October 15, 2018

On September 25, representatives from prominent automotive and rail original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and Tier 1 suppliers met in Frankfurt, Germany to launch the IPC Transportation Electronics Reliability Council (ITERC). The inaugural group included key technologists with core expertise in electronic hardware development, manufacturing technology, PCB design, quality, and environmental reliability. The council was partly developed in response to positive encouragement from IPC members and automotive industry leaders, who had attended IPC’s debut Automotive Electronics Reliability Forum in Nuremberg earlier this year in June.

“Global need for advanced safety features, newer e-mobility services, and greater energy efficiency has fueled the rapid growth of electronics...

October 2, 2018

The Mentor Forum Finland is back this year in Oulu. Join Mentor, a Siemens business on October 9 at the Scandic Hotel in Oulu and learn how innovative products and solutions help engineers conquer design challenges in the increasingly complex worlds of board and chip design.

Mentor is now part of Siemens' product lifecycle management (PLM) software business, making the combined organization the world's leading supplier of industrial software used for product design, simulation, verification, testing and manufacturing.

Do not miss this free to attend one-day event, which brings together technology users, developers, and industry experts to network, and share best practices.

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September 24, 2018

Mentor, a Siemens business, announced that the Xpedition and PADS Professional printed circuit board design (PCB) design flows, including the Valor NPI and HyperLynx family of products, have each achieved ISO 26262 functional safety compliance. Mentor has met the requirements for validation and confirmation measures, providing confidence that a sufficient and acceptable level of safety can be achieved using these Mentor PCB products. The Xpedition and PADS Professional flows and related documentation were evaluated by TÜV SÜD, an internationally accredited independent testing and conformity assessment company, and certified to achieve ISO 26262 Tool Confidence Level 1 for ASIL A through ASIL D.

ISO 26262 establishes a unifying, industry-specific standard for the functional...

September 13, 2018

Cadence Design Systems, Inc. has launched a broad ecosystem with nine initial printed circuit board (PCB) manufacturing partners to enable customers to easily get the partners’ technology files they need to ensure PCB design manufacturability early in the design process. This reduces rework, shortens design cycles, and accelerates new product introduction. Customers have received savings from half to two-thirds fewer technical queries (TQs) from manufacturers when they’ve used the Cadence DesignTrue DFM (design for manufacturability) technology due to using tailor-made spacing, annular ring, copper features and mask rules to assure they are designing the board correctly the first time.

Cadence DesignTrue DFM functionality flags manufacturing rule violations in...

August 6, 2018

EMA Design Automation announced the availability of symbols, footprints, and 3D models for all Power Integrations components, which anyone can access for free from ultralibrarian.com, power.com, and digikey.com. “With this new set of models, engineers can simply download the library components they need for their Power Integrations based designs,” said Manny Marcano, president and CEO of EMA. “Having access to these verified models saves engineering time and eliminates mistakes that can occur when manually building part models.”

Power Integrations’ high-performance electronic components are important to engineers designing high-voltage power-conversion systems. These integrated circuits and diodes enable compact, energy-efficient AC-DC power supplies for a wide range of...

June 29, 2018

Mentor, a Siemens business, today introduced Capital Systems Networks – an advanced software tool engineered to speed and simplify the creation of in-vehicle Controller Area Network (CAN) communications networks based on the SAE J1939 standard. The solution provides proven, powerful technology to help engineers rapidly develop, optimize and validate J1939 networks.

Commonly deployed in heavy-duty commercial vehicles such as trucks, buses and off-road vehicles, SAE J1939 is a data networking standard used for in-vehicle communications and diagnostics. Commercial vehicles may incorporate as many as six separate CAN networks, requiring new designs and rework for each new vehicle model.

As the number of processors, sensors, and electronic actuators deployed in commercial...

June 6, 2018

Mentor, a Siemens business, today introduced Capital Systems Networks – an advanced software tool engineered to speed and simplify the creation of in-vehicle Controller Area Network (CAN) communications networks based on the SAE J1939 standard. The solution provides proven, powerful technology to help engineers rapidly develop, optimize and validate J1939 networks.

Commonly deployed in heavy-duty commercial vehicles such as trucks, buses and off-road vehicles, SAE J1939 is a data networking standard used for in-vehicle communications and diagnostics. Commercial vehicles may incorporate as many as six separate CAN networks, requiring new designs and rework for each new vehicle model.

As the number of processors, sensors, and electronic actuators deployed in commercial...

March 13, 2018

The PCB design market is seeing rapid expansion in Europe, spurring significant growth in the region’s electronic design industry. In an effort to support that growth, Altium has announced that it is establishing a direct business model in Spain and Italy to enhance relationships and improve the overall experience of customers using Altium Designer, PDN Analyzer, Altium NEXUS and other products. Altium Europe, headquartered in Munich, Germany, will take over responsibilities for sales and support for all existing and new customers effective February 28, 2018.

“This transition signifies a major step forward in our mission to strengthen the relationship with our European customer base,” stated Chris Donato, head of global sales for board and systems at Altium. “Altium customers in...

February 12, 2018

PCB Libraries is making even more of its enterprise-level library automation features 100% free and available in its absolutely zero-cost Library Expert Pro version.

“More is not less, rather more is completely free. These newly released features were originally available to our enterprise-level customers, and now available at absolutely no cost, no obligation, no strings attached, to automate creation of tens of millions of parts,” stated Tom Hausherr, CEO of PCB Libraries. “Notwithstanding its additional advanced features, the Library Expert Enterprise remains the lowest-priced library solution available, and even more of these powerful features are now available in our free version. CAD Libraries were a passion of ours for decades and we’re determined to keep it the most...

January 31, 2018

EMA Design Automation  has integrated OrCAD Capture Cloud with Ultra Librarian, providing electronics engineers with a cloud-based design tool that is fully scalable to a professional, production-ready printed circuit board (PCB) design solution.  

“Existing online design tools either lock users into a specific PCB manufacturer or don’t scale to a production-ready design process,” said Manny Marcano, president and CEO of EMA. “Integrating OrCAD Capture Cloud and Ultra Librarian provides designers with a cloud-based OrCAD Capture schematic entry tool and a comprehensive library of symbols, footprints, and 3D models that works with a proven PCB design suite for high-quality results.”

OrCAD Capture Cloud is a free, web-based subset of the OrCAD Capture schematic design tool...

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