19 Nov, 2014

3D Printers for Printed Circuit Boards!

Posted by John McMillan

John McMillan Technology companies have been using 3D printers for years now for everything from rapid prototypes, product development and data visualization. Models for everything from industrial electronics, to fashion jewelry to teeth have been 3D printed. Since 2005, versions of 3D printers have even become available and affordable for the serious hobbyist.  Imagine, instead of having to run to the store to buy … Read More

12 Nov, 2014

Standing Room Only @PCBCarolina 2014

Posted by John McMillan

John McMillan Raleigh, NC — The premier show for printed circuit board design and manufacturing in the Southeast, PCB Carolina Conference & Exhibition, returned to the McKimmon Center at NC State University on November 5 and what an eventful day it was! The standing-room-only keynote address was delivered by Dr. Eric Bogatin whose talk entitled “The Future of Circuit Boards in the 28 Gbps Regime: Is the … Read More

6 Nov, 2014

Jim Martens

Did you hear the news? On Tuesday, Digi-Key announced the availability of Designer Schematic and Designer Layout. These are professional design tools, based on xDX Designer and PADS Layout for engineers who need the quality of high-end PCB schematic capture and layout, but at a very affordable price. The Designer products seamlessly integrate with PartQuest, a new component research engine tied directly

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3 Nov, 2014

Danit Atar PCB design is a complicated task, partially because each design task has an effect on the outcome of the rest of the design stages. Get your ducks in a row ! Of course, you need to design your schematic, make sure you have no signal- and power-integrity issues, place your components, route your board, make sure your design can be manufactured, and so forth. But how much more complicated is it when … Read More

27 Oct, 2014

Danit Atar We all know creating and managing part libraries is not an easy task; it’s time consuming, error prone, and requires constant maintenance.  If you have ever tried using a library that you built with one design tool in a different design tool, you probably got an additional set of problems, starting from schematic parts that don’t reference the correct footprint name, to schematic parts that don’t have … Read More

22 Oct, 2014

John McMillan

If you’ve never attended the PCB Carolina electronics trade show – you have been missing out! This FREE event will be held Nov. 5th at the McKimmon Center at NC State University in Raleigh, NC. Organized by the RTP (Research Triangle Park) Chapter of the IPC Designers Council. This show offers education, networking, and a vendor exhibition presenting components, products, software, and services

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13 Oct, 2014

John McMillan Hosted by EE Journal’s Amelia Dalton, this PADS Chalk Talk series of webcasts delivers an informative and engaging  question-and-answer session with Jim Martens, PADS Product Marketing Manager on some popular PADS topics. Each webcast listed below is accompanied by a white paper that you can download now! PADS VX: Redefining Productivity: When it comes to PCB Design, the giant companies don’t … Read More

8 Oct, 2014

John McMillan In today’s competitive marketplace companies cannot afford to have PCB production delayed because of slivers, unintended copper exposed by soldermask, testpoint-to-testpoint spacing, or other issues that should be identified and solved early in layout and long before manufacturing. Catching DFM issues at the design stage is critical because, at each successive step of the production process, the cost … Read More

1 Oct, 2014

John McMillan This week I had the pleasure of  meeting and talking with engineering students along with our recruiting staff at the NC State Engineering Career Fair! This 2 day event is sponsored by the NCSU College of Engineering and is held yearly. This event draws talented engineering students from colleges all over the Carolinas and beyond. The attendance was unbelievable and the students were dressed to the … Read More

17 Sep, 2014

pads - Customer Story Series: Bella AG

Posted by John McMillan

John McMillan

“Most cattle are healthy most of the time; it’s the ones that aren’t that you need to know about.” We can never overstate the importance of cattle in our lives. Cows are not raised just for their meat, milk, and leather. The fact is, there are more products produced from cattle that are used in our everyday lives than many of us can fathom. Medical and pharmaceutical companies for example, use insulin

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10 Sep, 2014

PADS VX Roundtable

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Jim Martens

Thanks to everyone for attending the PADS VX Roundtable webinar!  If you have not viewed it, it is now available on-demand Click Here To View Now!  We had great attendance.  I personally liked this new format – it gave Mike and me the opportunity to answer your questions directly, not just delivering a PowerPoint presentation. How did you like this new format? Is it something we should do again? Please

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9 Sep, 2014

John McMillan

Hello PADS users ! For us, nothing is more important than our customers’ continued success. When we hear about the amazing PCB’s our customers are designing, we like to celebrate by sharing those stories with the world. We know every great PCB design has a great user story – and we want to help tell yours ! Email me: John_McMillan@mentor.com  to find out more ! Thanks,  John

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3 Sep, 2014

John McMillan You sent in the questions – Now lets get the answers ! Join me September 9, 2014 for our first Video Roundtable Q&A Event. I’ll be asking  the PADS Product Marketing Manager Jim Martens and Product Line Director Mike Griesbach the PADS VX questions YOU have submitted. Perhaps you’re already started using VX. Perhaps you’ve downloaded VX but have not started a new project … Read More

19 Aug, 2014

John McMillan PADS Users – Now Open for 2014! It’s time to show-off your stuff in the most prestigious contest in PCB, the Mentor Graphics Technology Leadership Awards! Submit your design today! Started in 1988, this program is the longest running competition of its kind in the EDA industry. It recognizes     YOU – the engineers and CAD designers who use Mentor’s innovative technology to address today’s … Read More

15 Aug, 2014

John McMillan Printed circuit boards are the backbone of electronics products, providing the electrical system upon which the performance, life span, and reliability of the end product depend. When designed correctly, products with high-quality circuitry have lower field failure rates and fewer field returns. As a result, products can be produced at lower cost and higher profit.  DOWNLOAD White Paper NOW How do you … Read More

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