August 10, 2017

Mentor, a Siemens business, today announced that Artificial Machines, a leading smart machine design company that empowers its customers with cutting-edge SMART machine intellectual property, has standardized on Mentor electronic design automation (EDA) design solutions. The competitive replacement includes leading-edge Mentor solutions such as Xpedition printed circuit board (PCB) design, Hyperlynx simulation, Valor manufacturing validation and ASIC chip design tools. The Mentor portfolio provides Artificial Machines with an end-to-end electronic product design pipeline for its HAZE platform, and represents a significant infrastructure advance for the Artificial Machines design team.

Artificial Machines (AM) is a technology company working with some of the world’s largest...

August 8, 2017

Zuken and XJTAG have entered into a partnership to enhance Zuken’s CR-8000 with a design for test (DFT) capability that will improve test coverage during schematic entry. The capability is based on XJTAG’s DFT Assistant, and will be available later this year as a free plugin for Zuken’s CR-8000 Design Gateway users.

CR-8000 is a native 3D product-centric design platform for PCB-based systems. CR-8000 directly supports architecture design, concurrent multi-board PCB design, chip/package/board co-design and full 3D MCAD co-design. CR-8000 Design Gateway is Zuken’s platform for logical circuit design and verification.

Validate JTAG chain connectivity

Increasingly, printed circuit boards (PCBs) are densely populated making it difficult to gain...

July 24, 2017

Mentor, a Siemens business, has released the latest version of its FloTHERM product, the industry’s most powerful and accurate computational fluid dynamics (CFD) software for electronics cooling simulation. The latest product offers new functionality aimed at increasing user effectiveness and productivity. The FloTHERM product includes Command Center, which allows users to understand the product design space by defining variations of the base models. The Command Center design window streamlines the interface and user work to achieve productivity gains. Addressing the needs of industries which demand product reliability including automotive, aerospace, and electronics, the FloTHERM product quickly identifies potential thermal problems early in the design stage to significantly lower the...

July 3, 2017

Zuken now offers enhanced support for communication between multidisciplinary design teams through the new CADSTAR Redlining markup tool.

The latest version of its CADSTAR desktop PCB design software also supports industry requirements for high-speed design, and includes across-the-board performance enhancements and ease-of-use features. One highlight is developments in the industry-leading Activ-45 router – making the routing experience even more intuitive and powerful, and giving users more control over their designs.

 Redlining for speedy and accurate communication

The new CADSTAR Redlining tool improves...

June 27, 2017

In this June 29, 2017 webinar, attendees will get an overview of the functionality in the PADS Router environment and demonstrate how easy it is to route to the rules created for your design, including your high-speed constraints.

Attendees will learn:

-  Interactive routing and other PCB layout functions in the PADS Router

-  Defining high-speed contraints

-  Autorouting in the PADS Router with high-speed rules

-  Setting up routing Strategies for the PADS Router

Webinar presenter Ernie Frohring is a senior applications engineer with Trilogic Inc. He specializes in high-speed design, teaching classes, doing presentations, and working one-on-one with customers using the EDA tools from Mentor Graphics

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June 15, 2017

Mentor, a Siemens business, today announced that it has launched the Mentor OSAT (Outsourced Assembly and Test) Alliance program to help drive ecosystem capabilities in support of new high-density advanced packaging (HDAP) technologies like 2.5D IC, 3D IC and fan-out wafer-level packaging (FOWLP) for customer integrated circuit (IC) designs. By launching this program, Mentor will work with OSATs to provide fabless companies with design kits, certified tools, and best practices to aid in smoother adoption of these new packaging solutions that require a much tighter link between chip and package design. Mentor also announced Amkor Technology, Inc. as its first OSAT Alliance member.   

Through the Mentor OSAT Alliance, members work with Mentor to create certified design kits to...

June 5, 2017

Mentor, a Siemens business, today announced that it has launched the Mentor OSAT (Outsourced Assembly and Test) Alliance program to help drive ecosystem capabilities in support of new high-density advanced packaging (HDAP) technologies like 2.5D IC, 3D IC and fan-out wafer-level packaging (FOWLP) for customer integrated circuit (IC) designs. By launching this program, Mentor will work with OSATs to provide fabless companies with design kits, certified tools, and best practices to aid in smoother adoption of these new packaging solutions that require a much tighter link between chip and package design. Mentor also announced Amkor Technology, Inc. as its first OSAT Alliance member.   

Through the Mentor OSAT Alliance, members work with Mentor to create certified design kits to...

June 1, 2017

ntercept Technology Inc., a leader in EDA engineering and layout applications, today announces the availability of a major new enhancement release of its Pantheon PCB layout software, which includes specialized RF and Hybrid design flows. Complementing this new Pantheon version is a major enhancement release of Intercept’s Mozaix CAE schematic design software. The Mozaix version 5.0 and Pantheon version 7.2 releases are paired together with unified user interfaces for increased productivity for existing users, and for shorter ramp up time for new users. Both new versions are fully compliant on Microsoft Windows 10 and Linux Redhat 6.

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May 26, 2017

This article was published in the April 2017 issue of the PCB Design Magazine.

A few months before I joined Altium, while I was still with I-Connect007, I sat down with Lawrence Romine to discuss the company’s drive to satisfy the individual PCB designer, and not necessarily the OEMs who employ them. Romine also explains what sets designers and engineers apart from the average person, and why some Altium users have a different primary EDA tool, but use Altium when they need a design done fast.

Judy Warner: Lawrence, before we get started, why don't you tell us a little bit about your background.

Lawrence Romine: My background is about 16 years in professional business. My father was an engineer. Grew up working in the garage with...

May 22, 2017

This Mentor white paper, originally presented at DesignCon and nominated for a best paper award, includes an investigation of DDR4's Pseudo Open Drain driver and what its use means for power consumption and Vref levels for the receivers.

This paper also examines a DDR4 system design example and the need for simulating with IBIS power aware models versus transistor level models for Simultaneous Switching Noise characterization.

To download this paper, click here.

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