Radica Launches Electra Cloud

IPOH, Malaysia, Jan 17, 2020 – Radica Software Sdn. Bhd. announced the immediate availability of Electra Cloud, fully browser-based electrical CAD software that allows engineers to create, edit, and share 2D electrical, pneumatic and hydraulic schematic drawings with team members. Electra Cloud works on all computer operating systems including Microsoft Windows, Linux, and Apple Macintosh, as well as on any mobile devices such as smartphones. An easy-to-use software, Electra Cloud does not require extensive training, and furthermore, it helps engineers complete schematic drawings between 300% and 500% faster than traditional software currently available in the market. Electra Cloud is now available directly at https://cloud.radicasoftware.com.

An important advantage of Electra Cloud is that it allows users to collaborate on their drawings with team members located anywhere in the world in real-time, with just a browser and no additional software required.

Thomas Yip, CEO and founder of Radica Software said, “Software offerings in the electrical CAD industry have not seen much changes despite their long existence. So, we are thrilled to offer Electra Cloud, a breakthrough solution for engineers around the world. We’re saying this because Electra Cloud can be accessed from anywhere using a web browser and users no longer need to have a software installed on their computer to access electrical drawings like previously. This, sets Electra Cloud apart from ECAD products in the market.”

Team dashboard which is a key feature in Electra Cloud allows team members of the same project will always have access to the latest version of drawings, for teams to work effectively together. It enables easy sharing, commenting, chatting and collaborative editing.

In addition, Electra Cloud also comes with file version control feature that saves changes made in real-time automatically, allowing collaborators to revert to previous revisions without worrying about losing any previous work.

Electra Cloud contains all the necessary automated tooling including automatic tagging, circuit reuse, real time cross reference, extensive set of NFPA/JIC and IEC symbols, PLC modules, automatically generate bill of materials, terminals, panel layout and others.

“Electra Cloud makes design collaboration much simpler and easier. For instance, previously, recipients must have the same CAD software or a viewer to collaborate on a drawing, but that is not an issue anymore. With a click of a button, users of Electra Cloud can now share drawings with any authorized team members regardless of their location and they can edit, comment and chat about the designs using a web browser only,” Yip commented.

“It is a great concept, and it is great that you then have access from anywhere,” said Joseph Stieha (Electra Cloud Beta user), from PowerTech Water Inc, based in Lexington, Kentucky, USA.

Pricing: Electra Cloud is available for a free 30-day trial after which users can choose to downgrade to a Free Plan or continue to use Electra at USD99 per user per month, USD999 per user per year for Electra Standard (without hydraulic and pneumatic tools) and USD1499 per year for Electra Professional with hydraulic and pneumatic tools.

Radica Software also plans to release an offline version of Electra Cloud especially to those users who are concerned about privacy and would prefer to work entirely offline.

About Radica Software Sdn. Bhd.

Founded in 2005, Radica Software focuses on developing smart and fast electrical computer-aided design or ECAD software for electrical engineers. Electra helps improve productivity and work efficiency for engineers in the electrical, control and automation. In 2020, Radica Software launched world’s first fully browser-based electrical CAD software. Since its inception, Electra has been used by engineers from all around the world including in Australia, Canada, Japan, Malaysia, Norway, South Korea, and USA.

Radica Software is headquartered in Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia. Visit Radica Software’s website at www.radicasoftware.com.

EMA Launches CADSync with Native SOLIDWORKS Connector

ROCHESTER, NY, Jan 17, 2020 – EMA Design Automation, a full-service provider and innovator of electronic design automation (EDA) solutions, announced CADSync, providing a streamlined way to accurately pass high-fidelity design data and changes between Cadence PCB and SOLIDWORKS. “This patent pending technology provides native bidirectional collaboration and traceability,” said Manny Marcano, president and CEO of EMA. “Design teams can now work in concert for early communication and data sharing, enabling them to successfully launch mechatronic products on time and on budget.”

EMA CADSync

The current state of ECAD/MCAD ‘collaboration’ typically involves throwing large STEP files over the wall hoping each team can derive the data they need. This results in inaccuracy, miscommunication, delays, and even design re-spins. CADSync is the first and only native, bi-directional conduit between SOLIDWORKS and OrCAD/Allegro PCB Editor, providing a connection between ECAD and MCAD domains and eliminating the need for any middleware. PCB designers now have in-tool access to leverage native CAD data structures for maximum performance, efficiency, and accuracy, versus other solutions using common interchange formats.

CADSync includes a unique PCB toolkit for SOLIDWORKS which enables SOLIDWORKS teams to work on PCB features in their native design environment, while automatically capturing the data needed to properly specify changes and requirements in Cadence PCB. Since ECAD data is communicated to SOLIDWORKS using native solid parts, features, and assemblies, MCAD designers can also easily simulate and manipulate PCB elements in context of the mechanical assembly, which is not possible using traditional interchange format methods.

“Traditional ECAD/MCAD interface solutions either have a heavy server configuration that accompanies the product, or they have limitations in what information can be synchronized between the mechanical and electrical domain-CADSync has neither,” said Dan Fernsebner, PCB product marketing director, Cadence Design Systems, Inc. “It’s incredibly simple to deploy and easy to use, immediately empowering engineering cross-domain collaboration.”

“CADSync is a product truly driven by our customers’ needs to collaborate effectively and operate efficiently across the entire product development cycle,” added Marcano. “The EMA development team included both electrical and mechanical domain experts with over 20 years of experience in this space to ensure this product provided the best experience for both sides and delivered on the promise of a true, collaborative mechatronics design environment.”

CADSync is available worldwide exclusively through EMA. To get a free trial or for more information, visit go.ema-eda.com/cadsync.

About EMA Design Automation, Inc.

EMA Design Automation is a trailblazer in product development solutions offering a complete range of EDA tools, PLM integrations, services, training, and technical support.  EMA is a Cadence Channel Partner serving all of North America. EMA develops Ultra Librarian, TimingDesigner, CircuitSpace, CIP, EDABuilder, and a host of custom solutions to enhance the OrCAD products, and all are distributed through a worldwide network of value added resellers.  EMA is a privately held corporation headquartered in Rochester, NY.

Visit EMA at  www.ema-eda.com for more information.

TE Connectivity Releases OJT 10A Series Relays

HARRISBURG, PA, Jan 16, 2020 – TE Connectivity (TE), a world leader in connectivity and sensors, has designed a new 10A TV-8 rated OJT relay to meet market needs for high inrush capability, without sacrificing valuable PCB space. The need to embed more functionality into smaller spaces is becoming a requirement for engineers designing new applications. Their 10A TV-8 rated OJT power relays offer a compact and powerful design solution that can withstand up to a 117A inrush current in a 40% smaller size compared to similarly rated relays.

The 15.2mm (H) design is UL TV-8 rated to comply with global industry safety standards for high inrush applications. The UL TV-8 rating enables OJT 10A TV-8 relays to be used in devices that have a high inrush current when the switch is turned on, helping ensure safety and reliability.

Offered in 5 through 24 volt versions, OJT relays can be particularly useful in indoor lighting applications, smart plugs, appliances (washing machines, refrigeration and cooking), industrial machinery, motors, industrial controls, HVAC, printers and power supply controls.

Water Wang, product manager at TE Connectivity states, “The new OJT 10A power relay offers a high inrush capability in a compact size, making it an optimized design and cost solution for the market.”

About TE Connectivity

TE Connectivity is a $13 billion global industrial technology leader creating a safer, sustainable, productive, and connected future. Their broad range of connectivity and sensor solutions, proven in the harshest environments, enable advancements in transportation, industrial applications, medical technology, energy, data communications, and the home. With nearly 80,000 employees, including more than 8,000 engineers, working alongside customers in approximately 150 countries, TE ensures that every connection counts.

Learn more at www.te.com.