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.

May 17, 2017

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May 15, 2017

Nearly all companies listed on TrendForce’s revenue ranking of the global top 10 fabless IC design houses for the first quarter posted year-on-year growth. Novatek was the sole exception and saw a slight dip in its revenue compared with the same period a year ago. For IC companies, the growing sources of end-market demand for this year come from networking equipment, data centers, servers and automotive electronics.

Broadcom Limited, which is a major supplier of products related to network infrastructure and wireless communication, dethroned Qualcomm as the revenue leader for the first quarter of 2017. NVIDIA exhibited impressive growth recently and took third place by displacing MediaTek, which occupied that spot for quite a long period.

TrendForce analyst CY Yao pointed...

May 10, 2017

Mentor, a Siemens business, has launched the newest release of the FloTHERM® XT electronics cooling software product with advanced thermal management capabilities. Based on the electronics cooling DNA of the Mentor market-leading FloTHERM technology and the FloEFD™ CAD-centric philosophy, the award-winning FloTHERM XT product is the industry’s first integrated mechanical design automation (MDA) and electronic design automation (EDA) electronics cooling solution.

This latest version of the FloTHERM XT product offers new functionalities developed from customer feedback to effectively simulate thermal effects of complex geometries.

Key capabilities in this new FloTHERM XT release include simulation of spinning parts in electronic enclosures; temperature-dependent power...

May 3, 2017

EMA Design Automation has just released a new E-Learning training platform and an OrCAD certification program to help OrCAD users improve their proficiency with the toolset and earn a certification to demonstrate their level of knowledge. “Quite often, customers will ask me if I know of any qualified engineers that they could hire and put to work immediately,” said Manny Marcano, president and CEO of EMA. “Because of this certification program, with a simple web search and a review of LinkedIn certification credentials, hiring managers can easily find qualified OrCAD engineering candidates.”

The new E-Learning platform allows students to learn at their own pace. The E-Learning modules cover the same material as their classroom counterparts, providing comprehensive training...

April 17, 2017

Mentor, a Siemens business, today announced the call-for-entries of its 27th annual Technology Leadership Awards (TLA) competition, continuing its tradition of recognizing excellence in printed circuit board (PCB) design. Started in 1988, this program is the longest running competition of its kind in the EDA industry. It recognizes engineers and CAD designers who use the innovative technology provided by Mentor Graphics Corporation to address today’s complex PCB systems design challenges and produce industry-leading products.

Prominent experts in the PCB industry will judge the contest, including: Michael R. Creeden, San Diego PCB CEO and founder; Gary Ferrari, FTG Circuits technical support director; Rick Hartley, RHartley Enterprises principal engineer; Steve Herbstman,...

April 10, 2017

EMA Design Automation, a full-service provider and innovator of Electronic Design Automation (EDA) solutions, has just released PCB Clustering for OrCAD. “As designs become more complex and project timelines more compressed, it’s important to identify opportunities to enhance design processes,” said Manny Marcano, president and CEO of EMA. “PCB Clustering for OrCAD provides AutoClustering technology, intelligent design (IP) reuse, and replication technology that can significantly reduce board placement time.”

PCB Clustering for OrCAD resides directly in the OrCAD PCB Editor canvas.  Related components are typically grouped together in the schematic.  PCB Clustering can leverage this information to auto-generate tiled...

April 6, 2017

With the recent closing of its acquisition of electronic design automation (EDA) software leader, Mentor Graphics Corporation (Mentor), Siemens sets out to underscore the significant customer value it envisions for both Electronic Systems and Integrated Circuit (IC) design tools. Mentor is now part of Siemens' product lifecycle management (PLM) software business, making the combined organization the world's leading supplier of industrial software used for product design, simulation, verification, testing and manufacturing. As today's products – from smart phones and household appliances, to automobiles, aircraft and machinery – continue to increase the use of sophisticated embedded electronics, Siemens has uniquely positioned itself to provide a seamless and comprehensive software...

March 29, 2017

The Electronic System Design (ESD) Alliance Market Statistics Service (MSS) today announced that the Electronic Design Automation (EDA) industry revenue increased 18.9% for Q4 2016 to $2.45 billion, compared to $2.06 billion in Q4 2015. PCB & MCM earned revenue of $235.4 million for Q4 2016, an increase of 42.5% over the same period in 2015. The four-quarters moving average, which compares the most recent four quarters to the prior four quarters, increased by 9.2%.

"The EDA industry reported double-digit growth for Q4 in all four geographic regions Americas, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Japan, and Asia/Pacific. “The Americas reported more than $1B for Q4, an all-time record, and Japan grew in double digits for the...

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