PCB Design

CADdigest.com reviews Zuken's E³.series Electrical CAD Software

Amy Clements wrote the latest Zuken blog reporting on an analysis of the E3 series electrical CAD software. Jason Brett, who teaches electronics and material sciences in the Technology Teacher Education Program at the British Columbia Institute of Technology is the reviewer.

You can read the details by following the link in the Zuken box on the right.

Zuken Innovation World Roadshow

Zuken is not a frequently mentioned when I ask people in the industry to give me names of companies that are at the leading edge of our technology. Yet the company is a major player in the PCB market, second only to Mentor according to Gary Smith. The reason for this lack of knowledge rests, I believe, in the nature of the company. Zuken is a Japanese company with major research and development assets in Germany as well. This, I believe, justifies the reserved approach to the market. Zuken does not promote itself with the high profile events of its competitors.

Mentor Graphics Announces PCB Technology Leadership Awards Program Winners

Continuing its tradition of promoting and recognizing printed circuit board (PCB) design excellence, Mentor Graphics Corporation announced winners of its PCB Technology Leadership Awards. Started in 1988, this program is the longest running competition of its kind in the electronic design automation (EDA) industry. It recognizes engineers and designers who use innovative methods and design tools to address today’s complex PCB systems design challenges and produce industry-leading products.

Zuken Blogs About Its Participation In The 20th FED Conference

A just published blog that you can read in its entirety by clicking on the Zuken logo on the right, describes Zuken's role at the 20th FED conference in Dresden, Germany. The conference is a major PCB event in Europe.

In addition to its presence on the exposition floor, Zuken employees presented two papers during the technical session. Masoud Raeisi discussed design rules violations PCB designers often make, while Ralf Bruening covered design challenges of PCI-Express.

Cadence Releases OrCAD 16.6, Boosts PSpice Performance

I must confess that this announcement came as a surprise. Coupled with the introduction of a new version of Allegro that I covered yesterday, Cadence Design Systems has launched the Cadence® OrCAD 16.6 PCB design solution with new features, enhanced customization capabilities, and 20 percent simulation performance improvements that provide customers a shorter, more predictable path to product creation. Additionally, a new signal-integrity flow introduces a higher level of automation that gives usability and productivity benefits for circuit simulation of performance-driven digital circuits requiring pre-layout topology and constraint exploration and development for high-speed design. The Cadence OrCAD 16.6 PCB technology is scheduled to be available in Q4 2012.

Join us in the global movement at Zuken Innovation World

by Dionne Hayman

This year we’re doing our annual conferences on a GRAND scale. Last year you might have been familiar with Z-DAC in North America, Innovation Fair in Japan, or Engineering Days in Europe. This year, we’ve brought them all together and centered on a consistent theme for all of our global conferences – Innovation.

In 2012, no matter where you’re based, your local annual conference will be the much the same as what your counterparts experience on the other side of the world. The content differs slightly to cater for specific local interests, but the approach is the same.
The emphasis of the conference is networking, learning and sharing innovative ideas.

Cadence Allegro Uses Microsoft SharePoint

Cadence Design Systems, Inc. has announced Allegro 16.6 that it claims will accelerate timing closure for high-speed interfaces by 30-50 percent, through timing-aware physical implementation and verification delivered in the industry’s first ECAD team collaboration environment for PCB design using Microsoft® SharePoint® technology. The Allegro release 16.6 PCB solutions will be available in Q4, 2012

Zuken Innovation World Post Conference Training

Zuken is pleased to offer two training courses immediately following the ZIW Conference. The training will take place on October 18th. Attendees can combine travel to both the conference and the training, thus saving considerable amounts of money. The fee for attending these special courses is a highly discounted rate of only $350 for the full day.

Zuken Incorporates Würth Elektronik DFM Rules Into CADSTAR

Zuken and Würth Elektronik announced that design principles and layer stacks from Würth products will be incorporated into the next version of CADSTAR as part of a new collaboration that will help create higher quality PCB designs.

Zuken Innovation World Is Fast Approaching

Last year I attended Zuken World (now renamed Zuken Innovation World) in San Antonio TX, but did not meet either of the Castro twins. Instead I attended the release of the CR-8000 PCB design environment and learned a lot about a company that at times seems a bit shy in its marketing approach in the US. Its style contrasts with the more aggressive approach of its competitors. I have often speculated that this is due to different cultures in Japan and in the US. Zuken, enjoys a significant place in the PCB market, competing with Mentor for leadership in the market. The CR-8000 is truly a system level design environment that approaches PCB architecture, design, and implementation in a holistic way.