October 18, 2016

Rigid-flex printed circuit boards are used everywhere in the electronics industry. They can be found in digital cameras, hearing aids, pacemakers, health trackers, and many more products.

A rigid-flex design typically consists of multiple inner layers of flexible circuits, in addition to the rigid regions typical to everyday PCBs. This unique form introduces a distinct set of design challenges.

This video from Mentor Graphics will demonstrate how correct-by-construction design technology simplifies the creation process of rigid-flex circuits, allowing designers to focus on optimizing form factor and quality.


October 13, 2016

The Electronic System Design (ESD) Alliance (formerly EDAC) Market Statistics Service (MSS) today announced that the Electronic Design Automation (EDA) industry revenue increased 5.6% for Q2 2016 to $2.0 billion, compared to $1.9 billion in Q2 2015. The four-quarters moving average, which compares the most recent four quarters to the prior four quarters, increased by 3.6%.

"Industry revenue reflected solid growth in Q2, including increases in the Americas and double-digit increases in Asia-Pacific andJapan," said Walden C. Rhines, board sponsor for the ESD Alliance MSS and chairman and CEO of Mentor Graphics. "Product categories CAE, Semiconductor IP, IC Physical Design & Verification, and PCB & MCM all reported...

September 29, 2016

Distributor Farnell element14, in partnership with Altium, has released version 1.2 of Altium CircuitStudio; the package is a full professional PCB design tool with schematic capture, feature-rich PCB editing and centralised component management. It is now available at a price point of €957 / £753.

September 28, 2016

Mentor Graphics Corporation today announced that Siemens Building Technologies has deployed Mentor's SystemVision product with Siemens printed circuit board to (PCB) design teams around the world, providing an upfront, mechatronic simulation environment and a qualified, central library for the Mentor Graphics Xpedition Enterprise PCB design flow. Early simulation using the SystemVision tool allows designers to make design decisions regarding component tradeoffs, find design mistakes, and verify their designs before PCB layout. The central library allows teams to exchange projects around the world, which eliminates errors due to using different libraries and tools for simulation and PCB layout.

The SystemVision multi-discipline collaboration environment lets designers at Siemens...

September 16, 2016

The Evolution of Altium: Road to a Record-Breaking Year

September 14, 2016 | Judy Warner, I-Connect007

Chris Donato, VP of sales for Altium Americas, sat down with me recently to discuss what he and Altium have been up to lately, where they came from (Australia) and what the future holds for Altium. This company has evolved from flying well under the radar during the acquisition frenzy of the ‘80s, to achieving a record $100 million in sales for fiscal year 2016.

Judy Warner: Chris, it's great to speak with you. I'm excited to hear about Altium and what you're doing. Let’s start by telling our readers about yourself, your background, and how you came to be the...

September 6, 2016

PentaLogix announces the completion of its Gerber X2 input and output. Working closely with Ucamco, the developer of the Gerber format, PentaLogix has successfully implemented Gerber X2. The output has been fully verified by Ucamco, who confirm it conforms to the X2 specification.

Ucamco launched Gerber X2 with a single goal in mind: to provide a robust, standardized method for automatically transferring layout data and valuable PCB design information from CAD to CAM. Extended Gerber has always done a great job of handling the first part; the image data. But now with Gerber X2, the PCB industry's de facto standard image format is even better. That's because Gerber X2 offers...

September 2, 2016

How do you intuitively engineer good impedance controlled PCB stack-up and routing plans for each new design which meet all of their specific impedance control design requirements?  

-  Search on the Internet?

-  Do hand calculations?

-  Ask a friend?

-  Always force the design into the same one or two because they worked in the past?

-  Buy a very expensive and complex tool like Polar?

-  “Feel” the best solution?

-  Hire an “expert” to do it?

Can you intuitively visualize and understand what it’s doing and how to reliably use it?

How do you efficiently approach gathering the raw data to make the final choices?

This webinar, presented by Nine Dot Connects on August 31, will answer these questions, and many more....

August 31, 2016

Altium has announced the completed acquisition of Perception Software, an industry leading provider of enterprise PLM integration solutions. Perception Software will bring over a decade of enterprise integration expertise and technology to the Altium portfolio, allowing engineers and manufacturers to design, build, and support innovative products. As part of this acquisition, Perception Software will continue to operate independently as they bridge the data and information gap between EDA design teams and the enterprise supply chain. 

“With Perception’s innovative technology and expertise in enterprise integration, the EDA industry as a whole stands to benefit with a more connected and seamless product design ecosystem,” said Henry Potts, Chief Operating Officer at Altium. “Our...

August 17, 2016





Attend Cadence's complimentary two-day workshop to learn how you can do a more thorough job of verifying your SoC designs. Cadence experts will guide you through new protocol developments and demonstrate the application of Verification IP (VIP) to debug these interfaces: PCI Express...

August 15, 2016

Mentor Graphics Corporation today announced the first phase of the new Xpedition printed circuit design (PCB) flow to address the increasing complexity of today's advanced systems designs. The increasing densities of electronics products are forcing companies to develop highly compact system designs with more functionality, and at lower costs. To efficiently manage the density and performance requirements for advanced PCB systems, the new Xpedition flow provides advanced technologies to enable design and verification of 3D rigid-flex structures, and to automate layout of high-speed topologies with advanced constraints.



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