March 31, 2016

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Posted by 911EDA, Inc. PCB Layout Services on Thursday, March 31, 2016

March 29, 2016

Computational fluid dynamics software tools can be useful in considering the effect on a printed circuit board of such things as package selection, board layout and structure as well as enclosure design.

This Mentor Graphics white paper explains: 

-  Approaches to PCB thermal management studies with CFD

-  Automating PCB thermal design modifications using Design of Experiments

-  Utilizing parametric studies to explore a range of operating scenarios early in the design process

-  Example: Heatsink optimization for cPCI card for cost-effective design

-  Tradeoffs: Heat sink geometry & mass vs component allowable temperature ranges and layout

To download this paper, ...

March 24, 2016

The EDA Consortium (EDAC) Market Statistics Service (MSS) today announced that the Electronic Design Automation (EDA) industry revenue declined 1.9 percent for Q4 2015 to $2064.5 million, compared to $2104 million in Q4 2014. The four-quarters moving average, which compares the most recent four quarters to the prior four quarters, increased by 5 percent.

"After 23 consecutive quarters of growth, the EDA industry revenues declined slightly in the fourth quarter, compared to a particularly strong Q4 2014," said Walden C. Rhines, board sponsor for the EDAC MSS and chairman and CEO of Mentor Graphics. "However, industry revenue increased 5 percent for calendar 2015 compared to 2014, and the semiconductor IP and services categories increased in Q4. Geographically, the Asia Pacific...

March 17, 2016

Don’t miss the Early Bird $99 registration pricing for CDNLive Silicon Valley. This annual conference brings together Cadence users, developers, and industry experts to connect, share ideas, and inspire design creativity. Take advantage of this unique opportunity to investigate design challenges and share solutions with people who, like you, are excited about the latest advances in electronic design. 

CDNLive Silicon Valley 2016 takes place at the Santa Clara Convention Center April 5-6, 2016. Highlights include:

-  User-presented technical papers that will immediately help improve how you use Cadence technologies...

March 15, 2016

         Electronics manufacturers constantly hunt for ways to make faster, cheaper computer chips, often by cutting production costs or by shrinking component sizes. Now, researchers report that DNA, the genetic material of life, might help accomplish this goal when it is formed into specific shapes through a process reminiscent of the ancient art of paper folding.


March 10, 2016

Altium has announced that in the coming weeks a major software update is going to be released: Altium Designer 16.1. With this release, Altium will implement several new features that will drastically change the way users design:

1.  ...

March 10, 2016

The Altium Designer Roadshow Series is coming to a city near you in April! Altium isbringing the industry’s latest technology and experts together to share PCB design secrets, tips, and tricks, including:

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March 7, 2016

XJTAG Ltd. (Cambridge, England), a supplier of boundary scan technology for system debug, has developed design for test (DFDT) software that acts as an extension to Altium's Designer software.

The software is free and increases the DFT capabilities of the schematic capture and PCB design system.

With the increasing use of dense packing of array pinned packages on PCBs physical contact at nodes and pins for test equipment is becoming practically impossible. It therefore becomes more important to include boundary scan chains at the design stage. XJTAG DFT Assistant for Altium Designer helps validate correct boundary scan chain connectivity, through full integration with Altium Designer.

"While the first prototype is being manufactured, XJTAG DFT...

March 3, 2016

Altium is scheduled to show a pre-release BETA of a new PDN analysis solution at Embedded World 2016 for their flagship PCB design platform, Altium Designer. The PDN Analyzer extension will allow engineers to easily resolve Power Distribution Network (PDN) issues as they arise in a board layout process without having to rely on physical prototypes to identify voltage and current issues. Altium will be in attendance at Embedded World 2016 at booth 4-260 to showcase this upcoming PDN analysis technology along with several other offerings including a new circuit testing solution and the intelligent...

February 29, 2016

Cadence Design Systems’ OrCAD Capture now provides export capability for Intel Schematic Connectivity Format (ISCF), targeted at automating Intel-based design reviews. ISCF was developed by Intel to streamline the collaboration process with its customers. Intel worked with Cadence to develop a direct ISCF generation capability in...


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