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…

Sep 29, 2016

Distributor Farnell element14, in partnership with Altium, has released version 1.2 of Altium CircuitStudio; the package is a full professional PCB design tool with schematic capture, feature-rich PCB editing and centralised component management. It is now available at a price point of €957 / £753.

 Altium CircuitStudio is a complete PCB design system with a balanced blend of powerful features that include;

Sep 28, 2016

Mentor Graphics Corporation today announced that Siemens Building Technologies has deployed Mentor's SystemVision product with Siemens printed circuit board to (PCB) design teams around the world, providing an upfront, mechatronic simulation environment and a qualified, central library for the Mentor Graphics Xpedition Enterprise PCB design flow. Early simulation using the SystemVision tool allows designers to make design decisions regarding component tradeoffs, find design mistakes, and verify their designs before PCB layout. The central library allows teams to exchange projects around the world, which eliminates errors due to using different libraries and tools for simulation and PCB layout.

The SystemVision multi-discipline collaboration environment lets designers at Siemens…

Sep 16, 2016

The Evolution of Altium: Road to a Record-Breaking Year

September 14, 2016 | Judy Warner, I-Connect007

Chris Donato, VP of sales for Altium Americas, sat down with me recently to discuss what he and Altium have been up to lately, where they came from (Australia) and what the future holds for Altium. This company has evolved from flying well under the radar during the acquisition frenzy of the ‘80s, to achieving a record $100 million in sales for fiscal year 2016.

Judy Warner: Chris, it's great to speak with you. I'm excited to hear about Altium and what you're doing. Let’s start by telling our readers about yourself, your background, and how you came to be the vice president of sales for Altium.

Chris Donato: I…

Jul 05, 2016

Zuken's latest version of E3.series—complete solution for electrical and fluid design—offers engineers a live-feel, collaborative environment, along with a range of individual and multi-user usability and productivity features, such as dynamic block functionality and a tabular terminal editor.

The E3.series 2016 has been enhanced to offer a smoother user experience for today’s globally dispersed design teams. Users can work simultaneously on one sheet and instantly see in the sheet tree if another user has opened it, as their user name is visible. And with the latest collaboration technology, including Oracle updates, all objects can now be accessed online. Unique to E3.series, hierarchy is available within a block and offers numerous productivity benefits. Dynamic blocks can…

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…