May 26, 2015

Compass Diversified Holdings, an owner of leading middle market businesses, announced today its consolidated operating results for the three months ended March 31, 2015.

First Quarter 2015 Highlights

  • Generated Cash Flow Available for Distribution and Reinvestment of $15.5 million for the first quarter of 2015;
  • Reported a net loss of $25.3 million for the first quarter of 2015;
  • Paid a first quarter 2015 cash distribution of $0.36 per share in April 2015, bringing cumulative distributions paid to $12.1152 per share since CODI's IPO in May of 2006.

"During the first quarter, our leading niche industrial and branded consumer businesses generated predictable levels of free cash flow that were consistent with management's...

May 20, 2015

Altium has announced an open beta program for their community-driven PCB design tool. CircuitMaker will be available worldwide to all interested electronics designers, and aims to address the unique needs of the electronics maker and hobbyist community with a free software offering. Anyone interested in participating in the open beta can register now at the CircuitMaker website, with invitations being sent out early next week

“We’re incredibly excited to see how the CircuitMaker community will grow and evolve during this open beta program,” said Ben Jordan, Product Manager at Altium. “The electronics maker community has always been characterized by a very organic and collaborative growth process, and now electronics...

January 14, 2015

Global electronic components distributor Digi-Key Corporation, the industry leader in electronic component selection, availability and delivery, today reported increase of over 11-percent in 2014 North American sales revenue, as compared to the prior year. Amid single digit sales reports across the industry, Digi-Key attributes its success to a spike in innovation driven by emerging technologies and increasing demand for its engineer-centric, fast and efficient product distribution model.

In 2014, Digi-Key noted an especially healthy demand for Internet of Things (IoT) or device-to-device connectivity driven by advances in wireless, embedded, single board computers, sensors and motion control along with demand for cloud-enabled applications. The company also attributes...

January 13, 2015

Worldwide PC shipments totaled 80.8 million units in the fourth quarter of 2014, a year-on-year decline of 2.4%, according to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly PC Tracker. Total shipments were slightly above expectations of -4.8% growth, but the market still contracted both year on year and in comparison to the third quarter.

Although the holiday quarter saw shipment volume inch above 80 million for the first time in 2014, the final quarter nonetheless marked the end of yet another difficult year – the third consecutive year with overall volumes declining. On an annual basis, 2014 shipments totaled 308.6 million units, down 2.1% from the prior year.

Although the U.S. and Europe remained stronger than other markets, growth in these mature regions...

January 12, 2015

Oki Printed Circuits Co., Ltd., an OKI Group company responsible for printed circuit board business, recently established a mass-production technology for printed circuit boards having a maximum board thickness of 3.5 mm (30 layers) to support next-generation 1,000-pin LSIs with a pin pitch of 0.35 mm, which are expected to see future use in various smart devices such as smartphones. The mass production commenced in December 2014 on printed circuit boards...

January 9, 2015
Register Now for the January 13 DFMStream Webinar
Wednesday, January 07, 2015 | DownStream Technologies

At this webinar, attendees will learn about DFMStream, the new product from DownStream Technologies that provides powerful DFM capabilities in an easy-to- use environment. DFMStream bridges the gap between engineering and fabrication, helps save valuable time and reduces bottlenecks.

The Webinar will demonstrate the Design Analyzer, the new Paste Mask analysis, new features available in Streams Rule Checking, and all the new checks we have developed and announced in Release 11...

January 8, 2015

INLYNK, a premier software solutions provider for the electronics industry, has released version 4.3 of its flagship product. Optymo is a sophisticated BOM and parts management solution that helps organizations to better manage their design and production steps. This new version is the result of a very successful collaboration between Altium, Octopart and INLYNK.

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January 7, 2015
IEEE to Adopt the HDBaseT Standard
Wednesday, January 07, 2015 | BUSINESS WIRE

The HDBaseT Alliance, the cross-industry group tasked with promoting and advancing HDBaseT standard, and IEEE, the world’s largest professional organization advancing technology for humanity, today announced the HDBaseT Specifications 1.1.0 and 2.0 have been approved by the IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA) Standards Board for adoption as part of the organization’s standard portfolio.

HDBaseT is a successful technology for long-distance ultra-high definition distribution of digital media today,...

January 6, 2015

Mentor Graphics Corp. has announced the latest release of FloEFD, its computational fluid dynamics (CFD) software. The new release provides advanced capabilities and functions that let designers and analysts create more realistic operating environments and models for improved simulation accuracy.  New features include a sliding mesh model for rotating equipment such as pumps, fans, and blowers; water film simulation to calculate surface condensation and icing film thickness; together with radiation and lighting enhancements. These new capabilities support automotive industry initiatives for developing state of the art lighting products as well as enabling manufacturers to design better pumps, fans and blowers.  ...

January 5, 2015

Electronic Design and Microwaves&RF are providing a webcast discussing PCB materials, simulations, and measurements for 32 Gb/s.  

Why this Webcast is Important:

Breaking the 32 Gb/s barrier for printed circuit board (PCB) channels requires a strong understanding of PCB stack-up design, simulation methods, and measurement techniques.  How a PCB fabrication document calls out the materials, such as fiber weave and surface roughness, is critical to high speed performance.  Accuracies of channel performance time and frequency domain simulations at the higher data rates require knowledge of as-fabricated material properties and tolerances.  Design and measurement of test...

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