Category Archives: Laying It Out

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

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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Investment Promises Don’t Add Up

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.

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Platinum Deals Cost a Lot of Gold

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

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OrCAD: A Look Back

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

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OMG and MacDermid? OMG!

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

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