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…

Apr 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
Mar 05, 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, …

Feb 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…