July 1, 2015

IPC — Association Connecting Electronics Industries announced today the May findings from its monthly North American Printed Circuit Board (PCB) Statistical Program. Sales were down slightly but orders were up. The book-to-bill ratio held steady at 1.02.

PCB Industry Results

Total North American PCB shipments decreased 4.2 percent in May 2015 from May 2014, and year-to-date shipment growth declined to -1.8 percent. Compared to the previous month, PCB shipments were down 3.5 percent.

PCB bookings increased by 10.4 percent compared to May 2014, returning the year-to-date order growth rate to positive territory at 1...

June 17, 2015

Mentor Graphics Announces FloTHERM XT with EDA Connectivity for Advanced Thermal Management

Mentor Graphics Corporation (NASDAQ: MENT) today announced the newest version of the FloTHERM® XT software product with advanced thermal management capabilities for electronic systems,...

June 12, 2015

Highlights:

-  Questa® Simulation regression test speeds improved by up to 4X

-  Questa Simulation with Visualizer™ Debug Environment 2-5X faster and smaller

-  Questa Verification Management coverage data collection up to 10X faster

-  Questa Formal Apps increased performance by up to 8X

-  Questa Power Aware introduces leading support for UPF 2.1

Mentor Graphics Corporation MENT, -0.67% today announced enhancements to the Mentor® Enterprise Verification Platform (EVP) that offer new levels of performance and productivity across the platform in simulation, debug,...

June 9, 2015

Altium Ltd. has just released an open beta version of its CircuitMaker free community-driven PCB design tool. The company is inviting all interested electronics designers as well as DIYers in the maker/hobbyist as well as open hardware communities to download it. Take it for a test drive and kick the wheels to see how it works, then Altium invites you to provide feedback for further improvements.

According to Dan Fernsebner, director of Corporate Partnerships at Altium, CircuitMaker and the website associated with it have been under active development since late last year. They incorporate what both Altium engineers and early visitors to the web site think would appeal to DIYers and professionals alike. “...

June 5, 2015

TTM Technologies, Inc., a major global printed circuit board manufacturer, announced today that the company has completed its acquisition of Viasystems Group, Inc. With pro forma 2014 combined annual revenue of $2.5 billion, TTM is now one of the world's largest and most diversified PCB manufacturers with a broad product offering and the enhanced ability to support customers' product lifecycles from engineering support to prototype development through final volume production.

The acquisition, which has an implied value of approximately $950 million, further diversifies and broadens TTM's market presence and customer base, particularly with Viasystems' strength in the growing automotive sector. At the same time, Viasystems brings to TTM complementary positions in the aerospace...

June 4, 2015

Mentor Graphics Corporation (MENT) today announced the immediate availability of the EZ-VIP productivity package for ASIC and FPGA verification teams using Questa® Verification IP (QVIP). This package increases productivity by reducing the time spent creating, instantiating, configuring and connecting up a QVIP testbench by 5X or more. This means verification teams have more time available to use QVIP to verify that their design is functionally correct.

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June 3, 2015

IPC — Association Connecting Electronics Industries announced today the April findings from its monthly North American Printed Circuit Board (PCB) Statistical Program. Sales and orders were both down slightly, compared to last year. The book-to-bill ratio remained positive but decreased to 1.02.

Total North American PCB shipments decreased 1.0 percent in April 2015 from April 2014, and year-to-date shipment growth remained at -1.3 percent. Compared to the previous month, PCB shipments were down 12.1 percent. 

PCB bookings decreased by 6.3 percent compared to April 2014, reducing the year-to-date order growth rate to -0.7 percent. Orders decreased 15.1 percent in April compared to the previous month.

“North American PCB sales continued slightly below last year’s...

June 2, 2015

Altium Releases Never-Before-Seen Roadmaps for Entire Product Portfolio to Public

Altium Limited, a global leader in electronic design automation, has announced the public release of roadmaps for their entire product lineup. This never-before-seen look into the inner workings of product development at Altium provides a rare perspective on the future goals for the company's PCB focused design and management tools.

  Altium Limited has announced the public release of never-before-seen roadmaps for their entire product lineup. These roadmaps provide a rare glimpse into years of development plans for the company's PCB focused design and management tools, including...

May 30, 2015

Cadence Strengthens Allegro Technology Portfolio to Make Design Cycles Shorter and More Predictable

New Manufacturing Option streamlines handoff to manufacturing and speeds PCB documentation process by up to 60 percent

SAN JOSE, Calif., May 20, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Cadence Design Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CDNS), today unveiled the Allegro® 16.6 portfolio, which features several new products and technologies. Included in this release is the new Allegro PCB Designer Manufacturing Option, which can shorten the time to create manufacturing documentation by up to 60 percent, and several key technology updates catered to increase efficiency, control and productivity for designers, while streamlining handoff to manufacturing. Driven by...

May 29, 2015

WILSONVILLE, Ore., May 27, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- The Veloce® Power Application Software delivers:

  • A complete solution that enables a new comprehensive methodology for power
    • Accurate and early switching activity at the application level
    • Early budgeting and tradeoff exploration at RTL 
    • Analysis and sign off at the gate level
  • Real-time transfer of power switching activity, via a Dynamic Read Waveform API, to power analysis tools replacing current file-based activity transfer methodology
  • Tight integration with an ecosystem of industry-recognized power analysis tools

For a technical whitepaper visit: http://www....

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