November 25, 2015

Altium Designer 16 Released

What's new

Altium Designer 16 focuses on features to more enable engineers in getting their designs done faster and error-free with powerful automation and productivity tools: 

Key highlights include: 


3D STEP Model Generation Wizard

Altium Designer 16...

November 23, 2015

On October 18, 2015, IPC – Association Connecting Electronics Industries, the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM), the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), the Information Technology Industry Council (ITIC), and the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) filed joint comments on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) TSCA Work Plan Chemical Problem Formulation of Tetrabromobisphenol A and Related Chemicals Cluster (Plan).

IPC and its fellow commenters voiced concern that the EPA’s Plan contains incomplete and inaccurate information regarding the uses of Tetrabromobisphenol A (TBBPA). The comments discussed in its main application (...

November 20, 2015

Dragon Fly 3D PCBNano Dimension Ltd.  today revealed the world’s first desktop-sized 3D printer designed specifically for the production of professional multilayer printed circuit boards (PCBs). The DragonFly 2020 3D Printer, being demonstrated in the US for the first time at the Printed Electronics USA 2015 conference (Booth F09), will allow users to build functional, multilayer circuit board prototypes in-house –in a matter of hours.

The capability of rapidly producing functional multilayer PCB prototypes using 3D printing is new to...

November 17, 2015

What: Orange County chapter of the IPC Designers Council "Lunch 'n' Learn" Meeting
Date: Wednesday November 18, 2015
Time: 11:30 am - 1:30 pm  
Where: Harvard Athletic Park multi-purpose room – Irvine    
Topic:    PCB Routing Guidelines for Signal Integrity and Power Integrity. Also includes recommendations to improve high-speed performance of any design at any data rate Speaker:  Chris Heard, signal integrity engineering consultant, CSH Consulting LLC

 Speaker Chris Heard has been deeply involved with signal and power Integrity for over 25 years and has a wealth of knowledge to share. Chris’s presentation will cover a list of "Do’s and Don'ts" regarding the most commonly seen routing practices that have a big impact on signal integrity. His presentation...

November 11, 2015

PADs PCB LayoutMentor Graphics Corporation (NASDAQ: MENT) today announced new PADS®3D tool capabilities plus major usability enhancements to the PADS flow for printed circuit board (PCB) design. The new technology provides visualization, placement, and design rule checking in 3D, minimizing iterations with mechanical and manufacturing...

November 5, 2015

PCB Layout RobotPhidias, LLC introduces a low cost machine that can produce virtually all components required to make complete, finished products. Derived from 3-D printer technology, the new machine, a Personal Manufacturing Robot, has a growing list of capabilities that includes making printed circuit boards, 3-D printing with plastics, pastes and foodstuffs and cutting vinyl.



“It's really exciting to see what's possible with Athena,” said Bas Wijnen, one of the company's founders and PhD...

November 4, 2015

IPC — Association Connecting Electronics Industries® announced today the September findings from its monthly North American Printed Circuit Board (PCB) Statistical Program. Sales growth continued in September and the book-to-bill ratio fell back to a more normal but still positive 1.05.

Total North American PCB shipments increased 3.3 percent in September 2015 compared to September 2014. Year-to-date shipment growth finally reached positive territory at 0.3 percent, after struggling to overcome negative sales growth rates seen earlier this year. Compared to the previous month, PCB shipments were up 12.1 percent.


October 23, 2015

Cadence Design Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CDNS) today announced that its Allegro® System-in-Package (SiP) and Physical Verification System (PVS) implementation technologies have been enabled for TSMC's Integrated Fan-Out (InFO) packaging technology. By providing an integrated solution that automates the design-rule checking (DRC) flow, the Allegro SiP design tools and PVS enable TSMC customers to shorten the InFO design and verification cycle.

TSMC's InFO advanced wafer-level packaging technology provides cost-effective system scaling to increase system bandwidth, while decreasing power consumption and device form factors. Compared to other methodologies, InFO is an...

October 21, 2015

Altium Ltd., a global leader in smart system design automation, 3D PCB design (Altium Designer) and embedded software development (TASKING), has announced that its C compiler for the new generation of Generic Timer Modules from BOSCH Semiconductors will be made available as a standalone TASKING toolset.

“Our ongoing partnership with BOSCH has allowed us to develop the most advanced C compilers available for the v3.x of the GTM-IP core,” said Harm-André Verhoef, TASKING product manager at Altium. “We are more committed than ever to being the leading provider of development toolsets for advanced automotive applications, and this release reaffirms our commitment to provide the highest quality toolsets for engineers all around the world.”


October 6, 2015

SnapEDA's DesignHub portal allows hardware developers to access platform independent component CAD models and download them in the PCB design tool of their choice.

 Pity the poor hardware developer faced with taking a printed circuit board design to completion in an environment in which there are more than 25 million...


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