After I began working at Altium, I started learning all I could about PCB design software licensing. I wondered about the pros and cons of perpetual vs. subscription licenses. I wanted to learn firsthand from PCB designers what kind of benefits they received and challenges they faced as a result of how EDA companies offered design tools. I reached out to a variety of sources to get a broad slice of insight into this evolving issue, and thus began my trip down the EDA licensing software rabbit hole.

Mentor Graphics Takes Best Paper Award at DesignCon

March 22, 2017 | Andy Shaughnessy, PCBDesign007

At DesignCon, I met with Dave Kohlmeier, senior product line director for Mentor Graphics. We discussed their Best Paper award and DesignCon sessions such as the Signal Integrity Boot Camp, as well as the new rigid-flex capabilities found in the HypeLynx suite.


New Functionality Improves Designer’s Productivity

March 29, 2017 | Barry Olney, In-Circuit Design Pty. Ltd.

I originally came up with the concept of an online impedance calculator way back in 1994 when I was working on the PCB layout and design for a new generation of SPARC 20 servers. We basically reformatted a Sun SPARC 20 pizza box...

Flexible Thinking: The Benefits of Employing a Standard Grid Pitch in Design

March 29, 2017 | Joe Fjelstad, Verdant Electronics

The industry at large needed to jump on the learning curve and overcome its fear of the unknown. One of the most vexing concerns at the time (an arguably still today) is that terminations beneath the area array package were unseeable....

It’s Only Common Sense: The Incredible Exploding Email

March 27, 2017 | Dan Beaulieu, DB Management

Email is a great tool, but it can also be an exploding time bombs if you’re not careful. So, with a little help from Seth Godin, author of the book "Whatcha Gonna Do with That Duck? And Other Provocations, 2006-2012,"...

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