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Altium Partners with IPCEF, Arduino

Announce Student Electronics Design Challenge

SAN DIEGO, CA, Aug 18, 2022 – Altium LLC, the leading printed circuit board (PCB) design software company, is partnering with the IPC Education Foundation (IPCEF) and Arduino to launch the second annual student electronics design challenge. This competition aims to engage, educate, and enhance PCB design capabilities while developing STEM solutions to environmental challenges. The electronics design challenge is an excellent opportunity for students to showcase their talents and gain real-world experience.

The Innovation for Environmental Change 2022 International Student Design Competition (#PCBeTheChange) engages student teams to help address common environmental concerns using Altium’s educational tools with Arduino hardware.

Over 17 countries submitted entries to last year’s competition, which addressed various local environmental issues, including city traffic, shoreline erosion, bushfire detection, honey bee endangerment, and more.

Teams will use Altium Upverter Modular PCB design software and the Arduino Portenta H7 to create prototype designs that will improve the environment in each team’s respective local area. The teams will be challenged to tackle one or more environmental concerns, such as air pollution, water quality, and solar energy capture.

As Yu Hu, head of Arduino Education, elaborates, “At Arduino, we believe that it is very crucial to empower the scientists and engineers of the future to address the common challenges of our time by using technology for the benefit of many.  Last year’s entries showed an amazing combination of ingenuity, curiosity and technical skills in their designs, and we’re excited to see what new and innovative STEM solutions the teams will submit this year.”

Participating teams will enter the design challenge while harnessing Altium Upverter Education and the Upverter Modular tool. Altium features multiple educational initiatives designed to support high school STEM teachers and students, along with programs to support college students and industry professionals.

“It was fascinating to see 87 teams from around the world participate, leveraging the printed circuit board design knowledge they had learned from Altium’s Upverter Education, to address important environmental issues. We are excited to see more unique designs from this year’s contestants and are honored to again have the opportunity to provide the curriculum and tools students need for the contest,” adds Rea Callender, vice president of education at Altium.

Winning teams will be eligible to win cash prizes for each category: high school and college: $1500 (1st prize), $750 (2nd prize) and $500 (3rd prize), free access to IPC APEX EXPO in San Diego, California from January 24-26, 2023. Designs will be displayed at the IPC Design Booth; awards will be presented at the IPC APEX EXPO STEM Outreach Event.

Charlene Gunter, senior director of IPCEF shares, “We believe that opportunities and experiences like this will allow students to gain awareness and access to the electronics manufacturing industry and in turn help them reach their career goals. This collaboration with Altium, Upverter Education, and Arduino showcases our mutual goals of engaging and educating students in PCB design, and we look forward to seeing the creativity and solutions the teams will create this year.”

Open registration is available for the design challenge now via Upverter Education and runs through Monday, October 3. Teams must submit their designs online by Friday, November 18. Competition winners will be announced on Wednesday, December 14, followed by virtual presentations for the first place and runner-up entrants.

For more information, please contact upverter.education@altium.com.

About Altium

Altium, LLC  is a global software company headquartered in San Diego, CA, accelerating the pace of innovation through electronics. For over 30 years, Altium has been delivering software that maximizes the productivity of PCB designers and electrical engineers. From individual inventors to multinational corporations, more PCB designers and engineers choose Altium software to design and realize electronics-based products.

About Upverter Education

Upverter Education, launched by Altium in September 2020, is addressing an important societal need by empowering STEM educators teaching engineering, electronics design, and robotics with free essential tools and classroom resources. The program has been honored with multiple awards, including the EdTech Breakthrough Award, for Best Engineering Learning Solution and the Gold STEVIE American Business Award, further validating Altium’s innovative approach to supporting STEM education.

About IPC Education Foundation (IPCEF)

The IPC Education Foundation creates awareness of the careers the electronics manufacturing industry has to offer students in high school and college by providing them with opportunities to access people, courses, and knowledge through key programs: 1) The IPC Student Chapter program provides scholarships, industry-standard education, industry connections, and access to hands-on competitions, especially with the support of industry experts and professionals; 2) IPC Video Subscription Libraries provide access to industry-relevant content to students in high school and college, and 3) a variety of engagement initiatives like in-person/virtual events, webinars, and classroom activities.

About Arduino

Arduino is the leading open-source hardware and software company in the world. Born to provide an easy-to-use platform for anyone making interactive projects, Arduino has reached a growing community and adapted to new needs and challenges, branching out into products for IoT, wearables, 3D printing, and embedded environments. As of today, the Arduino community included approximately 30 million active users.

ITandFactory Releases E&I Designer 2022

BAD SODEN, Germany, Aug 17, 2022 – ITandFactory GmbH (ITF) announces the release of its new standalone product ‘E&I Designer 2022’ with the vision to provide an intelligent yet competitive solution for electrical engineers and designers.

E&I Designer

The product plan for E&I Designer has been underpinned by a two-pronged strategy, to develop:

  • An intelligent tool which is easy-to-use and can integrate seamlessly with existing workflows
  • A practical, yet cost competitive Standalone Solution with its own database and graphic engine

3D Cable Trays

As an eminent market leader in the plant engineering space, ITF has played an active role in the electrical domain with an established product, CADISON (complete 3D plant design suite), geared towards the Process Industry. For over two decades we have been catering to many esteemed customers worldwide in the electrical industry. Their R&D team keeps working on the ground level with their electrical designer users to understand what more they want from us, and how they can better serve them with simple yet innovative solutions.

“We had identified a white space in this market for an intelligent, feature-driven, custom-built and yet cost-effective standalone solution specifically for the Electrical Industry,” said Ajit Joshi, MD of ITandFactory. “It is a comprehensive, intuitive and easy-to-use solution, where electrical engineers & designers don’t need to be dependent on multiple tools specific to their terrain” he added further.

Circuit Diagram

With the release of E&I Designer, once again ITF has demonstrated the industry its readiness in responding to the market demand and industry benchmarks. This reflects on their continued commitment to accomplish their vision in every step they take.

What makes E&I Designer ‘Smart & Unique’ independent solution?

Its development was based on a set objective i.e., equilibrium between time, quality, and cost. It addresses the growing need for interoperability and real-time data integration in industrial enterprise environments intelligently. E&I Designer is a one bundled solution with an embedded CAD graphic engine and an internal database for creating intelligent schematics, controls design, 3D cable trays & panel layouts, conduits & trenches, cable scheduler & comes with sizing calculations and automated reports generation (BOM, MTO, Lists, etc.) capabilities.

Quality Check

Its intuitive interface automates complex tasks, such as contact cross-referencing and terminal drawings. Also, all 2D and 3D designs and data/information are integrated throughout the project lifecycle (one of the top listed concerns of the industry). Engineering efficiency in any Industry often gets hampered due to repetitive revisions which result in erroneous deliverables and project delays. With E&I Designer, the users have the capability of quality check via “Logic Analyzer” and revision control & change management, which helps in defining the check routines and quickly update any changes or modification for error-free deliverables and on-time project completion. Also, E&I Designer features robust document management system for structured keep up of all the project related documents. Thus, it improves the overall design quality, quickens turn-around time, shortens time-to-market and enhances process efficacy. To sum it all up, with E&I Designer one can create all types of electrical design and perform project planning effortlessly, in an intelligent and automated way.

Reports

To know more about its capabilities and features visit its exclusively designed website and get an access to no cost trial version.

Short description of E&I Designer:

  • Innovative solution for intelligent electrical & instrumentation (E&I) design, documentation, and project life-cycle management
  • Intuitive based interface that can easily integrate with existing workflows
  • Built-in intelligent library for electrical and instrumentation symbols
  • Enhanced interoperability & real-time data integration
  • Intelligent and efficient workflows which leads to significant reduction of project costs.
  • Quick creation & routing complex cable trays, conduits and trenches with an intuitive interface, easy to route with existing structures and equipment’s
  • Enhanced cable scheduler function for cable length and fill factor calculation
  • Flexible & scalable tool with automatic (multi-formats) report generation capabilities
  • Engineering sizing calculations as per IEC standards, 2D & 3D panel layouts and GA extraction

About ITandFactory GmbH

ITandFactory GmbH (a fully owned subsidiary of Neilsoft) is one of the leading providers of complete process industry solutions based on innovative technologies. Their mission is to create and deliver the best integrated plant engineering solution & services to help customers improve their project planning, reduce their rework, reduce errors and complete projects faster-to-market.

For more information, visit https://itandfactory.com/en/.

Keysight Extends Partnership with Synopsys

SANTA ROSA, CA, Aug 17, 2022 – Keysight Technologies, Inc., a leading technology company that delivers advanced design and validation solutions to help accelerate innovation to connect and secure the world, announced it has extended its collaboration with Synopsys with the integration of PathWave RFIC Design (GoldenGate) with Synopsys Custom Compiler design environment and Synopsys PrimeSim circuit simulation solutions. This will enable designers to validate complex radio frequency (RF) and millimeter wave design requirements for 5G/6G system-on-chip (SoC) and subsystem designs in the Synopsys Custom Design Family.

“We are migrating our RF design environment to industry-leading commercial tools and workflows based on the Synopsys Custom Compiler design and layout solution,” said Koji Tomioka, vice president at Asahi Kasei Microdevices Corporation. “Keysight’s RFIC design tool integrated with Custom Compiler provides best-in-class layout and simulation capabilities to design and verify our millimeter-wave radar chips. We anticipate that the Synopsys-Keysight collaboration will save us time versus the maintenance of our in-house developed tools.”

The complexity of design requirements for radio frequency integrated circuits (RFICs) that are used for wireless data transmission, such as transceivers and RF front-end components, continues to grow. Next-generation wireless systems target a range of new capabilities including higher bandwidth, more connected devices, lower latency and better coverage. To address these requirements, designers need to simulate and measure RF performance to a greater level of accuracy.

The integration of PathWave RFIC Design (GoldenGate) simulation software, which models complex integrated circuits, with Synopsys Custom Compiler, part of the Synopsys Custom Design Family of products, addresses this challenge by enabling designers to achieve power and performance optimizations and efficiently deliver 5G and 6G designs.

“Native integration of Keysight’s PathWave RFIC Design (GoldenGate) with Synopsys’ Custom Compiler extends our collaboration to address end-to-end workflows for increasingly complex wireless designs,” said Niels Faché, vice president and general manager of Keysight’s PathWave Software Solutions. “This integration enables customers to access Harmonic Balance and Envelope simulation capabilities, as well as Keysight’s Virtual Test Benches, to reliably compute error vector magnitude and adjacent channel power ratio early in the chip design and verification process.”

Integration of Keysight’s PathWave RFIC Design (GoldenGate) into the Synopsys environment and Custom Compiler design workflow provides customers with an enterprise-grade solution for RF and wireless design, delivering the following key benefits:

  • Complementary, high-capacity RFIC simulation solutions to validate complex SoCs with accurate electromagnetic (EM) models for RF and millimeter-wave design blocks.
  • Improved productivity with defined common testbenches, measurements and simulation setup.
  • Ability to meet complex RF and millimeter-wave design requirements to facilitate the creation of 5G and 6G SoC and subsystem designs.
  • Compact test signals and fast distortion EVM simulations for both design and verification of RF circuits using modulated signals.
  • An energy-efficient design that improves power optimization, thermal, mechanical heat stress and battery life.

“To enable key differentiating advantages for 5G/6G designs, Synopsys is delivering robust RF design solutions that deliver best-in-class design, simulation and layout productivity workflows,” said Aveek Sarkar, vice president of engineering at Synopsys. “As a result of our strong relationship with Keysight, our customers can now take advantage of the complementary RFIC simulation products within the Synopsys Custom Design Family. The custom design flow enables a more productive design and verification solution that delivers significantly faster layout and design closure, providing designers an accelerated path to meet their speed, bandwidth and data throughput requirements and time-to-market targets.”

This marks a continuation of Keysight’s strategic partnership with Synopsys, which recently integrated Keysight’s PathWave RFPro with the Synopsys Custom Compiler design environment, enabling customers to rapidly and accurately design wireless chips using TSMC’s N6RF Design Reference Flow.

For more information about Keysight’s tools and solutions, visit PathWave RFIC Design (GoldenGate).

For more information about Keysight’s partnership with Synopsys, visit EDA Partners and Alliances.

To learn more about Synopsys RF design solutions, visit Synopsys RF Design.

About Keysight Technologies   

Keysight delivers advanced design and validation solutions that help accelerate innovation to connect and secure the world. Keysight’s dedication to speed and precision extends to software-driven insights and analytics that bring tomorrow’s technology products to market faster across the development lifecycle, in design simulation, prototype validation, automated software testing, manufacturing analysis, and network performance optimization and visibility in enterprise, service provider and cloud environments. Their customers span the worldwide communications and industrial ecosystems, aerospace and defense, automotive, energy, semiconductor and general electronics markets. Keysight generated revenues of $4.9B in fiscal year 2021.

For more information about Keysight Technologies, visit www.keysight.com.

KP Performance Launches 5G, Low-PIM, In-Building DAS Antennas

IRVINE, CA, Aug 16, 2022 – KP Performance Antennas, an Infinite Electronics brand and a manufacturer of wireless network antennas, has just introduced a new series of 5G, low-PIM, in-building DAS antennas covering 600 MHz to 6 GHz.

The indoor wall-mount and ceiling-mount antennas meet the demand that in-building wireless distributed networks have for high-quality antennas with low-PIM ratings, SISO and MIMO support and wide bandwidth coverage.

These new 5G, low-PIM antennas are 700 MHz FirstNet / First Responder Network ready and suitable for indoor DAS, private networks, hospital and enterprise deployments. They also feature Type N and 4.3-10 connector options for improved PIM consistency as well as a low passive intermodulation of less than minus-150 dBc when tested with 2×20 W tones.

“The key to providing the best performance in telecommunications applications is ensuring your components are low-PIM rated. With a low-PIM rating of less than minus-150 dBc, our new series of wideband antennas help meet the most demanding low-PIM requirements for 5G and LTE/4G bands,” said Kevin Hietpas, Antenna product line manager.

KP Performance Antennas’ new 5G, low-PIM, in-building DAS antennas are in-stock and available for same-day shipping.

About KP Performance Antennas

With decades of in-the-field expertise as former WISP operators and Ph.D. antenna engineers, KP Performance Antennas helps wireless internet service providers maximize ROI with products engineered to exceed industry expectations by delivering superior throughput, greater service coverage, dependable performance and reduced maintenance costs, while also providing responsive service, expert technical support and same-day shipping. KP Performance Antennas is an Infinite Electronics brand.

For more information, visit www.kpperformance.com.

About Infinite Electronics

Based in Irvine, CA, Infinite Electronics is a global electronics supplier offering a broad range of components, assemblies and wired/wireless connectivity solutions serving the aerospace/defense, industrial, government, consumer electronics, instrumentation, medical and telecommunications markets. Infinite’s brands include Pasternack, Fairview Microwave, L-com, MilesTek, ShowMeCables, NavePoint, INC Installs, Integra Optics, PolyPhaser, Transtector, KP Performance Antennas, RadioWaves and Aiconics. Infinite serves its customer base with deep technical expertise and support, with one of the broadest inventories of products available for immediate shipment, fulfilling unplanned demand for engineers and technical buyers. Infinite Electronics is a Warburg Pincus portfolio company.

For more information, visit www.infiniteelectronics.com.