Category Archives: Laying It Out

Off-grid thoughts from a burned-out designer turned editor.

Changing of the EDA Guards

Turnover among the heads at the major suppliers of electronics design-related software is rare indeed. Since 2010, the top spot of a leading PCB software company has changed hands only once. The dean of PCB EDA, Makoto Kaneko, founded Zuken in 1976. … Continue reading

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Eagle’s New Nest

It’s been almost a month since Autodesk acquired Cadsoft, and more importantly, its Eagle line of CAD tools, from distributor Premier Farnell. Yet there’s been nary a peep from Autodesk on how it plans to adopt or implement its new toys. Autodesk, … Continue reading

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60-Minute Simulation

Even for a software company, I’m sure it will be no simple task to analyze customer use and assess the ROI on the so-called “elastic licensing” Ansys just rolled out to enable customers to adjust on-the-fly to meet peak demands. … Continue reading

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Good Talk

The big story out of IPC Apex Expo last week – about the only story, really – was the introduction of an open communications standard by Mentor Graphics’ Valor division, followed by the rapid response by more than two dozen assembly … Continue reading

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In Memory of Steve Chidester

Steve Chidester was a class act. EDA software can be a cutthroat place, but good luck finding someone who would even think of saying something unkind about Steve. Known inside Cadence as “Mr. Allegro,” Steve could as well have been called Boomerang for the … Continue reading

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Too Close for Comfort

This is a little bit like the old college prank of trying to see how many kids can squeeze into a telephone booth. Pretty soon everyone’s too close for comfort! In this PCB assembly challenge, someone made a mistake and … Continue reading

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The Top 10 in PCD&F

Yesterday, we reported the top 10 best-read articles published by CIRCUITS ASSEMBLY in 2015. Today we list the best-read articles from PCD&F. The list includes features that were published for the first time in calendar 2015. Rankings are based on … Continue reading

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Raspberry Pi — What’s It All Mean?

What would you do with a computer that costs $5? First, let me explain a bit. The Raspberry Pi, if you don’t know, is a small, inexpensive single board computer designed by the non-profit Raspberry Pi foundation in England. Its mission … Continue reading

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The New Verticals

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

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PCB West Next Week

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

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