Altium (long ago known as Protel) has long distinguished themselves as the provider of PCB tools for the mainstream. They based their business on the notion that many designers and small design teams don’t have the budget, patience, or need for the big enterprise-scale board design tools offered by EDA companies like Mentor and Cadence. Instead, they focused on the “desktop” market, blazing … Read More → "Altium Amps PCB"
We all know the drill. With fingers crossed and hopes held high, you send your board design off to manufacturing. Unless you’re the world’s most meticulous engineer, your design will get bounced back. In the process of fixing those pesky bugs, a whole lot more errors may work themselves into your original design. In this week’s episode of Fish Fry, we investigate … Read More → "A Second Pair of Eyes"
The EE Journal team went to World Maker Faire!
We live tweeted the event @EEJournalTFM as we made our way through the tents to check out the over 750 maker projects at this year’s Faire at the New York Hall of Science in Queens. All of our live tweets are collected here so you can catch … Read More → "EE Journal Live Coverage of NY World Maker Faire 2017"
EEJournal, as its name implies, concentrates on the bits and bytes or the chips and boards of the electronics industry. But there are times when it seems like a good idea to look at wider issues. And this may be one of them. What has triggered this is a series of news stories that have demonstrated technology failings that have led to broader consequences.
As much as the EDA industry would like us to believe otherwise, it’s almost impossible to find an engineering team who is satisfied with their design tools. More often than not, when chatting with designers about their tools, we get sentiments ranging from “survivable” to “horrible.” The “survivable” end of the spectrum usually amounts to something on the order of, “We managed to get the … Read More → "Why Are Design Tools So Bad?"