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...

January 15, 2018

Cadence Design Systems, Inc. announced Cadence Allegro Pulse, the PCB industry’s first solution to enable extended team collaboration by providing near-real-time insights into the complexities of the electronic design process. Allegro Pulse connects management, engineering, procurement and other business stakeholders to up-to-date work-in-progress design data in a single, unified web-based platform, enabling design teams to identify critical issues sooner, better evaluate readiness and predict and mitigate risk. As a result, companies can significantly reduce end-product cost, shorten design cycles, enable IP reuse and avoid costly fixes later in the design cycle. 

Faster time-to-market demands have placed tremendous pressure upon today’s electronic design process. Multiple...

January 9, 2018

Over the past several years, "Library Expert Professional" has been a leading PCB Library automation tool that has had hundreds of new features and upgrades including automation for 3D STEP model creation, footprint designer for non-standard packages, new standard component families, upgraded CAD LEAP Technology (User Preferences) and much more, including schematic symbol support. These features have made the Library Expert as the most powerful footprint and 3D STEP tool in the industry. The Library Expert Pro, the industry’s original IPC-7351-based footprint generator, has outgrown its name, and is now "Library Expert Enterprise".

This change better reflects the advanced features it currently has, the new features planned for 2018, and its capacity to provide enterprise-level...

January 2, 2018

1. TTM Shines a Light on Optical Interconnect

Are embedded optics on PCBs set to make a breakthrough in the upcoming years? According to Dr. Craig Davidson, VP of Corporate Technology at TTM, it might be closer than you’d expect. In a recent interview with the I-Connect007 team, Craig outlines TTM’s current pursuit of high-volume manufacturing lines able to deliver embedded optical interconnect, what that would mean for the PCB industry, and why he thinks there will be manufacturing production capability by 2020.

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December 18, 2017


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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