January 13, 2017

Increasing design efficiency is the biggest challenge in the PCB business today.

Design teams are pushed to continually add product functionality while reducing design time, cutting product costs, and improving product quality. A recent survey by Aberdeen identifies increased pressure to meet delivery deadlines as the number one driver of improvements in PCB processes.

The answer to this challenge is concurrent team work throughout the entire design flow.

Watch this video and learn how to reduce design time, cut product costs, and improve product quality by enabling PCB engineering teams to collaborate in real-time with concurrent schematic design technology.

January 6, 2017

EMA Design Automation, a full-service provider and innovator of electronic design automation (EDA) solutions, and AEi Systems, a world leader in power electronics modeling, analysis and design, has released version 4.2 of AEi Systems’ Power IC Model Library for the Cadence® PSpice® simulator.

“We’ve spent over 1,000 man-hours testing, simulating, and optimizing the new models in this release,” said Charles Hymowitz, managing director at AEi Systems.  “Overall we’ve invested about 17,000 hours creating and verifying the 600+ models in this library.”

Version 4.2 has over 600 high-fidelity and correlated simulation models for power electronic designs. The latest version adds test sources...

December 23, 2016

The Electronic System Design (ESD) Alliance Market Statistics Service (MSS) today announced that the Electronic Design Automation (EDA) industry revenue increased 7.0% for Q3 2016 to $2093.7 million, compared to $1957.5 million in Q3 2015. The four-quarters moving average, which compares the most recent four quarters to the prior four quarters, increased by 3.7%. 

"The industry realized solid growth in Q3, with all of the geographic regions – Americas, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Japan, and Asia/Pacific - reporting revenue increases," said Walden C. Rhines, board sponsor for the ESD Alliance MSS and chairman and CEO of Mentor Graphics. "Product categories CAE, Semiconductor IP, IC Physical Design & Verification, and services all reported increases in the third quarter...

December 14, 2016

After experiencing record user growth in the past year, Altium has launched the latest version of their leading PCB design software with Altium Designer 17. This release further embodies Altium’s commitment to passionate design by significantly reducing the time spent on non-design related tasks. Designers can leverage several advanced new technologies to center their focus on actual design rather than the mundane tasks that often plague the design process.

“Altium Designer 17 is a continuation of our ongoing pursuit to...

December 5, 2016

Future Market Insights delivers key insights on the global PCB design software market in a new report titled “PCB Design Software Market: Global Industry Analysis and Opportunity Assessment, 2016–2026.” The global PCB design software market is anticipated to grow from US$ 1,409.3 Mn in 2016 to US$ 4,755.1 Mn by 2026, registering a CAGR of 12.9% in terms of revenue during the forecast period (2016-2026). In this report, the global PCB design software market is tracked in terms of value, and is calibrated to obtain the market revenue estimates.

PCB design software is used by engineers for designing the printed circuit board on a device, using various features that aim to address issues an engineer faces such as those related to signal and power integrity, while designing a PCB...

November 28, 2016

Mentor Graphics Corporation today announced financial results for the company’s fiscal third quarter ended October 31, 2016. The company reported revenues of $322.5 million, GAAP earnings per share of $0.37 and non-GAAP earnings per share of $0.50.

Fiscal Third Quarter Performance

  • Book to bill was a record for a third quarter and solidly above 1.0 for the second consecutive quarter.
  • Annualized fee growth for top 10 renewals was 60 percent overall with fees from systems customers growing over 160 percent and those from integrated circuit (IC) customers growing 35 percent.
  • Average term length for renewals in the top 10 deals was 3.1 years.
  • Emulation product revenue, up 100 percent year over year, included 4 new...
November 21, 2016

Cadence Design Systems, Inc. today announced that its OrCAD Capture has been enhanced to now include XJTAG DFT Assistant, an easy-to-use interface that significantly increases the design for test (DFT) and debug capabilities of the schematic capture and PCB design system. Developed by boundary-scan hardware and software tool supplier XJTAG, XJTAG DFT Assistant allows users to detect and correct JTAG errors at the design stage before the PCB is produced, preventing costly re-spins and project delays. For more information, visit www.orcad.com/xjtag-orcad.

“PCBs have become increasingly densely populated, and accessing pins under packages such as ball grid arrays (BGAs) has been virtually impossible,” said Kishore Karnane, product...

November 10, 2016

IPC – Association Connecting Electronics Industries® has launched a new online training course, IPC Essentials, designed to enhance knowledge of IPC standards, the standards development process and how standards can be used on the factory floor. The course is now available on IPC’s online learning platform, IPC EDGE and was developed for new factory floor personnel as well as operators seeking certified IPC specialist (CIS) status.

Through animation and live video footage, “Stella,” an animated factory operator, navigates students through a brief history of IPC, the electronics industry, and how standards are used in printed circuit board (PCB) manufacturing from design concept to a finished product and steps in between. Students will also learn how IPC...

November 7, 2016

In-Circuit Design Pty Ltd (ICD), Australia, developer of the iCD Stackup and PDN Planner software, has released a new Termination Planner feature for its Stackup software.

The key pillars of high-speed design stability are stackup impedance, PDN impedance, and matched impedance. ICD currently has the first two issues covered with the Stackup and PDN Planner software. And now, the Termination Planner feature has also been introduced to complement the existing software.

 

“For perfect transfer of energy and to benefit from the highest possible bandwidth, the impedance of the driver must match the impedance of the...

November 3, 2016

Mentor Graphics Corporation (MENT) today announced its new Xpedition® multi-board systems design solution which enables seamless concurrent multi-discipline team collaboration to efficiently manage increasing system complexity. The Xpedition flow maximizes team efficiency by eliminating redundant effort during the design process, and optimizes product performance and reliability with a data management infrastructure. This ensures data integrity and leverages reusable IP across all boards, connectors, and cables in the system. 

Mentor Graphics(R) new Xpedition(R) multi-board systems design...

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