Solving the EM Solver Problem

Solving the EM Solver Problem
by Tom Simon on 04-03-2019 at 7:00 am

The need for full wave EM solvers has been creeping into digital design for some time. Higher operating frequencies – like those found in 112G links, lower noise margins – caused by multi level signaling such as in PAM-4, and increasing design complexity – as seen in RDL structures, interposers, advanced connector… Read More


Design for Manufacturability Analysis for PCB’s

Design for Manufacturability Analysis for PCB’s
by Tom Dillinger on 09-29-2017 at 7:00 am

Chip designers are familiar with the additional physical design checking requirements that were incorporated into flows at advanced process nodes. With the introduction of optical correction and inverse lithography technology applied during mask data generation, and with the extension of a 193nm exposure source to finerRead More


3D Product Design Collaboration in MCAD and ECAD Platforms

3D Product Design Collaboration in MCAD and ECAD Platforms
by Tom Dillinger on 04-25-2017 at 12:00 pm

Consumer electronics demand aggressive mechanical enclosure design — product volume, weight, shape, and connector access are all critical design optimization criteria. Mechanical CAD (MCAD) software platforms are used by product engineers to develop the enclosure definition — the integration of the PCB design… Read More


The 4C’s of PCB Design

The 4C’s of PCB Design
by Tom Dillinger on 04-20-2017 at 12:00 pm

The diamond jewelry industry encourages customers to focus on the 4C’s — cut, clarity, color, and carats. At the recent PCB Forum conducted by Mentor (a Siemens business) in Santa Clara, I learned that current system design flows also require an emphasis on the 4C’s — collaboration, concurrency, consistencyRead More


Building a Solar Powered Ice Freezer

Building a Solar Powered Ice Freezer
by Tom Simon on 12-18-2016 at 4:00 pm

My vacation is your worst nightmare. Well, at least that is what the bumper sticker says – it’s referring to Burning Man. It’s well known that among the tens of thousands of people attending this arts festival in Nevada at the end of each Summer there are lots of high tech luminaries. I also have gone many times – not to say that I am a luminary.… Read More


Mainstream PCB Design Requires a Complete Tool Platform, Too

Mainstream PCB Design Requires a Complete Tool Platform, Too
by Tom Dillinger on 07-11-2016 at 8:00 am

The EDA tool offerings for printed circuit board design commonly address one of three customer markets: (1) the enterprise design team, (2) the product development engineer, and (3) the “maker”. … Read More


Eight Improvements for PCB Software

Eight Improvements for PCB Software
by Daniel Payne on 05-04-2016 at 12:00 pm

I first met John Durbetaki at Intel in Aloha, Oregon and we both had a keen interest in the nascent personal computer industry. My first PC was made by Radio Shack and dubbed the TRS-80 which maxed out at 48KB of RAM. I kept watch on Durbetaki as he left Intel and formed his own company OrCAD in 1985 to serve the needs of PC-based CAD software.… Read More


PCB Design Requires Both Speed and Accuracy of SI/PI Analysis

PCB Design Requires Both Speed and Accuracy of SI/PI Analysis
by Tom Dillinger on 04-04-2016 at 8:00 am

The prevailing industry trends are clear: (1) PCB and die package designs are becoming more complex, across both mobile and high-performance applications; (2) communication interface performance between chips (and their related protocols) is increasingly demanding to verify; (3) signal integrity and power integrity issues… Read More


Accelerate Modern PCB Design and Manufacturing

Accelerate Modern PCB Design and Manufacturing
by Pawan Fangaria on 05-24-2015 at 12:00 pm

In modern electronic industry PCBs are required to accommodate highly dense circuits with large number of components and complex routing spaces. While the complexity is increasing, the time-to-market is decreasing. In such a scenario, there is no other option than to reduce the design time by employing innovative editing options… Read More