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.

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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...

June 2, 2015

Altium Releases Never-Before-Seen Roadmaps for Entire Product Portfolio to Public

Altium Limited, a global leader in electronic design automation, has announced the public release of roadmaps for their entire product lineup. This never-before-seen look into the inner workings of product development at Altium provides a rare perspective on the future goals for the company's PCB focused design and management tools.

  Altium Limited has announced the public release of never-before-seen roadmaps for their entire product lineup. These roadmaps provide a rare glimpse into years of development plans for the company's PCB focused design and management tools, including...

May 30, 2015

Cadence Strengthens Allegro Technology Portfolio to Make Design Cycles Shorter and More Predictable

New Manufacturing Option streamlines handoff to manufacturing and speeds PCB documentation process by up to 60 percent

SAN JOSE, Calif., May 20, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Cadence Design Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CDNS), today unveiled the Allegro® 16.6 portfolio, which features several new products and technologies. Included in this release is the new Allegro PCB Designer Manufacturing Option, which can shorten the time to create manufacturing documentation by up to 60 percent, and several key technology updates catered to increase efficiency, control and productivity for designers, while streamlining handoff to manufacturing. Driven by...

May 29, 2015

WILSONVILLE, Ore., May 27, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- The Veloce® Power Application Software delivers:

  • A complete solution that enables a new comprehensive methodology for power
    • Accurate and early switching activity at the application level
    • Early budgeting and tradeoff exploration at RTL 
    • Analysis and sign off at the gate level
  • Real-time transfer of power switching activity, via a Dynamic Read Waveform API, to power analysis tools replacing current file-based activity transfer methodology
  • Tight integration with an ecosystem of industry-recognized power analysis tools

For a technical whitepaper visit: http://www....

May 28, 2015

Anaya Vardya CEO at American Standard announced recently that his company has acquired a new Orbotech Sprint 120 Inkjet Legend Printer.

Sprint’s digital printing solution shortens time-to-market with its’ easy and flexible operation. With its unique technology the system eliminates the entire screen mask preparation process and requires only one baking cycle. Pin less alignment eliminates the need for pinning holes and reduces panel load and unload time. Fully integrated hardware including vacuum table, clamps and retractable bridges completely flatten the printing area to ensure top quality results on a variety of thicknesses. Unique DotStream Technology™ enables a consistent high printing quality. PCB and panel traceability is assured with multiple serialization and bar-coding...

May 27, 2015

Altium has released version 15.1 of its flagship tool Altium Designer. Included in the release are features intended to improve design efficiency, with expansions to productivity, documentation and high speed design.

"Altium Designer 15.1 is building upon the solid foundation we've had in place since the original release of Altium Designer 15," said Sergey Kostinsky, vp of engineering. "There's incremental improvements upon every layer in the platform for both designers and fabricators alike. This update is a win-win for everyone involved in the design process, with greater accuracy in documentation features for fabricators, to expanded productivity and high-speed enhancements for electronics designers."

New features in version 15.1 focus on improvements to the design...

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...


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