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…
Jan 29, 2019

The Electronic System Design (ESD) Alliance Market Statistics Service (MSS) today announced that the Electronic Design Automation (EDA) industry revenue increased 6.7% for Q3 2018 to $2435.6 million, compared to $2283.2 million in Q3 2017. The four-quarters moving average, which compares the most recent four quarters to the prior four quarters, increased by 8.4%.

"The EDA industry continues to report growth, with all major product categories and geographic regions reporting revenue increases," said Walden C. Rhines, CEO Emeritus of Mentor, a Siemens Business and member of the ESD Alliance Governing Council. "Geographically, the Americas reported the largest regional increase for Q3, followed closely by Asia Pacific."

Companies that were tracked employed 42,162…

Oct 15, 2018

On September 25, representatives from prominent automotive and rail original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and Tier 1 suppliers met in Frankfurt, Germany to launch the IPC Transportation Electronics Reliability Council (ITERC). The inaugural group included key technologists with core expertise in electronic hardware development, manufacturing technology, PCB design, quality, and environmental reliability. The council was partly developed in response to positive encouragement from IPC members and automotive industry leaders, who had attended IPC’s debut Automotive Electronics Reliability Forum in Nuremberg earlier this year in June.

“Global need for advanced safety features, newer e-mobility services, and greater energy efficiency has fueled the rapid growth of electronics…

Sep 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…

Jun 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…