November 11, 2015

PADs PCB LayoutMentor Graphics Corporation (NASDAQ: MENT) today announced new PADS®3D tool capabilities plus major usability enhancements to the PADS flow for printed circuit board (PCB) design. The new technology provides visualization, placement, and design rule checking in 3D, minimizing iterations with mechanical and manufacturing...

November 5, 2015

PCB Layout RobotPhidias, LLC introduces a low cost machine that can produce virtually all components required to make complete, finished products. Derived from 3-D printer technology, the new machine, a Personal Manufacturing Robot, has a growing list of capabilities that includes making printed circuit boards, 3-D printing with plastics, pastes and foodstuffs and cutting vinyl.



“It's really exciting to see what's possible with Athena,” said Bas Wijnen, one of the company's founders and PhD...

November 4, 2015

IPC — Association Connecting Electronics Industries® announced today the September findings from its monthly North American Printed Circuit Board (PCB) Statistical Program. Sales growth continued in September and the book-to-bill ratio fell back to a more normal but still positive 1.05.

Total North American PCB shipments increased 3.3 percent in September 2015 compared to September 2014. Year-to-date shipment growth finally reached positive territory at 0.3 percent, after struggling to overcome negative sales growth rates seen earlier this year. Compared to the previous month, PCB shipments were up 12.1 percent.


October 23, 2015

Cadence Design Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CDNS) today announced that its Allegro® System-in-Package (SiP) and Physical Verification System (PVS) implementation technologies have been enabled for TSMC's Integrated Fan-Out (InFO) packaging technology. By providing an integrated solution that automates the design-rule checking (DRC) flow, the Allegro SiP design tools and PVS enable TSMC customers to shorten the InFO design and verification cycle.

TSMC's InFO advanced wafer-level packaging technology provides cost-effective system scaling to increase system bandwidth, while decreasing power consumption and device form factors. Compared to other methodologies, InFO is an...

October 21, 2015

Altium Ltd., a global leader in smart system design automation, 3D PCB design (Altium Designer) and embedded software development (TASKING), has announced that its C compiler for the new generation of Generic Timer Modules from BOSCH Semiconductors will be made available as a standalone TASKING toolset.

“Our ongoing partnership with BOSCH has allowed us to develop the most advanced C compilers available for the v3.x of the GTM-IP core,” said Harm-André Verhoef, TASKING product manager at Altium. “We are more committed than ever to being the leading provider of development toolsets for advanced automotive applications, and this release reaffirms our commitment to provide the highest quality toolsets for engineers all around the world.”


October 6, 2015

SnapEDA's DesignHub portal allows hardware developers to access platform independent component CAD models and download them in the PCB design tool of their choice.

 Pity the poor hardware developer faced with taking a printed circuit board design to completion in an environment in which there are more than 25 million...

September 17, 2015

Intercept Technology Inc., a leading EDA software developer for PCB, RF and Hybrid Design solutions today announced powerful and leading-edge enhancements to Pantheon Ink Resistor functionality. In line with Intercept’s mission to provide the highest in advanced design technology, enhancements include the ability to create rectangular as well as complex ink resistor shapes parametrically on the fly during layout, or from information obtained from a schematic. Ink resistor components reside in the design database as...

September 7, 2015

Rogers Corporation will be at PCB West, one of the electronic industry’s major technical events, on September 16, 2015 at the Santa Clara Convention Center (Santa Clara, CA). Rogers will provide examples of its high-performance printed-circuit-board (PCB) materials and participate in the technical symposium with a talk on how to perform wideband testing of PCBs with plated finishes.

Rogers’ personnel will be at Booth 200 with examples of high-frequency circuit materials, including Rogers RO4835™, RO4360G2™ and RO3003™ high performance laminates.

Rogers RO4835 high-frequency laminates, specially formulated with enhanced oxidation resistance, were developed for applications needing improved electrical stability over time and temperature, while maintaining the cost...

September 2, 2015

Premier Farnell is recognising the growing commercial importance of the maker/hobbyist designer market through its CadSoft software business.

CadSoft has revamped the licence options for its Eagle PCB design tool which clearly differentiates between the products used by amateur makers and those maker designers creating commercial products.

Online distributors now see major commercial opportunities in that part of maker market which crosses over into commercial businesses.

The growth of crowd-funding websites such as Kickstarter and IndieGoGo allows makers to more easily commercialise their designs and to create a business selling products.

CadSoft has created two different license types: ‘Eagle Make...

September 1, 2015

Altium Limited has announced the acquisition of two electronic parts content and search providers, Octopart and Ciiva. This acquisition aims to expand the Altium product line-up to include an integrated content strategy for enhanced component management workflows.

"The acquisitions of Octopart and Ciiva represent a significant step forward in the evolution of the Altium content strategy," said Aram Mirkazemi, ceo at Altium. "Tightly integrated CAD models and part supply information will bring a state change to the way in which parts selection and component management are performed during and after the design process is completed."

The acquisition of Octopart allows Altium to expand their content offering for users of their PCB design tools. Altium customers will also...


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