Sunstone Circuits announced version four of their PCB123 CAD software for PCB designers. With Sunstone PCB123 v4, engineers design with full knowledge of the budgetary and scheduling impacts of their design decisions, as well as the hard engineering information. The free-to-use, no license required design tool increases flexibility in schematic and layout editing. Many of the parts research elements that design engineers use in the Digi-Key website are also available to them inside the PCB123 tool.
Silicon Laboratories launched a web-based library of schematic symbols and printed-circuit board (PCB) footprints. The online symbol library features PCB footprints and schematic symbols that are available for download in a vendor neutral format. The library speeds the development of embedded system applications based on Silicon Labs’ embedded mixed-signal products.
Mentor Graphics had issued a call-for-entries for their PCB Technology Leadership Awards competition. The electronic design automation (EDA) competition recognizes engineers and computer aided design (CAD) designers who use Mentor’s technology to address complex printed circuit board systems design challenges, such as small form factor, high-speed content, design team collaboration, advanced PCB fabrication technologies, and design-cycle time reduction. The timeframe for submitting entries is from July 15 – September 24, 2010. Winners will be announced November 9th.
Mentor Graphics is offering a webinar titled, Reducing Design Cost and Time With Concurrent DFM Verification. The webcast will take place Jun 2, 2010 from 2:00 PM to 2:45 PM (Eastern US time). The online seminar is ideal for CAD management with time and cost objectives, NPI engineers seeking to achieve first pass manufacturability, and PCB designers trying to efficiently integrate manufacturing constraints into their design process. The webinar will be presented by Patrick McGoff of Mentor Graphics.
Mentor Graphics introduced vSure version 9.0, which is the successor to Valor Enterprise 3000 Design-for-Manufacturing (DFM) tool. vSure v9.0 enables designers to perform extensive DFM analysis during the PCB design process. This improves productivity, avoids costly design re-spins, and speeds the time to target high-volume production. The vSure product line integrates with both Mentor and non-Mentor PCB design solutions to address a worldwide market in all industry segments. The vSure release 9.0 tool is available now.
Sigrity introduced PowerDC Thermal analysis software. PowerDC Thermal eliminates manual iterations between simulations with separate electrical and thermal tools, reduces time, and improves results convergence. It is ideal for avoiding field failures. PowerDC with DC analysis, thermal analysis, and co-simulation capability is available on Windows and Linux platforms. Annual prices start at $30,000. PowerDC Thermal also is available as an added option for currently licensed Sigrity PowerDC users. It adds thermal analysis and co-simulation to the present DC analysis capability. Annual prices start at $15,000.
Sunstone Circuits (Sunstone) released version 3.3 of PCB123, which is a circuit board design solution for the electronics design industry. PCB123 v3.3 includes additional design capabilities for PCB designers. PCB123 v3.3 supports a seamless design flow to design and assembly services. The PCB design software can convert any file on the layout side from previous versions of PCB123, enabling designers to retain previous design work while taking care of real-time ordering available in v3.3. PCB123 is available for free.
Cadence Design Systems introduced version 16.3 of the Allegro and OrCAD printed circuit board (PCB) software. The lates release includes new features and functionality designed to boost productivity and performance for PCB engineers. The Allegro and OrCAD PCB Design Release 16.3 offer PCB engineers the ability to miniaturize the footprint of end product and reduce the number of physical prototype iterations, making the design cycle more predictable. The Allegro and OrCAD PCB Design Release 16.3 will be available for download in early December 2009.