Category Archives: Laying It Out
Off-grid thoughts from a burned-out designer turned editor.
Chasing the vertical OEMs is not a new strategy in EDA. But it is becoming that much more widespread as the major players extend their reach from automotive (long the domain of Mentor Graphics) to other sectors. Semiconductor design companies … Continue reading →
I’d like to remind readers to register now for PCB West, the Silicon Valley’s largest trade show for printed circuit board design, fabrication and assembly. The show takes place next week at the Santa Clara Convention Center. It includes a … Continue reading →
My latest editorial considers the disconnect between reports of future investments Foxconn and what actually comes to pass. Too often, the astronomical sums reported don’t ever turn into real new employment.
The silence, as they say, surrounding the pending Platinum Specialty Products acquisitions for OMG and now Alent, has been deafening. Could it be because it’s summer, and people aren’t paying as close attention? Could it be because that’s how the respective companies … Continue reading →
Here’s something fun for a Friday: EMA has put together a video recap of the past 30 years of products designed with OrCAD, in commemoration of the PCB CAD tool’s 30th anniversary. (We had one of those Polaroids and the Atari, by the … Continue reading →
Not nearly enough attention is being paid to the pending acquisition of OMG’s electronic chemicals business by MacDermid’s parent company. This deal will throw even more market share to MacDermid, and the big question becomes how will smaller fabs (i.e., the vast majority of the North … Continue reading →
Another price/performance battle is heating up in PCB design software, and this time Altium could feel the burn. Altium has experienced decent growth over the past few years, reaching about $75 million in annual sales. That’s not a huge sum compared to … Continue reading →
Always a company that operates behind a veil of mystique, Altium will take that secrecy to a new level with its latest board decision which pares its quarterly earnings reports to semiannual announcements. In a statement today, the PCB design software company said the decision … Continue reading →
Before we (or any old assembly house) go about putting surface mount parts on a board, we need to program our assembly robots. I’m oversimplifying, but essentially, the machine program needs to know the X / Y coordinates, relative to the … Continue reading →
Congratulations to Gary Ferrari, who last month became the 33d person to gain induction to the IPC Hall of Fame. For printed circuit board designers, this is something of a symbolic victory, as Ferrari is just the third designer (after … Continue reading →