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All designers want stress-free, error-free, headache-free transition of design data to manufacturing. Discovering issues during manufacturing leads to production delays and additional expenses. Avoiding these costs can be fairly easy; simply analyze your designs before committing them to fabrication.
Relying on the design rule checking function of your PCB CAD system is a good start to finding manufacturing issues, but it's simply not enough. The DRC of most CAD systems is inadequate for analyzing a design against the many nuances of the fabrication process. They perform analysis to ensure the design will perform properly, but they overlook the critical need to analyze for manufacturing errors and issues.
On Tuesday, April 17, DownStream Technologies will be holding a webinar that can answer many PCB designers’ DFM questions. This DFMStream/CAM350 webinar will provide information that can help designers identify DFM issues before fabrication.
- 9 am EDT/6 am PDT/2 pm GMT/3 pm CEST
- 2 pm EDT/11 am PDT
To register, or for more information, click here.
I-Connect007 Editorial Team
I recently spoke with Todd Westerhoff, product marketing manager for signal integrity software tools at Siemens. We discussed a new capability called HyperLynx Apps that offers a new take on traditional signal and power integrity analysis, and how that fits in with the Siemens plan to put SI and PI tools into the hands of more designers early in the design cycle.
Andy Shaughnessy, Design007 Magazine
Electrical and mechanical engineers may be working on the same product development teams, but they speak different languages, and they have completely different objectives. As a result, these folks almost never use the same software tools.
But Cadence’s new Celsius Thermal Solver is an exception to the rule. In a new CadenceTECHTALK webinar, “How Static and Dynamic IR Drop Analysis Can Help PCB Designs and Challenges,” product manager Melika Roshandell and SerDes SI/PI engineer Karthik Mahesh Rao explain how the EE and ME can both use the Celsius Thermal Solver to achieve their disparate objectives.
Zachariah Peterson, NWES
Today’s PCB design engineers have more layout and analysis tools at their disposal than ever before. Over the years we’ve seen layout tools become more automated, rules-driven, and more integrated. Now we even have integration between design tools from different vendors and ranging across domains, starting with basic circuit design, and spanning up to PLM and ERP integration. It really is a great time to be a designer.