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CAD Software Pricing Wars Heat Up

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

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Remembering Finch

Zuken has compiled a number of touching sentiments from friends of the late Alan Finch, credited with developing the first shape-based autorouter. Finch, of course, wrote the landmark paper that followed up his Racal-Redac colleague Ulrich Lauther, who conceived a … Continue reading

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Talking Data Transfer at ZDAC

I had the great pleasure of attending Zuken’s ZDAC users group meeting earlier this month in San Antonio at the invitation of Steve Chidester, head of product marketing, and Amy Clements, marketing/sales manager. Steve and Amy had asked me to … Continue reading

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Making the Rounds

We will be at several events over the next six weeks. On Thursday, senior editor Chelsey Drysdale will attend IMAPS’ annual symposium in Long Beach, CA. There’s a number of EMS companies focused on medical electronics exhibiting and it will … Continue reading

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Data Transfer in the News

A couple new articles are out on the IPC-2581 and ODB++ data transfer formats. On Oct. 2, longtime EDA journalist Richard Goering provided a well-written writeup on the “lively panel discussion” (“Data Transfer in the 21st Century”) we held during … Continue reading

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The Non-Mentor Post

Taking a break from the ongoing tennis match between one major CAD company and its, shall we say, less-than-pleased biggest shareholder, there’s been some interesting developments elsewhere this week. As noted yesterday, Altium is packing up its HQ, R&D and … Continue reading

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On Deals Never Done

About three years ago, Cadence made a play for EDA competitor Mentor Graphics, an offer the latter never seriously considered. That move, coupled with sharply falling revenues, cost then Cadence CEO Mike Fister his job. On Friday, the San Jose … Continue reading

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Zuken Speaks on PCB West

Zuken applications engineer Griff Derryberry has posted a nice writeup on PCB West. Want an exhibitor’s perspective? Click the link.

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