March 5, 2019

In the face of growing business pressures and internal challenges, electronics product development is fraught with risk. There are, however, certain best practices that reduce these risks if they include a fully integrated and optimized multi-domain solution—supporting mechanical, electronic, electrical, and software.

Mentor, a Siemens business, and the Aberdeen Group collaborated on this report, which provides best practices based on primary research conducted with industry practitioners, giving managers valuable insight into the processes of the most successful companies in electronics design.

To read this white paper, ...

February 12, 2019

An update to the NI AWR Design Environment platform V14 is now available to download for current customers and evaluators. The v14.02 update contains numerous improvements, enhancements and upgrades. Highlights of this latest release include: 

User Interface

  • API – The application programming interface (API) has been enhanced with numerous upgrades to access design editor information and control.

Layout

  • Cell Libraries – New additions to the cell libraries provide a more robust implementation.
  • Shape Preprocessing – The unique geometry simplification rules that reshape circles and arcs can now increase as well as decrease the number of definition points.
  • Visualization – The layout rendering...
January 29, 2019

The Electronic System Design (ESD) Alliance Market Statistics Service (MSS) today announced that the Electronic Design Automation (EDA) industry revenue increased 6.7% for Q3 2018 to $2435.6 million, compared to $2283.2 million in Q3 2017. The four-quarters moving average, which compares the most recent four quarters to the prior four quarters, increased by 8.4%.

"The EDA industry continues to report growth, with all major product categories and geographic regions reporting revenue increases," said Walden C. Rhines, CEO Emeritus of Mentor, a Siemens Business and member of the ESD Alliance Governing Council. "Geographically, the Americas reported the largest regional increase for Q3, followed closely by Asia Pacific."

Companies that were tracked employed 42,162...

November 7, 2018

Cadence has been named number 15 on the 2018 list of the World’s Best Multinational Workplaces according to global research and consulting firm Great Place to Work and Fortune Magazine. This is the fourth year in a row that Cadence was named to this list.

Cadence works with the world’s most innovative companies, across a growing range of market segments including mobile, cloud datacenter, automotive, artificial intelligence, aerospace and IoT. Employees are inspired by the opportunity to help customers solve technology’s toughest challenges in a highly collaborative environment.

“Being named to the World’s Best Multinational Workplaces list four years in a row is a great accomplishment for our entire team, and this recognition reflects the strong culture...

October 15, 2018

On September 25, representatives from prominent automotive and rail original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and Tier 1 suppliers met in Frankfurt, Germany to launch the IPC Transportation Electronics Reliability Council (ITERC). The inaugural group included key technologists with core expertise in electronic hardware development, manufacturing technology, PCB design, quality, and environmental reliability. The council was partly developed in response to positive encouragement from IPC members and automotive industry leaders, who had attended IPC’s debut Automotive Electronics Reliability Forum in Nuremberg earlier this year in June.

“Global need for advanced safety features, newer e-mobility services, and greater energy efficiency has fueled the rapid growth of electronics...

October 2, 2018

The Mentor Forum Finland is back this year in Oulu. Join Mentor, a Siemens business on October 9 at the Scandic Hotel in Oulu and learn how innovative products and solutions help engineers conquer design challenges in the increasingly complex worlds of board and chip design.

Mentor is now part of Siemens' product lifecycle management (PLM) software business, making the combined organization the world's leading supplier of industrial software used for product design, simulation, verification, testing and manufacturing.

Do not miss this free to attend one-day event, which brings together technology users, developers, and industry experts to network, and share best practices.

For more information, ...

September 24, 2018

Mentor, a Siemens business, announced that the Xpedition and PADS Professional printed circuit board design (PCB) design flows, including the Valor NPI and HyperLynx family of products, have each achieved ISO 26262 functional safety compliance. Mentor has met the requirements for validation and confirmation measures, providing confidence that a sufficient and acceptable level of safety can be achieved using these Mentor PCB products. The Xpedition and PADS Professional flows and related documentation were evaluated by TÜV SÜD, an internationally accredited independent testing and conformity assessment company, and certified to achieve ISO 26262 Tool Confidence Level 1 for ASIL A through ASIL D.

ISO 26262 establishes a unifying, industry-specific standard for the functional...

September 13, 2018

Cadence Design Systems, Inc. has launched a broad ecosystem with nine initial printed circuit board (PCB) manufacturing partners to enable customers to easily get the partners’ technology files they need to ensure PCB design manufacturability early in the design process. This reduces rework, shortens design cycles, and accelerates new product introduction. Customers have received savings from half to two-thirds fewer technical queries (TQs) from manufacturers when they’ve used the Cadence DesignTrue DFM (design for manufacturability) technology due to using tailor-made spacing, annular ring, copper features and mask rules to assure they are designing the board correctly the first time.

Cadence DesignTrue DFM functionality flags manufacturing rule violations in...

August 6, 2018

EMA Design Automation announced the availability of symbols, footprints, and 3D models for all Power Integrations components, which anyone can access for free from ultralibrarian.com, power.com, and digikey.com. “With this new set of models, engineers can simply download the library components they need for their Power Integrations based designs,” said Manny Marcano, president and CEO of EMA. “Having access to these verified models saves engineering time and eliminates mistakes that can occur when manually building part models.”

Power Integrations’ high-performance electronic components are important to engineers designing high-voltage power-conversion systems. These integrated circuits and diodes enable compact, energy-efficient AC-DC power supplies for a wide range of...

June 29, 2018

Mentor, a Siemens business, today introduced Capital Systems Networks – an advanced software tool engineered to speed and simplify the creation of in-vehicle Controller Area Network (CAN) communications networks based on the SAE J1939 standard. The solution provides proven, powerful technology to help engineers rapidly develop, optimize and validate J1939 networks.

Commonly deployed in heavy-duty commercial vehicles such as trucks, buses and off-road vehicles, SAE J1939 is a data networking standard used for in-vehicle communications and diagnostics. Commercial vehicles may incorporate as many as six separate CAN networks, requiring new designs and rework for each new vehicle model.

As the number of processors, sensors, and electronic actuators deployed in commercial...

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