Quick Start Guide: Installing softMEMS MEMS Pro via CADpass R20

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This quick start guide provides instructions for installing softMEMS MEMS Pro on a Windows 10 system using CMC Microsystems’ CADpass to access shared licenses on the CMC License Management System (LMS).


You must meet the following criteria before installing MEMS Pro:

  • Students must register with CMC at
  • Faculty supervisors can subscribe through the CMC subscription page at
  • You must have administrator rights for the computer on which you are installing this software
  • You must have a unique login name (LINUX or Windows) that does not contain a blank space. The following are examples of unacceptable login names: admin or administrator, root, super, sysadmin, user, owner, student, guest, temp, and system.

System Requirements

  • Windows 7 or 10 operating systems
  • 32-bits or 64-bits

Setting up CADpass R20 for Use with MEMS Pro

CADpass R20 is a CMC Microsystems’ license access client and is used by subscribers across Canada to connect to our secure license server(s).

  1. Follow the instructions in the quick start guide to download and install CADpass R20.
  2. Start CADpass R20 and then log in using your CMC Microsystems Username and Password.
  3. When the CAD access window appears, double-click Mentor.

After the license is configured, a red checkmark appears next to the entry, as shown in Figure 1. Leave this checked while you are using the software.

Figure 1: The Mentor Selection in CADpass R20

Obtaining the Software

Download the MEMS Pro installer to a temporary location and extract the compressed file.

Installing the Software

  1. Launch the installer setup executable.
  2. In the InstallShield Wizard, click Next, as shown in Figure 2.

Figure 2: softMEMS Software Setup Initial Window

  1. In the Welcome to the InstallShield Wizard for MEMS Pro v10.1 (x64) window, click Next.

The window License Agreement appears, as shown in Figure 3.

Figure 3: MEMS Pro Software License Agreement

  1. Read through the license agreement.
    • If you do NOT agree to the terms and conditions listed, check I do not accept the terms in the license agreement to cancel the installation and close the program.
    • If you agree with the terms and conditions listed, check I accept the terms in the license agreement and then click Next.

If you agreed, the window Destination Folder appears, as shown in Figure 4.

Figure 4: Locating the Destination Folder

  1. Browse to the location where you want to store the CAD tool files and click Next.

The window Setup Type appears, as shown in Figure 5.

Figure 5: Choose Destination Location

  1. Click the MEMS Pro Product radio button and then click Next.

The window Ready to Install the Program appears, as shown in Figure 6.

Figure 6: The Ready to Install the Program Window

  1. Click Install to complete the process and then Finish to close the program.

The InstallShield Wizard Completed window appears, as shown in Figure 7.

Figure 7: Installation Completed

Setting up MEMS Pro License Access

With CADpass running, and the Mentor icon displaying a red checkmark, you can now set up your MEMS Pro license variables.

To ensure proper license setup, perform the following:

  1. From the Start Menu, select Start | Programs | MEMS Pro v10.x – 64 bit | Licenses Setup.
  2. In the SoftMEMS – Licenses Installer window, select Floating Setup and in the Floating Licenses Configuration field, click the Client Installation radio button, as shown in Figure 8.

Figure 8: Set the License Servers in the Client Settings

  • For SoftMEMS Server settings:
    1. Select Append.
    2. Enter Server Name: and Port: 6605.
  • For Mentor Graphics Server settings:
    1. Select Append.
    2. Enter Server Name: and Port: 6056.
  1. To confirm these changes, click the bar Set Licenses and close the window.

To verify the license settings:

  1. From the Start Menu, select Start | Programs | MEMS Pro v10.x 64 bit | MEMS L-Edit.

You should see the tool start, as shown in Figure 9.

Figure 9: The Main GUI Window of MEMS Pro v10.1


Sometimes our subscribers have problems with local firewalls blocking our tunneling driver, or preventing the storage of environmental variables on local workstations. If you believe you have followed these instructions properly, yet are not able to run this CAD tool, open a support case with CMC Microsystems – Support.

Helpful Resources

  • User Manual: Provides full descriptions of commands and tool bars of the CAD tool. To access it, from the MEMS Pro GUI, select Help | Help and Manuals.
  • Setup Examples: Accessed from the Help menu:
    1. Under the Help menu, select Setup Examples.
      The dialog Tanner EDA Tools Examples appears, as shown in Figure 10.
    2. Click Setup.
      You can now open the tutorial folder and browse through the projects.

Figure 10: Setting up MEMS Pro Examples from the L-Edit Module

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