Category Archives: Electronics

Cadence Allegro X Design Platform Released

SAN JOSE, CA, June 18, 2021 – Cadence Design Systems, Inc. debuted the Cadence Allegro X Design Platform, the industry’s first engineering platform for system design that unifies schematic, layout, analysis, design collaboration and data management. Built upon proven Allegro and OrCAD core technology, the new Allegro X platform revolutionizes and streamlines the system design process for engineers—offering unparalleled collaboration across all engineering disciplines, integration with best-in-class Cadence signoff-level simulation and analysis products, and greater layout performance.

Engineers today increasingly must design and collaborate across multiple domains, including electromagnetic (EM), thermal, signal and power integrity (SI/PI), and logical/physical implementation. The Allegro X platform’s simplified user interaction model delivers quick technology access and immediate value for novice and expert users. By minimizing iterations and providing access to both the logical and physical domains simultaneously with concurrent collaboration capabilities across schematic, layout and analysis activities, the Allegro X platform reduces the time and effort to complete the design of complex systems by up to 4X compared to legacy design tools.

The Allegro X platform leverages a hybrid cloud solution that provides scalable compute resources and full technology access while reducing deployment footprints and complexity. With the Allegro X platform, engineers can now deliver high-quality designs with access to the Cadence Clarity 3D Solver, Celsius Thermal Solver, Sigrity technology and PSpice for simulation and analysis, Allegro Pulse for design data management, and interoperability with the AWR Microwave Office RF design flow.

The Allegro X platform delivers significant improvement in design throughput and performance. By leveraging GPU technology in combination with core architectural optimization, Allegro X performance is accelerated across a wide range of operations. In addition, the Allegro X platform utilizes cloud resources to synthesize full or partial PCB designs. Innovative machine learning (ML) techniques concurrently optimize the design for manufacturing, SI and PI requirements while designing the power delivery network (PDN), device placement and signal interconnect as specified by the system architect/electrical engineer.

“The Allegro X platform establishes a unified engineering platform, boosting overall design team productivity up to 4X. Engineers now have a framework for logical and physical design, in 2D or 3D, single- or multi-board, that allows them to optimize resources even on the most complex 5G designs, enabled by interoperability with the AWR Microwave Office RF design flow,” said Tom Beckley, senior vice president and general manager of the Custom IC & PCB Group at Cadence. “Cadence R&D has been working diligently with academia and industry partners on groundbreaking, analysis-driven PCB synthesis that significantly enhances design productivity.”

“Harnessing the power of accelerated computing by using NVIDIA GPUs enables Cadence’s Allegro X platform to boost performance up to 20X for interactive operations,” said Greg Bodi, director of PCB layout engineering at NVIDIA. “This performance improvement delivers our engineers immediate canvas responsiveness and acceleration when 2D rendering complex boards during the design phase.”

“Multi-objective optimization is a challenging problem and I am pleased that MIT students and alumni have made significant progress working inside Cadence on novel ML solutions towards the synthesis of difficult PCB designs. The resulting system will not only benefit MIT, but will also significantly improve productivity in the PCB community at large,” said Dr. Tomas Palacios, professor of electrical engineering and computer science at MIT.

The Allegro X platform supports Cadence’s Intelligent System Design strategy, which enables customers to accelerate system innovation. Customers can learn more at www.cadence.com/go/allegrox. The Allegro X Design Platform will be available for general release in the fourth quarter of 2021.

About Cadence

Cadence is a pivotal leader in electronic design, building upon more than 30 years of computational software expertise. The company applies its underlying Intelligent System Design strategy to deliver software, hardware and IP that turn design concepts into reality. Cadence customers are the world’s most innovative companies, delivering extraordinary electronic products from chips to boards to systems for the most dynamic market applications, including consumer, hyperscale computing, 5G communications, automotive, mobile, aerospace, industrial and healthcare. For seven years in a row, Fortune magazine has named Cadence one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For.

Learn more at cadence.com.

SnapEDA Partners with RS Components’ DesignSpark

to Augment DesignSpark website with SnapEDA Search Engine

SAN FRANCISCO, CA, June 14, 2021 – Today, SnapEDA, the first search engine for electronics design, and DesignSpark, an online design community and resource center for design engineers, are launching a new collaboration to help engineers design faster, regardless of which PCB design tool they use.

Part detail page_2D models

The new collaboration will augment the DesignSpark website with the SnapEDA search engine, allowing engineers to discover and design-in millions of electronic components through free CAD models that are compatible with nearly all major PCB design tools.

Pricing_stock from RS Components

With over a billion electronic components in production, part selection and design-in are significant bottlenecks when designing electronics. In addition to the sheer volume of parts to choose from, engineers need to procure sophisticated digital models for each component in their designs. This prerequisite for complex design content is a burden on engineers that ampers innovation.

Search Results

The new SnapEDA search experience on the DesignSpark website makes it easy for engineers to search and design-in electronic components, allowing engineers to jump straight to design. Engineers can search for a keyword like ‘bluetooth’ or ‘usb type c’ to discover new components, or enter a specific part number. Once they’ve selected a product, they can download the CAD model instantly.

“Since launching DesignSpark 11 years ago, RS Components has demonstrated its commitment to supporting the engineering community through tools and resources,” said Natasha Baker, founder and CEO of SnapEDA.

“This commitment resonates with us here at SnapEDA, where we have similarly been unwaveringly committed to helping engineers design faster with free, innovative design tools and resources we’ve brought to the market. We’re thrilled to support the engineering community together with this new SnapEDA integration on the DesignSpark website,” said Natasha Baker, founder & CEO of SnapEDA.

Powered by SnapEDA’s patented verification technology, the new integration also includes datasheets and other specifications provided by RS Components, as well as the ability to check prices and purchase components. Supported PCB design formats include DesignSpark PCB, Altium, KiCad, Fusion360, Cadence Allegro, OrCAD, EAGLE, Pulsonix, DipTrace, Proteus, ExpressPCB Plus, CircuitStudio, PADS, PCB123, Target 3001!, and P-CAD.

The new SnapEDA integration on the DesignSpark website can be accessed at https://www.rs-online.com/designspark/snapeda-parts-finder.

About SnapEDA

SnapEDA helps engineers design electronics faster by removing barriers. Our search engine for electronics design is used by over 1 million engineers and PCB designers each year, creating everything from smartwatches to drones and robots.  By providing ready-to-use building blocks for design — including symbols, PCB footprints and 3D models — SnapEDA makes product development a snap, so that designers can focus on innovating. SnapEDA’s models are created using proprietary and patented, creation, verification, and translation technology. As the first and only neutral electronic design content provider in the industry today, SnapEDA remains committed to creating amazing experiences that improve the lives of engineers and the world around them.

Learn more at www.snapeda.com.

About RS Components

RS Components is a trading brand of Electrocomponents plc, a global multi-channel provider of industrial and electronic products and solutions. We offer more than 650,000 industrial and electronics products, sourced from over 2,500 leading suppliers, and provide a wide range of value-added services to over 1.2 million customers. With operations in 32 countries, we ship more than 60,000 parcels a day. Electrocomponents is listed on the London Stock Exchange and in the year ended 31 March 2021 reported revenue of £2.0 billion. Electrocomponents plc has nine operating brands: RS Components, Allied Electronics & Automation, RS PRO, OKdo, DesignSpark, IESA, Synovos, Needlers and Liscombe.

For more information, please visit the website at https://uk.rs-online.com/web.

Remcom Updates XFdtd 3D EM Simulation Software

STATE COLLEGE, PA, June 10, 2021 – Remcom announces an update to XFdtd 3D EM Simulation Software, with transient EM/circuit co-simulation for electrostatic discharge (ESD) testing and support for transient voltage suppressor (TVS) diodes and spark gaps. XFdtd contains a number of features for simulating the ESD testing process, allowing engineers to pinpoint components susceptible to ESD damage and optimize ESD mitigation prior to trial-and-error testing on a physical prototype. Building on these capabilities, the new release supports the import of TVS diode netlist files and inclusion of their nonlinear behavior in a finite-difference time-domain (FDTD) simulation.

TVS components are critical to the protection of sensitive PC board components, and the ideal simulation method combines a transient nonlinear circuit solver with a full-wave electromagnetic solver. XFdtd simulates non-destructive testing using a virtual prototype that includes the physical layout of the TVS components to enhance accuracy, simultaneously capturing all electromagnetic phenomena from the 3D CAD geometry as well as the complex nonlinear behavior of the circuit model in a single time-domain simulation. Various diode placements can be simulated to determine a successful circuit layout and strengthen the ESD protection of the final device.

Transient EM/circuit co-simulation overcomes the limitations of using specialized solvers in isolation, enabling engineers to analyze device protection measures and more effectively eliminate ESD events. By resolving ESD vulnerabilities earlier in the design process, certification setbacks can be avoided.

For more information on the latest release of XFdtd, please visit Remcom’s website. XFdtd users without an active Remcom Professional Support contract can upgrade to the latest version by contacting sales.

About Remcom

Remcom provides innovative electromagnetic simulation and wireless propagation software for commercial users and US government sponsors. Remcom’s complementary products work together to provide complete end-to-end design and analysis of complex devices in real world scenarios, simplifying EM analysis for a wide variety of applications including antenna design and placement, 5G MIMO, outdoor and indoor mmWave planning, mobile device design, biomedical, microwave, automotive radar, and more. Remcom is committed to its customers’ unique needs, offering flexible licensing options for installations of all sizes as well as custom engineered solutions.

Zuken USA Announces Cloud Storage for E3.series

WESTFORD, MA, June 9, 2021 – Zuken USA, Inc. has added cloud storage to its popular E3.series suite of products for wire harness and electrical cabinet design. Cloud Vault for E3.series is a plug-in that connects to Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure for project storage and management. Companies of all sizes can now take advantage of the convenience and security of cloud storage while using the E3.series design suite. Cloud service accounts are customer-controlled, providing data privacy and configurable settings.

Cloud Vault for E3.series

Cloud Vault for E3.series works with all E3.series design modules with single-user licensing such as E3.schematic, E3.cable, E3.panel, E3.formboard, and more. The new plug-in also supports specialized modules like Harness Builder for E3.series.

Enhanced user experience

Cloud Vault for E3.series is easy to set up and use with Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure. Users can also directly connect to the Zuken Americas Community for quick access to articles, how-to videos, and user forums. The intuitive administrative options provide configurable settings for user password change, application theme color, iteration saving, language, version increment type, and more. The commercial cloud services provide on-demand scalability, robust security, and unmatched flexibility. 

Cloud Vault for E3.series provides revision control for manufacturing drawings.

Easy project management

The E3.series plug-in and desktop applications together communicate with the cloud service to store, update, and manage the project data. User access can be set at the user and group levels for better collaboration. Check-in and check-out functions are seamless, keeping the information across the application synchronized. The project version-compare function streamlines the change documentation process for tracking project history. Read-only PDFs are published automatically at the release point for upstream and downstream users.

Cloud Vault for E3.series is available today in North America and supports E3.series 2019 and later versions. To learn more, visit https://www.zuken.com/us/product/e3series/cloud-vault/

About E3.series

E3.series is widely used to design large, complex electrical cabling, control cabinet, and wire harness designs for advanced applications in the machinery, power, automotive, transportation, and aerospace and defense industries. 

About Zuken

Zuken is a global provider of leading-edge software and consulting services for electrical and electronic design and manufacturing. Founded in 1976, Zuken has the longest track record of technological innovation and financial stability in the electronic design automation (EDA) software industry. The company’s extensive experience, technological expertise and agility, combine to create world-class software solutions. Zuken’s transparent working practices and integrity in all aspects of business produce long-lasting and successful customer partnerships that make Zuken a reliable long-term business partner.

For more information about the company and its products, visit www.zuken.com.

Autodesk to Acquire Altium

SAN FRANCISCO, CA, June 8, 2021 – Autodesk, Inc. confirmed that it has submitted a non-binding proposal to acquire all the outstanding shares of common stock of Altium Ltd. for AUD$38.50, to be implemented by way of a scheme of arrangement.

Altium is a global software company headquartered in San Diego, California and publicly traded on the Australian Securities Exchange. The company develops software used by printed circuit board (PCB) designers and electrical engineers at organizations around the world to deliver connected, intelligent products.

The proposed combination would advance Autodesk’s strategy to converge design and make through a unified design, engineering and manufacturing cloud platform that enables greater productivity and sustainability for its customers. Autodesk believes Altium’s solutions would be complementary to its portfolio, creating unique opportunities for customers while delivering significant, certain and immediate value to Altium’s shareholders. The proposal represents a 41.5% premium over Altium’s closing price of AUD$27.21 on June 4, 2021, one business day prior to the announcement by Altium of Autodesk’s proposal and a premium of over 47.4% to the one-month volume-weighted average price. Autodesk intends to finance the transaction using cash on hand and debt financing.

The proposal is indicative, non-binding and subject to a number of conditions including, but not limited to, satisfactory completion of due diligence, unanimous recommendation in favor of the transaction by the Altium board, agreement between Autodesk and Altium and execution of a scheme implementation agreement incorporating customary terms and conditions for a transaction of this nature, Altium shareholder and court approval, receipt of all applicable regulatory approvals and no material adverse change to Altium.

There is no certainty that any transaction will ultimately be agreed to or as to the terms on which such a transaction, if any, might occur. Autodesk does not intend to make any additional comments on this matter unless and until it believes it is appropriate to do so or a definitive agreement has been reached.

About Autodesk

Autodesk makes software for people who make things. If you’ve ever driven a high-performance car, admired a towering skyscraper, used a smartphone, or watched a great film, chances are you’ve experienced what millions of Autodesk customers are doing with our software. Autodesk gives you the power to make anything.

For more information, visit autodesk.com.

Infinite Appoints Emily Campbell as Chief Marketing Officer

IRVINE, CA, June 8, 2021 – Infinite Electronics, Inc., a leading global supplier of electronic components serving the urgent needs of engineers through a family of highly recognized brands, has appointed Emily Campbell to the position of chief marketing officer. In this role, Campbell will lead Infinite’s global marketing strategy and execution, including brand strategy, direct and digital marketing, eCommerce, customer experience, acquisition and retention, internal and external communications, PR, analytics and marketing operations.

Emily Campbell

Campbell joins Infinite Electronics with more than 20 years of extensive B2B and B2C marketing leadership experience. Prior to Infinite Electronics, she was CMO with Berlin Packaging, head of global marketing and digital innovation for Arrow Electronics Enterprise Computing Division, and led Arrow’s eCommerce business as the general manager of Global eCommerce. Campbell also held eCommerce and marketing leadership roles at National Instruments, Dell and Compaq.

Campbell earned a B.S. in Marketing and International Business from the University of Colorado.

“Emily’s education, leadership background and vast experience in this space, position her exceptionally well to lead our talented marketing teams to great success. We are confident that Emily will be an outstanding addition to Infinite’s Executive Team, and we look forward to her contributions and leadership,” explained Penny Cotner, Infinite Electronics’ president & CEO.

For additional information about Infinite Electronics, please visit www.infiniteelectronics.com.

About Infinite Electronics

Based in Irvine, CA, Infinite Electronics is a Warburg Pincus portfolio company, and offers 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 & Aiconics. Infinite Electronics serves a global engineering customer base with deep technical expertise and support, with one of the broadest inventories of products available for immediate shipment.