February 2, 2016

Continuing its tradition of promoting and recognizing printed circuit board (PCB) design excellence, Mentor Graphics Corporation announced the winners of its 26th annual PCB Technology Leadership Awards. Started in 1988, this program is the longest running competition of its kind in the electronic design automation (EDA) industry. It recognizes engineers and designers who use innovative methods and design tools to address today's complex PCB systems design challenges and produce industry-leading products.

Prominent experts in the PCB industry judged entries from around the world in six categories that represent a wide variety of industries:

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January 15, 2016

Electronic products and embedded systems are everywhere, and they’re getting more complex. A printed circuit board (PCB) lies at the heart of all of them. When done right, you don’t notice that it’s there. That means the pressure is on PCB designers to complete designs and manage board layout details error-free and, naturally, on time. Altium Designer, today’s Pick of the Week, has earned its chops helping designers worldwide do just that.

The new features and enhancements in version 16 of the Altium Designer 3D PCB design and embedded system development platform focus on design productivity and snappier automation. Three in particular sound and, after watching the videos, look really cool: The Alternative Part Choice and Component Placement System, and Visual Clearance...

January 14, 2016

EMA Design Automation, a full-service provider of EDA solutions, has announced a North American promotion aimed at IoT, Maker and other innovators to realize their creativity with industry proven Cadence OrCAD Capture technology.

“OrCAD Capture is the de facto industry standard schematic capture product in the business,” said Manny Marcano, president and CEO of EMA Design Automation.  “In today’s economy there are many innovators in large and small companies that want to bring their ideas to life as products, but might not have the budget for the best tools and are forced to use mediocre tools because of the cost. We want to fix this situation.”

Typically, throughout the EDA industry, the initial purchase of any product includes software cost and a one-year maintenance...

January 6, 2016

Each January, we like to look back at the year in PCB design news from the previous year. Since then, we've seen plenty of innovative new tools and a variety of partnerships, and we've said goodbye to a couple of longtime friends. As we enter 2016, enjoy this list of the 10 most-read news items on PCBDesign007 in 2015. 
 
 Engineer Steve Weir Has Passed Away
Steve was a power and signal integrity guru with a variety of patents to his name. A fixture of DesignCon and a constant presence on the SI-List signal integrity forum, Steve wrote over a dozen papers on power integrity. He also had a crazy, irreverent sense of humor that...

December 28, 2015

IPC — Association Connecting Electronics Industries® announced today the November findings from its monthly North American Printed Circuit Board (PCB) Statistical Program. Slow sales growth continued in November and bookings bounced back, but the book-to-bill ratio slipped below parity to 0.98.

Total North American PCB shipments increased 0.4 percent in November 2015 compared to November 2014. Year-to-date shipment growth remained at 0.4 percent. Compared to the previous month, PCB shipments were down 5.8 percent. 

PCB bookings rose 7.9 percent compared to November 2014, strengthening year-to-date order growth to 2.6 percent. Orders were up 1.0 percent in November compared to the previous month.

“Order growth recovered in November for the North American PCB...

December 8, 2015

Cadence and Spreadtrum Collaborate on Virtual Reference Design Kit to Reduce Customers' Design Cycle by Up to 12 Weeks

Cadence Sigrity technology featured in Spreadtrum front-to-back PCB design methodology for SC9830A quad-core SoC platform

SAN JOSE, Calif. - Cadence Design Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CDNS) and Spreadtrum today announced they have developed a virtual reference design kit specific to Spreadtrum's SC9830A quad-core system-on-chip (SoC) platform requirements. The availability of the kit enables their joint customers to accelerate their mobile product and application design cycles by up to 12 weeks, including time spent on schematic design, PCB design and power-aware signal integrity (SI) and power integrity (PI) signoff simulation.

This...

December 3, 2015

Component Traceability

The 2-19a Critical Components Traceability Task Group held its first face-to-face meeting to continue development of the working draft IPC-1782, Standard for Traceability of Critical Items Based on Risk. This standard will establish minimum requirements for traceability of items throughout the entire supply...

November 25, 2015

Altium Designer 16 Released

What's new

Altium Designer 16 focuses on features to more enable engineers in getting their designs done faster and error-free with powerful automation and productivity tools: 

Key highlights include: 

 

3D STEP Model Generation Wizard

Altium Designer 16...

November 23, 2015

On October 18, 2015, IPC – Association Connecting Electronics Industries, the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM), the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), the Information Technology Industry Council (ITIC), and the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) filed joint comments on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) TSCA Work Plan Chemical Problem Formulation of Tetrabromobisphenol A and Related Chemicals Cluster (Plan).

IPC and its fellow commenters voiced concern that the EPA’s Plan contains incomplete and inaccurate information regarding the uses of Tetrabromobisphenol A (TBBPA). The comments discussed in its main application (...

November 20, 2015

Nano Dimension Ltd.  today revealed the world’s first desktop-sized 3D printer designed specifically for the production of professional multilayer printed circuit boards (PCBs). The DragonFly 2020 3D Printer, being demonstrated in the US for the first time at the Printed Electronics USA 2015 conference (...

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