Tag Archives: CAD

More Fun File Facts: ODB++

In my last post, I wrote about the up and coming IPC-2581 PCB manufacturing file format. While IPC-2581 may be looked at by PCB fabricators and assemblers as a holy grail of sorts, it’s not yet widely adopted by CAD software. But, … Continue reading

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CAD Data Files

I’ve spent a fair amount of time researching and writing about the centroid file and about CAD library footprints. One of the challenges in this industry is that somethings that are “standard” really aren’t all that standard. That’s why we … Continue reading

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More Cautionary Tails

I recently wrote about the horrors of LED marking variations. Unfortunately, LEDs aren’t the only place to find inconsistencies in our world. Another part to keep a close eye on is the ubiquitous three-terminal voltage regulator. For just short of … Continue reading

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Predictions for 2013

It’s been awhile since I used this space to make any predictions about the coming months, but the end of the year is always the logical (if cliched) time to do so. So here goes: The migration of manufacturing to … Continue reading

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Why Not Nick?

Nick Martin, the founder and, until last week, CEO of Altium, is fighting back against the board that tossed him out. But the real question isn’t whether he will regain his spot atop the CAD tool developer. It’s why the … Continue reading

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Cadence: All Sync’d Up

Cadence today announced the release of point revisions to both Allegro and OrCAD, continuing its tradition of keeping releases of its major platforms in sync. They show significant upgrades in timing speeds and simulation speeds, respectively, as well as better … Continue reading

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Riding High on Design

The herd is riding on the EDA vendors, almost all of which are at or near 52-week high share prices. In the past week, Cadence, Mentor and Synopsys hit or were trading just pennies off their yearlong highs. National Instruments … Continue reading

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Missing CAD

Am I the only one concerned that on the recent analysts call with Mentor Graphics, not once were the company’s printed circuit board design tools mentioned? The conversation, both from the company and the analysts, revolved solely around the company’s … Continue reading

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Remembering Gene Marsh

Gene Marsh, one of the true industry pioneers, has died. Marsh, as many readers may recall, founded PADS Software, one of the first CAD software developers, in 1977. In fact, he beat Mentor’s, Cadnetix’s and Daisy’s respective founders to the … Continue reading

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2581 Hits a Milestone

For years one of the hangups for any data transfer format hoping to supplant Gerber has been the lack of independent validations that the output from a given CAD tool could be accurately read in CAM. That’s why the IPC-2581 … Continue reading

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