EW - Design Edition - Dassault IMSE Process, Zuken PCB Parts Libraries & More
Vincent Charbonneau posted on January 10, 2018 | | 2290 views

Altium Designer 18

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(Image courtesy of Altium.)
Alitum has released Designer 18, which simplifies the overall design experience with a modernized user interface that improves user commonality across design domains, making it more intuitive and accessible. In addition to the user interface, this software features an upgrade to 64-bit architecture combined with multi-threaded task optimizations, enabling users to design and release complex boards at increased speeds.

Designer 18 also includes updates to ActiveRoute, a user-guided routing engine that supports length tuning and pin-swapping, enabling users to produce reliable routes. In addition, the ACTIVEBOM editor features several enhancements including a BoM rule checker that allows designers to verify each BoM line item.

For more information, visit Altium’s website.


Cadence PCI Express 5.0 Verification IP

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(Image courtesy of Cadence.)
Cadence has announced the availability of the Verification IP (VIP) in support of the PCI Express (PCIe) 5.0 architecture. The VIP incorporates TripleCheck technology, which lets designers complete functional verification of server and storage system-on-chip (SoC) designs based on the PCIe 5.0 specification, providing them with added confidence that designs can function as originally intended.

The VIP with TripleCheck technology is part of the Cadence Verification Suite and is optimized for Xcelium Parallel Logic Simulation, along with supported third-party simulators. The PCIe 5.0 VIP supports the company’s System Design Enablement method, which helps system and semiconductor companies create complete and differentiated end products more efficiently.

Additional technical specifications are available on Cadence’s website.


Dassault IMSE Process

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(Image courtesy of Dassault.)
Dassault Systèmes and TactoTek have collaborated to allow users of the 3DEXPERIENCE platform to digitally experiment with TactoTek IMSE parts. This will enable designers and engineers from the automotive, home appliances and wearable electronics industries to accelerate the development of their next generation consumer electronic products.

TactoTek’s IMSE solutions integrate printed electronics including circuitry, touch controls and antennas, with electronic components such as LEDs for illumination, into 3D injection molded structures. IMSE parts are light and can be thinner than 2 mm. Meanwhile, electronics are protected because they are encapsulated in injection molded plastics.

Using the 3DEXPERIENCE platform as a foundation for IMSE-specific engineering processes, designers and engineers can digitally create, simulate and test the real-world behavior of IMSE parts in a collaborative 3D environment, and benefit from validated IMSE design know-how.

For more information, visit Dassault’s website.


Solido PVTMC Verifier

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(Image courtesy of Solido.)
Solido has launched its PVTMC Verifier. PVTMC Verifier uses machine learning to verify designs across the spectrum of process variation and operating conditions, allowing users to reduce their design cycle time, produce more competitive chips and prevent silicon failures.

PVTMC Verifier simulates the combinatorial space of process variation and operating conditions together, taking into account interactions between statistical variation and PVTs to ensure that the true worst-case performance conditions are identified. It is also more than 100x faster than the equivalent brute force verification, enabling full coverage of all PVT and statistical conditions.

Information concerning pricing and availability can be found on Solido’s website.


Zuken PCB Parts Libraries

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(Image courtesy of Zuken.)
Zuken has expanded its partnership with SamacSys, permitting engineers and designers to download part information, symbols, footprints and 3D models within their CR-8000 library to support their prototype or production design. This expansion means that SamacSys now supports all of Zuken’s PCB design tools with their library of free schematic and PCB symbols and footprints. These are: CR-8000 3D PCB design platform, CR-5000 single board design solution and CADSTAR desktop PCB design.

Engineers and PCB designers can access components by utilizing SamacSys’ Electronic Component Search Engine (containing more than 11 million components), click to download and import the component into the CR-8000 environment. When a component is not available within the library, SamacSys’ PCB Library Wizard allows users to create their own IPC-compliant components for download. Alternatively, SamacSys offers a free part creation service, with 80% of new parts requests fulfilled within 24 hours.

For more information, visit SamacSys’ website.


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