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...

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...

September 29, 2016

Distributor Farnell element14, in partnership with Altium, has released version 1.2 of Altium CircuitStudio; the package is a full professional PCB design tool with schematic capture, feature-rich PCB editing and centralised component management. It is now available at a price point of €957 / £753.

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September 28, 2016

Mentor Graphics Corporation today announced that Siemens Building Technologies has deployed Mentor's SystemVision product with Siemens printed circuit board to (PCB) design teams around the world, providing an upfront, mechatronic simulation environment and a qualified, central library for the Mentor Graphics Xpedition Enterprise PCB design flow. Early simulation using the SystemVision tool allows designers to make design decisions regarding component tradeoffs, find design mistakes, and verify their designs before PCB layout. The central library allows teams to exchange projects around the world, which eliminates errors due to using different libraries and tools for simulation and PCB layout.

The SystemVision multi-discipline collaboration environment lets designers at Siemens...

September 16, 2016

The Evolution of Altium: Road to a Record-Breaking Year

September 14, 2016 | Judy Warner, I-Connect007


Chris Donato, VP of sales for Altium Americas, sat down with me recently to discuss what he and Altium have been up to lately, where they came from (Australia) and what the future holds for Altium. This company has evolved from flying well under the radar during the acquisition frenzy of the ‘80s, to achieving a record $100 million in sales for fiscal year 2016.

Judy Warner: Chris, it's great to speak with you. I'm excited to hear about Altium and what you're doing. Let’s start by telling our readers about yourself, your background, and how you came to be the...

July 5, 2016

Zuken's latest version of E3.series—complete solution for electrical and fluid design—offers engineers a live-feel, collaborative environment, along with a range of individual and multi-user usability and productivity features, such as dynamic block functionality and a tabular terminal editor.

The E3.series 2016 has been enhanced to offer a smoother user experience for today’s globally dispersed design teams. Users can work simultaneously on one sheet and instantly see in the sheet tree if another user has opened it, as their user name is visible. And with the latest collaboration technology, including Oracle updates, all objects can now be accessed online. Unique to E3.series, hierarchy is available within a block and offers numerous productivity benefits. Dynamic blocks can be...

May 20, 2015

Altium has announced an open beta program for their community-driven PCB design tool. CircuitMaker will be available worldwide to all interested electronics designers, and aims to address the unique needs of the electronics maker and hobbyist community with a free software offering. Anyone interested in participating in the open beta can register now at the CircuitMaker website, with invitations being sent out early next week

“We’re incredibly excited to see how the CircuitMaker community will grow and evolve during this open beta program,” said Ben Jordan, Product Manager at Altium. “The electronics maker community has always been characterized by a very organic and collaborative growth process, and now electronics...

January 14, 2015

Global electronic components distributor Digi-Key Corporation, the industry leader in electronic component selection, availability and delivery, today reported increase of over 11-percent in 2014 North American sales revenue, as compared to the prior year. Amid single digit sales reports across the industry, Digi-Key attributes its success to a spike in innovation driven by emerging technologies and increasing demand for its engineer-centric, fast and efficient product distribution model.

In 2014, Digi-Key noted an especially healthy demand for Internet of Things (IoT) or device-to-device connectivity driven by advances in wireless, embedded, single board computers, sensors and motion control along with demand for cloud-enabled applications. The company also attributes...

January 13, 2015

Worldwide PC shipments totaled 80.8 million units in the fourth quarter of 2014, a year-on-year decline of 2.4%, according to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly PC Tracker. Total shipments were slightly above expectations of -4.8% growth, but the market still contracted both year on year and in comparison to the third quarter.

Although the holiday quarter saw shipment volume inch above 80 million for the first time in 2014, the final quarter nonetheless marked the end of yet another difficult year – the third consecutive year with overall volumes declining. On an annual basis, 2014 shipments totaled 308.6 million units, down 2.1% from the prior year.

Although the U.S. and Europe remained stronger than other markets, growth in these mature regions...

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