Opening the .pcb file in the Gerber folder of HMC624ALP4E

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The HMC624ALP4E Evaluation PCB Gerber file that I HAVE ,ONE file I can’t  open.
Can you tell which software should I use  how to open it. The file  is PCB file
type, please find in the attach file.


I just checked opening the file .pcb as the customer has mentioned, the file is
opening. Confirms that it is not corrupt or something. It can be question of
what software / PCB Layout tool /CAD  your customer is using to open the file.
 It can be possible that lot of softwares open Gerber files but not the PCB
Design Files (.pcb files).

For example-
I tried opening all the other files in Keysight's ADS, it supports to open all
the Gerber files but not .PCB files. He may try opening in Altium or Cadence
and this should work. On Eagle, it will not open I tried it already.

If he does not hold licenses from these tools,
The best solution if the customer is not using any of the above software is
using PADS Layout tool By Mentor Graphics. You may also get a 14-day license on
installation and worked fine for me.  Below is the screenshot I tried today-

On installation and giving the license path (they send license in the
installation email), navigate to PADS Layout VX.1.1 and this shall work surely -

You will be able to see all the layers and navigate to each layer from