EDA / PCB Design

The world of electronic design automation is broad, covering everything from the simplest PCB to the most complex custom device. But without such tools, designers would be unable to create innovative consumer and industrial products.

In this section, New Electronics provides technical insight on the latest PCB design packages, as well as on the design tools essential to the creation of devices such as FPGAs and ASICs.

Custom boards for universal use

Sophisticated image processing systems are becoming an increasingly indispensible part of quality control on automated filling and packaging lines that require zero failure tolerance.

Multicore processing for embedded systems

Dual cores have been around for some time in several application spaces. In order to deliver the kind of performance predicted by Moore in the 1960s this appears today to be the only direction to go. They bring with them significant challenges and problems but also some major advantages and benefits. There are two basic software paradigms in the market today AMP and SMP. In SMP the burden of task allocation lies on the OS but in AMP this allocation is done by the software engineer at the outset of the project. The SH7205 is the latest SuperH device from Renesas containing two SH2A cores and provides a new solution to an old problem by boosting the performance available in the embedded space.

Sum of the parts

Don’t get a complex; software is set to make system design and test much easier. By Mike Richardson.

All change please!

The last decade has seen profound changes in the way design engineers work. What does the future hold? By Vanessa Knivett.

Cool running

How thermal simulation can reduce ic cost by comparing flip chip/wire bond thermal performance. By Mark Patterson.

Getting plastered

EDA tools have helped to bring to fruition a mixed signal chip targeted at a ‘digital plaster’ application. By Vanessa Knivett.

Getting up to speed

It’s more than just a race against time when it comes to getting new product introductions to market quickly. By Mike Richardson.

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