PCB with a Faster Cadence

OrCad and Allegro Speed Up Board Design

by Kevin Morris

The PCB Design tool race is perhaps the most stable and long-lived competition in all of electronic design automation. Since at least the 1980s, commercial tools have fought to own the screen of board designers as they convert ideas to schematics to metal traces etched into a substrate. Through all of those decades, the basic process has always been the same. Craft a schematic drawing with components from a library, verify that the thing will probably do what you intended, and create a board layout that physically hooks the parts up the way you specified.

Board design tools have never seen the kinds of explosive market growth - or the dramatic revolutions in methodology - that other areas of EDA have experienced. Where chip design went through waves of revolutionary change from schematic to language-based design to high-level specification, the level of design abstraction in PCB design has remained remarkably stable.  Read More

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May 05, 2016

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Eaton Unveils Pow-R-Line PXBCM Branch Circuit Monitor Panelboard, Delivering Remote Energy Usage Monitoring and Improved Compliance

Annapolis Micro Systems Introduces Highest Throughput FPGA Boards on COTS Market

May 04, 2016

Greatbatch Extends Its Relationship with WiTricity to Include Wireless Energy Transfer for Implantable and Interventional Medical Devices

Curtiss-Wright Selected by TORC Robotics to Provice Rugged Small Form Factor Ethernet Switch for Unmanned Ground Vehicle

Keysight Technologies Introduces the First CXPI Triggering, Decode Options for Oscilloscopes

New Cadence Allegro Platform Accelerates Design of Compact, High-Performance Products Using Flex and Rigid-Flex Technologies

Curtiss-Wright Expands Ultra Small Form Factor Rugged System Family with Quad-Core Intel® Atom™ Highly Modular Mission Computer

Imec Honors Dr. Gordon Moore with “Lifetime of Innovation Award”

TI’s 65-V micro-power buck converters feature industry’s lowest quiescent current

Altium Releases New Documentation-Focused Update to Flagship PCB Design Platform

STMicroelectronics Brings Superior Indoor and Undercover Navigation to Mobiles and Wearables

May 03, 2016

Cadence Expands OrCAD Solution to Address Flex and Rigid-Flex Design Challenges for IoT, Wearables and Mobile Devices

Semtech Announces the Industry’s First Single Chip Hybrid PLC and LoRa® Wireless Platform for Smart Grid, Smart Metering and IoT Applications

Cadence Announces New Tensilica Vision P6 DSP Targeting Embedded Neural Network Applications

IEEE Releases the Accellera SystemC AMS Standard as IEEE 1666.1™-2016

1400 CW extremely rugged reliable RF transistor withstands VSWR > 65:1

Artesyn Announces New Cost-Effective, Long Life DIN Rail Power Supplies for Industrial Applications

Curtiss-Wright Shrinks Size & Weight of Networked Data Storage System for Unmanned Platforms

Mentor Graphics Announces PADS PCB Product Creation Platform with Voltage Drop and Electronic Cooling Capabilities

ADLINK Technology Showcasing Latest Industrial Internet of Things Demos at IoT World 2016

May 02, 2016

Algo-Logic Systems Launches CME Futures & Options Order Book

Cavium Unveils OCTEON TX™: Industry’s widest range of 64-bit ARM®-based SOCs for a broad spectrum of open, services-centric applications in enterprise and service provider infrastructure

Dongbu HiTek Provides Process Design Kits for Synopsys' Custom Compiler Solution

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De-Risk Yield Manufacturing Ramp-up with Veloce DFT App

Get DFT off the critical path on your next chip design. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Jean-Marie Brunet of Mentor Graphics about how you can use emulation to significantly improve your DFT productivity.

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We often find ourselves needing to measure temperature and take some action in our designs. But, thermal management can be a complicated area, with a lot of alternatives in terms of sensors and supporting circuitry. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with John Austin of Microchip Technology about the numerous options for thermal management solutions.

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High-level design methods can dramatically increase your productivity. Now that technologies like high-level synthesis (HLS) have gone mainstream, we can make some serious improvements to our FPGA design process. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Tim Vanevenhoven of Xilinx about how the new HLx editions of Vivado Design suite are taking high-level design mainstream.

Synplify FPGA Synthesis

Today's FPGAs demand a lot from your design tool environment, particularly when it comes to synthesis. With larger designs, more third-party IP, globally-distributed design teams, and increasing performance and power challenges, the demands on synthesis technology are greater than ever. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Joe Mallett of Synopsys about the latest generation of the Synopsys Synplify FPGA design tools.

DC Brushed Motor Applications

Brushed DC motors are the go-to solution for thousands of applications. And, although most of us have experience with brushed motors at some point, few of us have taken the time to become experts. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with David Witt from Infineon about the finer points of brushed DC motor theory, and they look at some helpful motor control solutions from Infineon.

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