May 1, 2019

Z-zero has announced the third major release of its PCB stackup planning software products—Z-planner, for PCB stackup design and materials selection, and Z-solver, for quick, accurate impedance and insertion loss results.

New Features in 2019.1

Bill Hargin, Director of Everything at Z-zero, noted, “This release has a good mix of our own innovation combined with helpful...

April 26, 2019

The times, they are a-changing. According to Altium’s Vice President of Global Marketing, Lawrence Romine, the role of electrical engineers is evolving. Here are six trends that are changing the way EEs work.

As one of my favorite electrical engineers is fond of saying, "I have job security. After all, electricity doesn't really change."

But even if electrons still move through circuits the same way they did 30 years ago, the industry and the design process have changed enormously. 

AAC had the chance to speak with Lawrence Romine, Vice President of Global Marketing at Altium, about six trends he believes are pushing engineers towards a philosophy of “unified design”—and towards adopting the cloud as a result.  

Over his career, Romine has spent 13 years at...

April 23, 2019

Responding to industry demand and member feedback, IPC created a new certification for company subject matter experts on IPC Standards. Companies need staff that understand IPC Standards at a deep level. The Certified Standards Expert (CSE) will possess a high level of expertise and serve as an in-house expert on IPC Standards. A CSE is not required to train, unlike a Certified IPC Trainer (CIT) who is required to train to maintain their certification.

Candidates may pursue CSE certification for six IPC Standards: IPC-J-STD-001, IPC-A-600, IPC-A-610, IPC-6012, IPC-7711/21 and IPC/WHMA-A-620. Upon certification, CSEs are able to navigate the IPC standard efficiently; identify relevant sections of the standard to address specific questions; act as a subject matter expert on all...

April 19, 2019

EMA Design Automation will hold a webinar, “Your Route to Design Success: PCB Routing Tips from the Pros” on April 23, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. ET. Rocco Calvello, senior application engineer at EMA Design Automation, will be the presenter of the webinar.

Event Details:

  • Learn how to properly prepare your design for routing.
  • Review stackup requirements and how your stackup can have a significant effect on routing success and strategy.
  • Learn how to define constraints for your critical nets to ensure correct operation.
  • Tips on fan-out and via usage to aide in breakout routing and power distribution.
  • Strategies for bus routing of bulk signal nets. Tips for final cleanup and review of routing

To...

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, ...

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