December 4, 2017

Mentor, a Siemens business, has announced the winners of its second annual FloEFD Frontloading Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) Award. This award recognizes individuals who have successfully implemented the practice of moving CFD simulation early into their design process using the Mentor® award-winning FloEFD™ technology. This methodology reduces the overall simulation time by as much as 65-75 percent and offers x2 to x40 user productivity enhancement relative to traditional CFD approaches. 

A panel of judges selected the finalists based on submission criteria. Entrants were required to demonstrate the application of frontloading CFD with quantifiable results through published or publicly presented documentation. This included published technical and conference papers,...

November 28, 2017

Cadence Design Systems, Inc. has announced that Anirudh Devgan, executive vice president and general manager of the Digital & Signoff Group and the System & Verification Group, has been appointed president of Cadence, effective immediately.

Dr. Devgan will report to Lip-Bu Tan, Cadence chief executive officer. Together, they will further the company’s System Design Enablement strategy by accelerating the momentum in the core electronic design automation (EDA) business and delivering to the expanding needs of its growing customer base.

As Cadence’s President, Dr. Devgan will oversee Cadence’s EDA products, including the digital implementation and signoff, functional verification, custom IC design, PCB and packaging businesses. Additionally, he will be responsible...

November 20, 2017

AltiumLive 2017 Germany was a great success. The event, which hosted more than 300 designers and delegates at the Westin Grand Munich, was completely sold out.

Held on October 24–25, 2017, the summit featured presentations from experts in the PCB design industry, including Lee Ritchey of Speeding Edge, Simon Payne of Cambridge Technology Group/XJTAG, Thomas Wischnack of Porsche Engineering Services, and Andreas Doering of IBM Research Laboratory.

AltiumLive 2017 Germany was the second summit for Altium this year. The first was held in San Diego, California, USA on October 3–4.
Check out the short video below for a quick look at AltiumLive 2017, and a preview of the new Altium Designer 18.

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September 28, 2017

The Electronic System Design (ESD) Alliance Market Statistics Service (MSS) today announced that the Electronic Design Automation (EDA) industry revenue increased 9.8% for Q2 2017 to $2209.2 million, compared to $2012.6 million in Q2 2016. The four-quarters moving average, which compares the most recent four quarters to the prior four quarters, increased by 11.3%.

"The EDA industry continued to grow in Q2, reporting increases in all product categories and geographic regions," said Walden C. Rhines, board sponsor for the ESD Alliance MSS and president and CEO of Mentor, a Siemens business. "The Printed Circuit Board & Multi-Chip Module and Semiconductor IP categories reported double-digit growth in Q2, as did the Asia/Pacific region. This is the strongest Q2 in five years."...

September 20, 2017

Cadence Design Systems, Inc. today announced Cadence Allegro DesignTrue DFM technology, the industry’s first solution to perform real-time, in-design design-for-manufacturing (DFM) checks integrated with electrical, physical and spacing design rule checks (DRCs). The innovative new technology, integrated into the Allegro PCB Editor, enables PCB designers to identify and correct errors immediately, long before manufacturing signoff. By finding errors earlier, design teams reduce rework, shorten design cycles and accelerate the new product development and introduction process, potentially saving at least one day per iteration and days to weeks overall.

Unlike manufacturing signoff tools that are run in batch mode when performing DFM checks, Allegro DesignTrue DFM technology...

September 14, 2017

Cadence Design Systems, Inc. today announced Cadence Allegro DesignTrue DFM technology, the industry’s first solution to perform real-time, in-design design-for-manufacturing (DFM) checks integrated with electrical, physical and spacing design rule checks (DRCs). The innovative new technology, integrated into the Allegro PCB Editor, enables PCB designers to identify and correct errors immediately, long before manufacturing signoff. By finding errors earlier, design teams reduce rework, shorten design cycles and accelerate the new product development and introduction process, potentially saving at least one day per iteration and days to weeks overall.

Unlike manufacturing signoff tools that are run in batch mode when performing DFM checks, Allegro DesignTrue DFM technology...

August 29, 2017

There's still time to register for PCB West 2017. This annual PCB design conference will be held September 12 - 14, 2017, in Santa Clara, CA. The event includes a three-day technical conference and one-day exhibition to be held at the Santa Clara (CA) Convention Center.

The September event features more than 75 presentations, the most-ever for the 26-years-old event. Among the featured speakers are Rick Hartley, Doug Brooks and Susy Webb, with topics ranging from signal noise control, RF design, thermal considerations, flex circuits, and assembly troubleshooting.

The annual Free Wednesday program offers more than 20 free presentations covering all types of design, fabrication and assembly issues. Free Wednesday takes place September 13, the same day of the exhibition...

August 10, 2017

Mentor, a Siemens business, today announced that Artificial Machines, a leading smart machine design company that empowers its customers with cutting-edge SMART machine intellectual property, has standardized on Mentor electronic design automation (EDA) design solutions. The competitive replacement includes leading-edge Mentor solutions such as Xpedition printed circuit board (PCB) design, Hyperlynx simulation, Valor manufacturing validation and ASIC chip design tools. The Mentor portfolio provides Artificial Machines with an end-to-end electronic product design pipeline for its HAZE platform, and represents a significant infrastructure advance for the Artificial Machines design team.

Artificial Machines (AM) is a technology company working with some of the world’s largest...

August 8, 2017

Zuken and XJTAG have entered into a partnership to enhance Zuken’s CR-8000 with a design for test (DFT) capability that will improve test coverage during schematic entry. The capability is based on XJTAG’s DFT Assistant, and will be available later this year as a free plugin for Zuken’s CR-8000 Design Gateway users.

CR-8000 is a native 3D product-centric design platform for PCB-based systems. CR-8000 directly supports architecture design, concurrent multi-board PCB design, chip/package/board co-design and full 3D MCAD co-design. CR-8000 Design Gateway is Zuken’s platform for logical circuit design and verification.

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Increasingly, printed circuit boards (PCBs) are densely populated making it difficult to gain...

July 24, 2017

Mentor, a Siemens business, has released the latest version of its FloTHERM product, the industry’s most powerful and accurate computational fluid dynamics (CFD) software for electronics cooling simulation. The latest product offers new functionality aimed at increasing user effectiveness and productivity. The FloTHERM product includes Command Center, which allows users to understand the product design space by defining variations of the base models. The Command Center design window streamlines the interface and user work to achieve productivity gains. Addressing the needs of industries which demand product reliability including automotive, aerospace, and electronics, the FloTHERM product quickly identifies potential thermal problems early in the design stage to significantly lower the...

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