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LPKF Downgrades Annual Revenue Forecast

LPKF Downgrades Annual Revenue Forecast

23 October 2014

TUALATIN, OR – LPKF Laser Electronics has downgraded its earnings forecast for the current financial year, citing weaker-than-expected orders.  Read More...

Mentor Graphics Appoints VP for PCB Design

Mentor Graphics Appoints VP for PCB Design

23 October 2014

WILSONVILLE, OR – Mentor Graphics appointed A.J. Incorvaia to the role of vice president and general manager of the company's Board Systems Division.  Read More...

Altium, Aras Partner on ECAD/MCAD Collaboration

Altium, Aras Partner on ECAD/MCAD Collaboration

22 October 2014

SYDNEY – Altium is partnering with Aras to provide advanced PLM capabilities to ECAD design teams.  Read More...

Vertical Strategy Paying Off for Cadence

Vertical Strategy Paying Off for Cadence

21 October 2014

SAN JOSE -- Cadence Design Systems' strategy to boost its focus on systems-level companies is paying off, company executives told analysts yesterday.  Read More...

Tapco Receives $7.8M Line of Credit

Tapco Receives $7.8M Line of Credit

21 October 2014

ANAHEIM, CA – Tapco Associates received a $7.8 million revolving line of credit from First Capital.  Read More...

Semi Gear Orders Up in September

Semi Gear Orders Up in September

21 October 2014

SAN JOSE — The 90-day moving average orders at North America-based semiconductor equipment manufacturers rose 18.1% year-over-year to $1.17 billion worldwide in...  Read More...

Asset, Mentor Team to Integrate and Promote IJTAG

Asset, Mentor Team to Integrate and Promote IJTAG

21 October 2014

RICHARDSON, TX – Seamless interoperability between Asset InterTech and Mentor Graphics Tessent products for the IEEE P1687 Internal JTAG embedded instrumentatio...  Read More...

Cadence Reports Q3 Revenue Up 9% YoY

Cadence Reports Q3 Revenue Up 9% YoY

20 October 2014

SAN JOSE, CA – Cadence Design Systems reported third-quarter revenue of $400 million, up 9% year-over-year. The electronic design software company reported GAAP...  Read More...

Arlon Makes CCI Exclusive Disty in UK, Scandanavia

Arlon Makes CCI Exclusive Disty in UK, Scandanavia

20 October 2014

RANCHO CUCAMONGA, CA -- Arlon Materials has expanded its distribution agreement with CCI-Eurolam, making CCI sole distributor of Arlon’s printed circuit board s...  Read More...

Microtek Offers PCB Microsection Seminar

Microtek Offers PCB Microsection Seminar

17 October 2014

ANAHEIM, CA – Microtek Laboratories is hosting a free printed circuit board microsection (cross-section) seminar here Nov. 11.  Read More...

New IJTAG Tutorial Explains IC Debugging

New IJTAG Tutorial Explains IC Debugging

16 October 2014

RICHARDSON, TX – A new tutorial explains how IJTAG can streamline the validation, test and debug of semiconductors where instruments are embedded and circuit bo...  Read More...

Ansys to Host PCB Signal Integrity Workshop

Ansys to Host PCB Signal Integrity Workshop

16 October 2014

IRVINE, CA – Ansys is hosting a free signal integrity workshop on Oct. 24 here.  Read More...

Test, Measurement Event Hits Boston in Nov.

Test, Measurement Event Hits Boston in Nov.

15 October 2014

BOSTON – National Instruments will host a free one-day technical conference on test, measurement and embedded applications in Boston next month.  Read More...

Enthone Garners Patent for Etching Plastic

Enthone Garners Patent for Etching Plastic

15 October 2014

WEST HAVEN, CT – Enthone has been granted a European patent for chromium-free etches for plastic substrates.  Read More...

Display Audio to Take Over Car Infotainment, IHS Says

Display Audio to Take Over Car Infotainment, IHS Says

14 October 2014

SOUTHFIELD, MI – Companies like Panasonic, Fujitsu-Ten and Pioneer will see large growth over the next six years as display audio infotainment is forecasted to ...  Read More...

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FEATURES

Are the Lights Almost Out for Sony?

Are the Lights Almost Out for Sony?

Last month, Sony announced a loss of more than $2 billion and canceled its dividends for the current fiscal year.  Read More...

Fresh Faces in the Design Community

Fresh Faces in the Design Community

The annual PCD F Salary Survey reveals that while more than a quarter of designers are nearing retirement, newcomers might finally be filling the gap.  Read More...

A Yen for Better Times in Japan

A Yen for Better Times in Japan

The Japanese yen continues to depreciate against other currencies. Last month, the exchange rate between was below 102 yen for one US dollar, now it stands at m...  Read More...

A ‘Promoter’ for Solder Mask Adhesion

A ‘Promoter’ for Solder Mask Adhesion

A rough topography aids reliability, even while it complicates wet processing.  Read More...

First-Half Performance of the Global PWB Industry

First-Half Performance of the Global PWB Industry

The Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trading and Industry (METI) released the Printed Wiring Board production data for June. Taiwan, Germany, North American, China...  Read More...

Passing Electrical Signoff

Passing Electrical Signoff

The parameters of ESO, and how to efficiently ensure a design will pass.  Read More...

Magnification vs. Resolution in Visual Examination Specifications

Magnification vs. Resolution in Visual Examination Specifications

When it comes to defining measurement, industry standards are lacking. Is a solution available?  Read More...

Power Electronics Packages with Embedded Components – Recent Trends and Developments

Power Electronics Packages with Embedded Components – Recent Trends and Developments

Results of a cross-industry team’s development and testing of a PCB-based embedded chip technology for an under-the-hood automotive application. Over the past ...  Read More...

Free-Space Technique for Measurement of PCB Laminate Materials

Free-Space Technique for Measurement of PCB Laminate Materials

A simple, yet data rich, nondestructive method for material characterization. PCB performance strongly depends on the laminate material’s dielectric constant ...  Read More...

Multi-Fabric Planning for Efficient PCB Design

Multi-Fabric Planning for Efficient PCB Design

A coordinated design methodology fine-tunes chip-to-package PCB layout and routing. When routing a ball grid array style package on a printed circuit board, ha...  Read More...

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PRODUCTS

Beta Layout Releases brd-to-3D Virtual 3D Eagle Viewer

Beta Layout Releases brd-to-3D Virtual 3D Eagle Viewer

brd-to-3D virtual 3D Eagle viewer takes layout file (more formats to be released) and generates a “free” comprehensive 3D package consisting of: Photo-real...  Read More...

DuPont Teijin Debuts Tetoron UF PET, Teonex QF PEN Films

DuPont Teijin Debuts Tetoron UF PET, Teonex QF PEN Films

White Teijin Tetoron UF Polyethylene Terephthalate films (PET) and Teonex QF Polyethylene Naphthalate (PEN) films are halogen-free and flame-retardant. Combine ...  Read More...

MacDermid Introduces M-Speed Chemical Process

MacDermid Introduces M-Speed Chemical Process

M-Speed is a chemical process supporting fabrication of high-frequency printed circuit boards. Provides low-profile innerlayer copper; delivers strong adhesion ...  Read More...

CCI Offers ESD Tape

CCI Offers ESD Tape

ESD tape provides safety from ESD damage. Is made of three layers: two dissipating copolymer substrates on the outside and a conductive layer between them. Repo...  Read More...

Henkel Releases Loctite ECI 8000 Series Printable Inks

Henkel Releases Loctite ECI 8000 Series Printable Inks

Loctite ECI 8000 series printable inks are positive temperature coefficient (PTC) materials for flexible heating applications. Replace traditional copper wire a...  Read More...

Digi-Key, Aspen Labs Launch PCBWeb Designer CAD Tool

Digi-Key, Aspen Labs Launch PCBWeb Designer CAD Tool

PCBWeb Designer free schematic capture and layout EDA/CAD tool comes as a full-license application with no limitations on number of parts, size or layer count, ...  Read More...

Atotech Releases CupraEtch SR Surface Pretreatment

Atotech Releases CupraEtch SR Surface Pretreatment

CupraEtch SR surface pretreatment is said to maximize adhesion of dry and liquid soldermasks and photoresists. Sustainable and robust copper treatment; can also...  Read More...

Altium Releases Designer 15 PCB CAD Software

Altium Releases Designer 15 PCB CAD Software

Designer 15 printed circuit board and electronic system level design software comes with novel Pin Pairs feature to enable accurate length and phase tuning acro...  Read More...

CST Upgrades RCS Simulation in Studio Suite 2015

CST Upgrades RCS Simulation in Studio Suite 2015

Studio Suite 2015 electromagnetic simulation tool includes new features for radar cross-section (RCS) simulation. Adds ability to produce RCS maps - plots of RC...  Read More...

ESI Debuts µFlex Series Multi-axis Laser Drill

ESI Debuts µFlex Series Multi-axis Laser Drill

µFlex Series multi-axis precision laser micromachining platform, Is configurable to accommodate a variety of laser wavelengths, powers, and pulse widths, from ...  Read More...

CST Adds Synthesis Filters to Studio Suite

CST Adds Synthesis Filters to Studio Suite

CST Studio Suite now comes with Filter Designer 2D, permitting synthesis, electromagnetic simulation, optimization and multiphysics analysis of filters in one s...  Read More...

Rogers Adds Rolled Copper Cladding Options to RO3000 Laminates

Rogers Adds Rolled Copper Cladding Options to RO3000 Laminates

RO3003, RO3035 and RO3203 low dielectric constant laminate materials now have rolled copper cladding options. Smooth rolled copper, paired with the low dielectr...  Read More...

Fujiploy Releases Sarcon SPG-20B Thermal Interface Compound

Fujiploy Releases Sarcon SPG-20B Thermal Interface Compound

Sarcon SPG-20B thermal interface compound is a low-viscosity thermally conductive silicone. Delivers thermal conductivity of 2.1 W/m°K and a thermal resistance ...  Read More...

CAD Design Software Releases EPD v8.2

CAD Design Software Releases EPD v8.2

EPD v8.2 includes netlist capture upgrades such as accurately capturing irregular shape component bondpads, captures clips and heatslugs in leadframes. Supports...  Read More...

LPKF Releases ProtoLaser LDI

LPKF Releases ProtoLaser LDI

ProtoLaser LDI is a high-res, table top laser direct imaging system for prototyping on resist-covered substrates. Has a software-selectable 1 or 3µm laser beam ...  Read More...

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