Oct 10, 2019

Historically, design-for-manufacturability (DFM) checks have taken place during the fabrication process and have typically been performed by PCB manufacturing engineers or fab houses utilizing DFM-specific analysis software. The typical PCB designer would only run their own built-in prefabrication DRC and integrity checks prior to sending out for manufacturing and wait to hear back from the fabricator if issues were encountered.

Today, DFM analysis allows you to identify and correct potential fabrication and assembly issues in the design database before they hit the production floor. Without DFM, you leave changes in the manufacturer’s hands, where the focus is on increasing yield, not on the electrical performance of the final product.

In this webinar by Mentor, a…

Oct 07, 2019

The global PCB design automation market was valued at US$26 Bn in 2018 and is expected to reach US$31 Bn by 2026, at CAGR of 12% during forecast period.

The demand for PCB design has increased on account of the requirement of the high precision level while designing ICs. The PCB design tools available provides high precision and flexibility which helps in reducing design gaps for semiconductor manufacturers. PCB manufacturers are also using PCB design tools widely to provide…

Oct 02, 2019

Summary

  • Internet of Things and the explosion of PCBs in devices has helped drive Altium's (ALMFF) revenue growth to better than 20% p.a.
  • Altium Designer continues to grow market share and subscriptions taking marketshare from competitors like SIEGY, CDNS and ZUKNF.
  • Altium's margins are increasing to almost 40% despite the company investing in new business units like Octoparts, Tasking and Nexus.
  • A PE of 84 has stretched the valuation too far and a PEG ratio in the 1.6-1.8 is not close enough to our preferred level of 1.
  • Our recommendation is to wait for a 10-20% pull-back which would be around $30 Australian per share.

Introduction

Our Global Technology Growth Star…

Oct 01, 2019

Heat kills. No one knows this better than electrical engineers, where a hot spot can kill like a heart attack. With every design, power requirements get bigger while the design envelope shrinks. The result: too much heat produced and too little dissipated. Think of the laptop too hot for your lap, a smartphone so skinny it can’t have any air flow and lithium batteries that light up from overcharging.

For this, Cadence, best known for its EDA software, has announced the Celsius Thermal Solver, a…

Oct 01, 2019

In October 2019, the third and largest AltiumLive: Annual PCB Design Summit will be held in San Diego (October 9-11) and Frankfurt (October 21-23). When we first began AltiumLive, we had a simple vision: to help PCB design engineers Learn, Connect, and Get Inspired. So, we built an AltiumLive community which included industry experts, PCB design engineers, supply chain professionals, students, and inspiring innovators that are altering the landscape of our world. And just because we thought it would be fun--we threw in an epic robot build-and-battle! Would this vision resonate with design engineers and the industry? Only time would tell when we launched the first AltiumLive in October 2017.

Sep 30, 2019

In PCB design,. there are many risks if your library and component data are not managed efficiently and effectively. Inefficiency occurs when multiple users define and create components in their own way or style, which can also lead to redundant component definitions being used across multiple libraries. This in turn, when no standardized template is used, can lead to inaccurate and incomplete component data and a lack of visibility into component status.

Altium Concord Pro is a state-of-the-art on-premise library and component management product that you’ll want to incorporate into your workflow to minimize those risks, and ultimately reduce costs.

Join Altium's live demo to explore the following topics:

  • Dedicated Access to a single Source of Truth for…
Sep 27, 2019

Are PCB designers ready for a world of printed electronics? If not, it might be prudent to start thinking about moving beyond traditional PCB design and considering how to approach this rapidly growing market.

While there has been a lot of hope and hype around printed electronics, the market is finally catching up to the technology. The printed and flexible electronics market is expected to hit more than $73 billion by 2027, according to IDTechEx.

Much of this market includes organic light emitting diodes and conductive ink that’s used in a broad range of applications. It’s also being driven by the Internet of Things, which demands low-cost, lightweight technologies.

At their core, designs for traditional PCBs and printed…

Sep 17, 2019

A silkscreen layer is often deemed unimportant in the whole PCB assembly process because it has no direct impact on the electrical functionality of a PCB. As a result, little attention is usually given to the silkscreen compared to the great value it brings and the importance it holds.

Silkscreen serves as a means of providing information about a PCB. It is mainly used for PCB identification and labeling, with zero connection to the electrical functionality of the PCB.

The silkscreen simply refers to the printed text on a PCB board containing information regarding the PCB assembly process, especially in the placement of components such as the references, identifiers and also the company logos.

The silkscreen is usually used on the component side to identify…

Sep 15, 2019

Mitsubishi Electric Corporation has announced today that it has developed what is believed to be the world's first* compact metal corrosion sensor small enough to be mounted on printed circuit boards. The new sensor utilizes metal corrosion monitoring technology developed by Mitsubishi Electric that detects the degree of corrosion of metal components caused by corrosive gases such as sulfur compounds in the atmosphere. The deployment of multiple sensors with different levels of corrosion resistance allows the degree of corrosion to be detected in stages, helping to prevent equipment failure. Mitsubishi Electric plans to deploy the new technology across its own industrial equipment portfolio.

Sep 04, 2019

Rogers Corporation is exhibiting at the upcoming PCB West show. The PCB West exhibition will be held on September 10, 2019 at the Santa Clara Convention Center (Santa Clara, California). Visitors will find plenty of the latest high-performance circuit materials from Rogers Corp. at booth 201.

The PCB West Conference and Exhibition (www.pcbwest.com) is one of the electronic industry’s major events for PCB design, fabrication and assembly.

Rogers Presentation

John Coonrod, Rogers’ technical marketing manager, will present “An Overview of Glass-Weave Effect for PCB-Based RF and High-Speed Digital Applications” on Tuesday, September 10, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. during the free sessions.  This presentation will include an overview of basic PCB…