Quick Start Guide: Mentor Graphics HyperLynx Suite for Windows

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    The HyperLynx CAD software is a family of electromagnetic simulators, SPICE model generators and design rule checkers. This software is part of the Mentor Graphics' Higher Education software bundle, which includes PADS and Calibre. CMC Microsystems offers this package to our subscribers, primarily in the LINUX environment, though this guide describes a Windows installation of this particular software.


    This software consists of several modules, including:


    • Fast 3D Solver: Generates complete package SPICE models and noise profiles
    • Full-Wave Solver: Gives users network impedance profiles, capacitor loop inductance, and combined signal/power broadband S-parameter for time-domain simulations
    • Full-Wave High performance Computing (HPC) Solver: Provides a multi-core/multi-processor version of the Full-Wave Solver
    • DRC: Allows for design rule writing and checking (DRC) of printed circuit boards
    • SI PI Thermal: Finds signal trace integrity, power trace integrity and thermal hot-spots on a printed circuit board (PCB)





    To install the HyperLynx software:

    • You must have administrator privileges on the workstation you plan to use
    • You must have an active CMC account with Mentor Graphics as part of your subscription to start and run CADpass, which is a licensing client that connects to the CMC Microsystems’ license servers in Kingston, Ontario.
    • You or your supervisor must have an active Professor Research subscription to allow you access to the license for this tool. Contact licensing@cmc.ca if you are interested in subscription services, or with questions about buying or renewing a subscription.
    • You must agree to the terms of the Mentor Graphics’ license contract during installation. For questions regarding this agreement, or its ramifications, contact licensing@cmc.ca.


    System Requirements



    Recommended system requirements for all these modules:

    • Dual or Quad-Core CPU, clock speed of 2.0 GHz or better
    • Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) OpenGL 2.0 capable, with at least 512 MB of VRAM
    • System RAM: 8 GB

    For more information, see the Help *.pdf documents for the individual modules, included in the archive download.


    A laptop or workstation with one of the following operating systems:

    • Windows 7, 8.1 (SP1), or 10, 64-bit
    • Other software:
      • ZIP archive extractor, such as 7-zip
      • Java, latest release
      • PDF file reader for browsing electronic tutorials and manuals

    Contact licensing@cmc.ca for advice or help with these requirements.


    Installing CADpass


    Follow the instructions in the  CADpass Quickstart Guide. The Mentor Graphics' CAD tools do not use a tunnelling driver, but other CAD tools in our CNDN network do. Review this guide to learn what configuration you have or need to run your CAD tools.


    Installing the HyperLynx CAD Suite


    1. Download the HyperLynx CAD suite archive via this link.
    2. Extract all files from the downloaded archive to a temporary directory.

    This temporary directory will be referred to as working directory in this guide.

    1. From the working directory, run the setup executable to install the HyperLynx software.

    The installation wizard opens, as shown in Figure 1.


    Figure 1: Installation Wizard


    1. Click Install Products.
    2. In the Source and Target window, select the directory location, and click Next.
    3. In the Product Selection window, when prompted for which parts of the whole package should be installed, choose which solver(s) to install, and click Next, as shown in Figure 2.

    The following window displays the End-User License Agreement, to which you must agree to use this tool. Review the terms and click Agree if you are satisfied that you understand your obligations. Otherwise, cancel the installation by clicking Disagree.


    Figure 2: The Product Selection Window

    After clicking Agree, a Confirm Selections window is displayed, as shown in Figure 3.


    Figure 3: The Confirm Selections Window


    1. Review the tool choices shown, and click Install to proceed.
    2. When the installation is complete, click Done.
      The wizard displays the start window again (see Figure 1). You can verify the installation by clicking Manage Software | Verify Installation, or Exit the wizard and verify the installation at another time. The verification program is also a helpful debugging tool. The installation adds three
      CAD folders to your Start Menu.


    Running HyperLynx


    1. From the CMC Microsystems' CADpass webpage, locate and click the icon CADpass Client, as shown in Figure 4.


    Figure 4: CADpass Application Icon

    The login dialog box is displayed.

    1. Log in using your CMC login username and password.

    The CADpass window is displayed with a list of available CAD tools.

    1. To connect to CMC managed services (e.g., a CAD tool license server), double-click the icon Mentor Graphics or right-click the icon and select Start.
      A green check mark is displayed on the icon (see Figure 5), which indicates a license is valid for the tool.

    Fig5_AdvSolv.JPGFigure 5:  Mentor Graphics Icon with Green Check Mark


    1. If you already have Mentor Graphics CAD tools installed on your workstation, then your license may already be configured. If this is not the case, go to Start | Programs | Mentor Graphics Licensing | Configure License and start this program.

    A Configure Licensing window is displayed.

    1. Select the option Point to a license server, and click Next.

    The Add Server window is displayed.

    1. Enter the address 6056@localhost if you do not have a tunnelling driver installed on your workstation, or use 6056@lka-ic-01 if you do.
    2. Click Test to ensure that you have typed the address into the window correctly. If successful, click Next to continue.

    This is the only licence server address you require. If you have problems with this part of the installation, contact CMC Support for help.

    1. From the Windows Start Menu, go to the HyperLynx VX.2.* folder and start whichever tool you want to use. The Choose Advanced Solver main window is show in Figure 6.


    Figure 6. The Choose Advanced Solver main window in HyperLynx XV.2.5.


    You are now ready to use your HyperLynx tools. If you encounter any difficulties, refer to the Troubleshooting section below. If these tips do not solve your problem, start a technical support request from the CMC Microsystems website.



    Troubleshooting Installation Errors


    If you are unable to successfully launch any or all of the Advanced Solvers, the issue may be related to a broken license connection, a port conflict, a need to update your Java installation, or other, more subtle difficulties. CMC Microsystems’ technical staff recommends verifying the installation, and, if part of your subscription, testing other CAD tools using the same licensing mechanism. This information is valuable for solving problems that arise at any time.


    If these steps do not help you identify the source of your problem, contact CMC Support for help.


    Additional Help and Tutorials for Users


    There are tutorials included with each HyperLynx CAD tool, found under the Help menu tabs (Figure 7).




    Figure 7. There are tutorials included with each HyperLynx VX.2.* CAD tool. 


    You can download related white papers from the main Mentor Graphics' website:




    You can also look at instructional videos on the Mentor Graphics' YouTube channel:






    The following books include useful background information about printed circuit board layout and fabrication. CMC Microsystems staff do not supply these books or excerpts thereof.


    [1]   Mark I. Montrose, Printed Circuit Board Design Techniques for EMC Compliance: A Handbook for Designers, Wiley-IEEE Press, 1998.


    [2]   Howard Johnson and Martin Graham, High Speed Digital Design: A Handbook of Black Magic, Prentice Hall, 1993.


    [3]   Clayton R. Paul, Introduction to Electromagnetic Compatibility, 2nd edition, Wiley-Interscience, 2006.


    [4]   Redoute' and Steyaert, EMC of Analog Integrated Circuits, Springer, 2010.


    [4]   Andre', Patrick G. and Wyeth, Kenneth, EMI Troubleshooting Cookbook for Product Designers, Knovel, 2014.