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 designers of all…

Jan 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…

Jan 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…

Jan 12, 2015

Oki Printed Circuits Co., Ltd., an OKI Group company responsible for printed circuit board business, recently established a mass-production technology for printed circuit boards having a maximum board thickness of 3.5 mm (30 layers) to support next-generation 1,000-pin LSIs with a pin pitch of 0.35 mm, which are expected to see future use in various smart devices such as smartphones. The mass production commenced in December 2014 on printed circuit boards for socket boards used in LSI function testing devices.

As mobile devices such as smartphones grow smaller and more powerful, the LSIs…

Jan 09, 2015

Register Now for the January 13 DFMStream Webinar

Wednesday, January 07, 2015 | DownStream Technologies

At this webinar, attendees will learn about DFMStream, the new product from DownStream Technologies that provides powerful DFM capabilities in an easy-to- use environment. DFMStream bridges the gap between engineering and fabrication, helps save valuable time and reduces bottlenecks.

The Webinar will demonstrate the Design Analyzer, the new Paste Mask analysis, new features available in Streams Rule Checking, and all the new checks we have developed and announced in Release 11.

DFMStream uses a “Stream” file to queue a series of DFM analysis checks and can combine netlist or layer comparison, design rule verification, fabrication and assembly…

Jan 07, 2015

IEEE to Adopt the HDBaseT Standard

Wednesday, January 07, 2015 | BUSINESS WIRE

The HDBaseT Alliance, the cross-industry group tasked with promoting and advancing HDBaseT standard, and IEEE, the world’s largest professional organization advancing technology for humanity, today announced the HDBaseT Specifications 1.1.0 and 2.0 have been approved by the IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA) Standards Board for adoption as part of the organization’s standard portfolio.

HDBaseT is a successful technology for long-distance ultra-high definition distribution of digital media today, with hundreds of HDBaseT-certified products currently commercialized. It will complement IEEE-SA’s portfolio of market-proven communications and technology standards. The HDBaseT standard…

Jan 05, 2015

Electronic Design and Microwaves&RF are providing a webcast discussing PCB materials, simulations, and measurements for 32 Gb/s.  

Why this Webcast is Important:

Breaking the 32 Gb/s barrier for printed circuit board (PCB) channels requires a strong understanding of PCB stack-up design, simulation methods, and measurement techniques.  How a PCB fabrication document calls out the materials, such as fiber weave and surface roughness, is critical to high speed performance.  Accuracies of channel performance time and frequency domain simulations at the higher data rates require knowledge of as-fabricated material properties and tolerances.  Design and measurement of test structures to validate the PCB stack-up performance require custom…

Dec 29, 2014

The EDA Consortium (EDAC) Market Statistics Service (MSS) announced that the Electronic Design Automation (EDA) industry revenue increased 6.3% for Q2 2014 to $1757.9 million, compared to $1653.4 million in Q2 2013.

Sequential EDA revenue for Q2 2014 increased 0.7% compared to Q1 2014, while the four-quarters moving average, which compares the most recent four quarters to the prior four quarters, increased by 5.8%.

“Double-digit increases in PCB/MCM and Semiconductor IP led the way to an overall increase in industry revenue for Q2,” said Walden C. Rhines, board sponsor for the EDAC MSS and chairman and CEO of Mentor Graphics. “Geographically, all regions except Japan had solid revenue increases.”

Companies that were…

Jul 12, 2013

PCB layout begins with a schematic. The schematic can be a simple paper drawing on simple boards or captured in a CAD program for more complex boards. The connections on the PCB should be identical to the schematic, but while the schematic is arranged to be readable, the PCB layout is arranged to be functional. As a result, there is rarely any visible correlation between the schematic and the layout.

PCB layout can be performed manually (using a CAD tool such as Altium Designer, PADs, or Allegro), or in combination with an Autorouter. The best results are usually achieved using or manual routing because the design engineer can exercise better judgment of how to arrange circuitry than an autorouter program is able to.…

Jul 12, 2013

The Dilemma

PCB Layout CAD software programs are undergoing dramatic and significant changes as companies release new versions at an increasingly rapid rate. These new versions not only fix bugs, but they add additional features and versatility. Altium Designer is arguably the fastest up and coming CAD tool on the market. This product was designed to unify the entire design process. Altium offers:

A single solution to develop hardware, programmable hardware and software Take designs from concept to manufacture within a single unified environment A single model of the design data, and a single design data storage system

As more and more companies are purchasing and using Altium Designer for their PCB designs, the demand for skilled Altium designers…