August 26, 2015

Altium Limited has announced the acquisition of two industry-leading electronic parts content and search providers, Octopart and Ciiva. A definitive purchase agreement has been signed to acquire Octopart, a provider of electronic parts data and specialized inventory search. In addition, a finalized agreement has been signed to acquire Ciiva, a cloud-based electronic component management system that controls and tracks components throughout the product lifecycle management process. These acquisitions will enable Altium to expand their product lineup to include an integrated content strategy for enhanced component management workflows.

“The acquisitions of Octopart and Ciiva represent a significant step forward in the evolution of the Altium content strategy,” said Aram Mirkazemi...

August 21, 2015

Techni IM Gold AT8000, Technic’s new non-cyanide gold process released earlier this year, eliminates discoloration of white solder mask when using ENIG as a final finish.

Technic has conducted extensive research to determine and eliminate the cause of discoloration of white solder mask which occurs during ENIG processing. It has been established that this discoloration is directly related to the chemistry of the immersion gold processes commonly used for these applications. Materials in these processes react with the titanium dioxide in the solder mask pigmentation and produce the red or pink discoloration after SMT reflow.

Techni IM Gold AT8000 eliminates the compounds found in the typical cyanide based immersion gold processes which react with the titanium dioxide to...

August 12, 2015

EMA Design Automation, a fullservice provider of Electronic Design Automation (EDA) solutions, and Arena Solutions, the pioneer of cloud-based Product Lifecycle Management (PLM)applications, today announced that Cadence OrCAD PCB (printed circuit board) design tools and the Arena cloud-based PLM system are now more comprehensively integrated.

“This new software integration is a result of the strategic alliance we announced at the beginning of this year,” said Manny Marcano, president and CEO of EMA. “Engineering teams will now have a direct...

August 10, 2015

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Altium has announced the release of a major update to their TASKING compiler for TriCore/AURIX microcontrollers which power advanced automotive applications. This new release supports the next generation of Infineon TriCore technologies and enables engineers to begin early development on advanced automotive applications before the new AURIX...

July 31, 2015

Industries® announced today the June findings from its monthly North American Printed Circuit Board (PCB) Statistical Program. Sales and orders were up and the book-to-bill ratio strengthened to 1.06.

Total North American PCB shipments increased 4.0 percent in June 2015 from June 2014, improving year-to-date shipment growth to -0.8 percent. Compared to the previous month, PCB shipments were up 18.7 percent. 

PCB bookings grew 13.7 percent compared to June 2014, increasing year-to-date order growth to 3.6 percent. Orders were up 32.5 percent in June compared to the previous month.

"North American PCB sales exceeded last year's level in June for the first time this year, and order growth was the strongest it has been...

July 27, 2015

Miniaturization of electronics is continuing to increase power densities at all packaging levels. Miniaturization arises from cost reduction, being the key driver in many industry sectors, resulting in increasingly tighter design margins and less tolerance of over-design. This is particularly true in the physical design of the product, where over-design results in additional weight, volume, and in some cases manufacturing and assembly costs, increasing the cost of the final product.

Removing heat is critical to the operation and long-term reliability of electronics. Component temperatures within specification are the universal criteria used to determine the acceptability of a design. Cooling solutions directly add weight, volume, and cost to the product, without delivering any...

July 8, 2015

The EDA Consortium (EDAC) Market Statistics Service (MSS) has announced that the EDA industry revenue increased 7.5 percent for Q1 2015 to $1.87 billion, up from $1.75 billion in Q1 2014. PCB and MCM revenue rose 1.1 percent compared to the previous-year period. The four-quarters moving average, which compares the most recent four quarters to the prior four quarters, increased by 8.0 percent.

"The EDA Industry continues to show solid revenue growth in the first quarter, led by semiconductor IP," said Walden C. Rhines, board sponsor for the EDAC MSS and chairman and CEO of Mentor Graphics. "All categories showed revenue increases except CAE. Geographically, the Americas and Asia-Pacific reported double-digit growth."

Companies that were tracked employed a record 32,127...

July 6, 2015

Intel Custom Foundry Expands Offering with Reliability Checking Using Calibre PERC

Mentor Graphics Corp. (NASDAQ: MENT) today announced that Intel Custom Foundry is expanding its 14nm platform offering to include reliability verification based on the Calibre® PERC™ platform for its customers. Intel and Mentor Graphics jointly developed an initial set of electrical checks to help improve IC dependability, and are also collaborating to add additional check types over time for foundry customers on Intel's 14nm process.

"Collaborating with Mentor on a comprehensive suite of reliability checks helps ensure that mutual customer designs achieve the highest level of dependability, quality, and robustness for the Intel 14nm platform which includes the second...

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,...

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