PollEx Introduction

Course Outline:

This is an introductory course to Altair PollEx. Participants will learn how to import and explore ECAD design data and set up an in-depth review, verification, and analysis of Printed Circuit Boards (PCB). A combination of lectures and exercises of analysis of PCB will lead participants through the PollEx environment, the process to perform analysis and verification of PCBs, and the workflow through the various tools available in PollEx.


Prerequisites:

  • Basic understanding of Printed Circuit Boards.
  • Altair PollEx software downloaded and installed.
  • PollEx license configured to run analysis and verification tools.

Duration

The training is divided into daily 2-hour sessions that cover different PollEx functions and features. Each day is focused on a specific tool within PollEx. The class is designed such that the user can work alongside the instructor using the provided demo files.

Day 1 - PCB Modeler

  • Introduce tools to import various PCB design data (schematic, layout, Gerber, BOM).
  • Learn about PollEx Modeler tools to visualize, search, measure, red-mark, compare, and share PCB design data.

Day 2 - PCB Verification

  • Detect design faults by rule-based checking for electrical (DFE), manufacturing (DFM), or assembly (DFA) stages:
  • PollEx DFE: Launch PollEx DFE and reduce electrical design errors that may be detected later in electrical test processes.
  • PollEx DFM: Check possible manufacturing design faults in the early design stage and export results to MS/Excel with an intuitive graphic link to the layout location of each fault.
  • PollEx DFA: Based on PollEx PCB design and imported matching 3D package shape, PollEx DFA provides full board 3D model and assembly checking, which is impossible with 2D data.

Day 3 - PCB Visual Verification: DFE+

  • Understand how PollEx DFE+ can work alongside more powerful Analysis tools.
  • Learn the PCB setup steps for DEF+ (board setup and key net information).
  • Run the DFE+ tool, including features like crosstalk, impedance, and IR Drop.

Day 4 - PCB Analysis - Thermal Analysis

  • Understand the benefits of thermal analysis on PCBs.
  • Learn thermal constraints, boundary conditions, and thermal model setup.
  • Run thermal analysis tool and analyze results.
  • Run the Joule Heating tool to see the heat generated by current flow in copper traces.

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