Oct 22, 2019

PCB design is the job of the future.  Here are three reasons why.

What cells are for organisms, printed circuit boards (PCBs) are for electronic devices! They’re used in almost all electronic products.

As the technology advances, the need for PCBs gets higher and higher. Of course, not all printed circuit boards are the same – they need to be designed for a certain purpose, something that’s done by PCB designers.

Actually, the designers are those who matter the most when it comes to the production of PCBs and their role is going to get even more important in the near future. Apart from designing whole new printed circuit boards, the designers are also in charge of many other tasks. For instance, their job is to test electronic components, compare different…

Oct 17, 2019

The Altium Limited (ASX: ALU) share price will be one to watch on Tuesday morning following the release of the printed circuit board (PCB) design software provider’s full year results after the market close..

Oct 17, 2019

Cadence Custom/AMS Flow Certified for Samsung 5LPE Process Technology

Samsung and Cadence collaborate to deliver an integrated flow for designing analog and mixed-signal applications at the 5nm node

Cadence Design Systems, Inc. today announced that its custom and analog/mixed-signal (AMS) IC design flow has achieved certification for Samsung Foundry’s 5nm Low-Power Early (5LPE) process technology. This certification ensures mutual customers of Cadence and Samsung Foundry have immediate access to a highly automated circuit design, layout, signoff and verification flow needed to design efficiently at 5LPE.…

Oct 14, 2019

This year, I witnessed an impressive natural event that I had never experienced before in all my life as a native Californian. The painted lady butterfly migration starts from the southeastern deserts of California heading northwest to Oregon, Washington, and further north into Alaska. While that distance covered by a butterfly with a wingspan of 2–3 inches is amazing, what was so impressive was the sheer number of them. This year’s migration represented one billion butterflies, all striving to survive the long journey north. Throughout California, one could simply step outside to witness the most elegant stream of butterflies, one after the other, for days on end.

What does a butterfly migration have to do with transferring intelligent PCB data from design through the…

Oct 11, 2019

Altium PCB Design Extends its Leadership with the Most Powerful Version of Altium Designer to Date

Altium PCB design is extending its lead in the industry by announcing the newest version of Altium Designer, the software chosen by more professional PCB designers and engineers than any other ECAD software. 

A screenshot of PCB design using Altium Designer software

Altium Designer provides a complete software environment for the design and realization of Printed Circuit Boards. The latest release, Altium Designer 20, extends its…

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


  • 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.


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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.