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, printed...

June 12, 2015


-  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.


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...


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