May 24, 2019

News from EIPC

- Updated Programme – 3rd Workshop on PCB Bio-MEMs, June 12, 2019

- EIPC PCB Pavilion – What's New in Electronics, September 18–19, 2019

- Limited seats available – EIPC Summer Conference Leoben, June 13–14, 2019

May 20, 2019

The EDA tools market for IC industry report provides analysis for the period 2016 – 2026, wherein 2018 to 2026 is the forecast period and 2017 is the base year. The report covers all the major trends and technologies playing an influential role in the market’s growth over the forecast period. It also highlights the drivers, restraints, and opportunities for the analysis of market growth during the said period. The study provides a complete perspective on the evolution of the global EDA tools market for IC industry throughout the above mentioned forecast period in terms of revenue (US$ Mn).

EDA Tools Market for IC Industry (Component – Solution (Bundled, Standalone), Services (Managed,…

May 16, 2019

 

Mentor, a Siemens business will hold PCB Shift-Left Forum 2019 in Oulu, Finland on May 23, 2019 (9:00 - 15:00 Europe/Helsinki) and Herzliya, Israel on Jun 4, 2019 (9:00 - 15:00 Israel).

Overview

Establishing an effective PCB systems design validation process reduces design spins and increases product quality.

Increasing performance requirements coupled with a pressure to improve product quality are driving engineering teams to consider alternatives to their current validation approach. Best-practice design processes validate the digital twin (a model of your design) early and often to minimize re-spins and actually shorten the overall design cycle. This 'shift-left' approach enables design engineers and layout designers to validate…

May 14, 2019

Chris Mitchell, IPC Vice President for Global Government Relations, has released the following statement in line with the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative’s announcement that it will begin formal procedures to impose a fourth round of tariffs against China.

"In the last week, the U.S. and China have followed through on threats to raise tariffs on more imports from one another’s countries. These tariffs are affecting the global electronics supply chain, increasing costs and uncertainties for companies seeking to remain competitive in the global marketplace. New trade barriers will harm both countries. We urge U.S. and Chinese officials to accelerate negotiations and finalize an agreement that addresses long-standing disagreements, including intellectual property and…

May 14, 2019

Chris Mitchell, IPC Vice President for Global Government Relations, has released the following statement in line with the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative’s announcement that it will begin formal procedures to impose a fourth round of tariffs against China.

"In the last week, the U.S. and China have followed through on threats to raise tariffs on more imports from one another’s countries. These tariffs are affecting the global electronics supply chain, increasing costs and uncertainties for companies seeking to remain competitive in the global marketplace. New trade barriers will harm both countries. We urge U.S. and Chinese officials to accelerate negotiations and finalize an agreement that addresses long-standing disagreements, including intellectual property and…

May 09, 2019

PCB Technology Trends 2018, a new global study published by IPC is now available. The survey-based study shows how printed circuit board (PCB) manufacturers are meeting today’s technology demands and looks at the changes expected by 2023 that will affect the whole industry.

Based on data from 74 companies worldwide, the 213-page report presents data on PCB technology and OEMs’ PCB requirements as of 2018, as well as OEMs’ use of emerging technologies. Predictions from both industry segments indicate what these measurements are expected to be five years into the future.

The data on OEMs’ use of emerging technologies showed that more than half of those surveyed are currently…

May 07, 2019

Altium Designer 19

Altium Designer 19. (Image courtesy of Altium.)

Designer 19. (Image courtesy of Altium.)

Altium released Designer 19, the latest version of the company’s PCB design software. Altium Designer 19 introduces new features that make designing complex, high-quality projects easier, and expands upon features released in Altium Designer 18 such as a modern graphical user interface, multiboard functionality and a redesigned bill of materials (BOM) management system.

Additionally, Designer 19 uses EDA technologies with a focus on elevating…

May 01, 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 requests from our growing user community.  Our first two releases were tied to building the product architecture and laminate library, and the theme for this release is adding automation for stackup tasks that used to take a good bit of time.”

2019.1 adds full metric system support, enabling hardware teams to work in the units their customers and industries are most accustomed to…

Apr 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…

Apr 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…