Top 10 Most-Read PCB Design News Items of 2017


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1. EMA Releases Updated Power IC Model Library for PSpice

Release 4.2 adds automotive test sources that increase the library size to over 600 bench verified models. This version features over 600 high-fidelity and correlated simulation models for power electronic designs. It adds test sources for automotive applications covering ISO 76750/ISO 7637-2 and FMC1278.

2. I-Connect007 Launches The Printed Circuit Designer’s Guide to…Secrets of High-Speed PCBs – Part 1 Micro eBook

I-Connect007 is excited to announce the release of the next book in our micro eBook Design series: The Printed Circuit Designer’s Guide to… Secrets of High-Speed PCBs – Part 1, by Polar Instruments.

3. I-Connect007 Launches ‘The Printed Circuit Designer’s Guide to…Secrets of High-Speed PCBs – Part 2’ Micro eBook

I-Connect007 has released the second book in our micro eBook design series authored by Polar Instruments: The Printed Circuit Designer’s Guide to… Secrets of High-Speed PCBs – Part 2.” Happy Holden said, “Martyn Gaudion has taken the extremely complex topic of signal integrity and provided an easy to understand explanation of this phenomena. I encourage everyone to download and read this engaging eBook.”

4. Cadence Posts Strong Q4 2016 Results; Revenue at $469 Million

Cadence reported fourth quarter 2016 revenue of $469 million, compared to revenue of $441 million reported for the same period in 2015.

5. Mentor FloTHERM XT Release Simulates Complex Geometries Quickly, Accurately

Mentor, a Siemens business, has launched the newest release of the FloTHERM XT electronics cooling software product with advanced thermal management capabilities. Based on the electronics cooling DNA of the Mentor market-leading FloTHERM technology and the FloEFD CAD-centric philosophy, the award-winning FloTHERM XT product is the industry’s first integrated mechanical design automation (MDA) and electronic design automation (EDA) electronics cooling solution.

6. I-Connect007 Launches ‘The Printed Circuit Designer’s Guide to… Signal Integrity by Example’ Micro eBook

The latest title in our new line of eBooks, "The Printed Circuit Designer’s Guide to… Signal Integrity by Example," is authored by Fadi Deek of Mentor, a Siemens business. This free micro eBook details the importance of eliminating signal integrity challenges. The chapters explore four possible signal integrity problems using an understanding of essential signal integrity principles. This eBook has something to offer any engineer interested in identifying problems, root causes, and solutions surrounding electronic transmissions.

7. Zuken Showcases DFM Solutions at PCB West 2017

Zuken USA is again participating in PCB West, to be held September 12-14 in Santa Clara, California. The event includes a three-day technical conference and one-day exhibition to be held at the Santa Clara Convention Center.

8. Ucamco Provides Free Reference File Viewer for Gerber Users

Ucamco is now offering a free Gerber reference file viewer for the Gerber user community. Ucamco has spared no effort to display all valid Gerber files correctly. The viewer provides an easy way to see the correct interpretation of a file. Diagnostics tools help to analyze it.

9. Mentor Graphics Launches Xpedition PCB Vibration and Acceleration Simulation Solution

Mentor Graphics Corporation has announced its new Xpedition vibration and acceleration simulation product for printed circuit board (PCB) systems reliability and failure prediction.

10. IPC Designer’s Council–Orange County Chapter to Hold Lunch 'n Learn Meeting

The IPC Designers Council–Orange County chapter will be holding a Lunch 'n Learn Meeting on Wednesday, February 8, 2017, at the Clifton C. Miller Community Center in Tustin, California.

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