designs with simulation tools for signal integrity, power integrity, EMI vulnerability and ESD protection.

Track and inform multidisciplinary team members of design changes and revisions at the BOM, logical and PCB level, export smart documented reports of verification results, and easily share designs update documentation to consistently maintains the highest design quality.

Signal Integrity use cases : https://www.altair.com/resource/si-analysis-ddr-case

PCB Analysis and Optimization

In addition to built-in analysis features, PollEx can export to other Altair and third-party physics simulation tools. You can take advantage of Altair Units to employ our solvers to confidently identify and correct design issues earlier in development. Use Altair® SimLab® to to automate structural stress, vibration, and drop test performance with robust and repeatable workflows for fast, accurate and consistent results. Use Altair® Feko® for detailed EMI/EMC analysis.

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