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.

Time-of-Flight 3D vision solution

A time-of-flight (ToF) chipset and development kit from Melexis is said to enable simple, modular and future proof design of 3D vision solutions. Previously available only as part of a development system, the chipset is now available to designers everywhere.

TE expands DEUTSCH 369 product line

TE Connectivity (TE) is expanding its DEUTSCH 369 series connector range to include two new versions, enabling integration directly to the printed circuit board. Applications include commercial aircraft interiors, helicopter and rail lighting.

Omron widens SM photo-microsensor range

Omron Electronic Components Europe has extended its surface mount photo-microsensor range with a new 5mm slot width type, increasing the range of applications in office equipment, consumer electronics, ATM, vending machines and industrial control systems in which this device can be applied.

A more productive approach to creating initial design architectures

A new approach to creating initial design architectures, increasing engineering productivity and reducing risk in product development is catching the attention of system architects, lead electrical engineers and system engineers. Find out more in Zuken’s Technical White Paper: “End-to-end hardware architecture design and validation”.

Arduino-based liquid level sensing hardware

SST Sensing has partnered with Sparkfun to develop a simple to implement solution for single point liquid detection using infrared technology. The solution comprises an Optomax Digital liquid level switch which is connected to an Arduino board via the TTL output and powered by a 5V source.

Eagle SBCs and carrier boards for ARM COMs

A family of compact, rugged ARM single-board computers and carrier boards has been unveiled by Diamond Systems. The Eagle/Eaglet family is designed to work with the Toradex Apalis family of ARM computer-on-modules (COMs).

SBC based on Intel Skylake H Series processor

The LE-37I from BVM is a high performance 3.5in Miniboard-format single board computer designed for embedded applications such as gaming, surveillance, medical, defence, signage, transportation and industrial automation.

Modules feature Intel processors

Five modules based on Intel’s latest processor technology have been launched by Avnet Embedded. Manufactured by MSC Technologies, the modules will feature Atom, Pentium and Celeron processors in two COM Express format (Compact Type 6 and Mini Type 10), one Qseven module and two SMARC products.

Kintex based board added to PC/104 format family

Sundance Multiprocessor Technology has added the EMC2-KU35 to its EMC2 family of embedded boards. Featuring a Xilinx Kintex UltraScale FPGA, the KU-35 boasts a VITA57.1 FMC LPC connector, which the company says offers ‘extra possibilities and expansion options’.

SimpleLink Wi-Fi modules simplify IoT connectivity

Murata has announced a series of two 2.4GHz IEEE802.11 b/g/n compliant wireless modules based around the TI CC3200 and TI CC3100 SimpleLink chipsets. These miniature modules, measuring 13.2 x 21.45 x 2.65mm are claimed to ease incorporating wireless internet connectivity to a host of embedded applications and especially internet of things (IoT) designs.

PCB package moves to v16.1

Altium has updated its PCB design platform to version 16.1. The update is said to add features that enhance design documentation and high speed design workflows.

New 3D MID prototyping service

Beta LAYOUT, a PCB-POOL services specialist, is now using 3D printing to produce prototype plastic circuit carriers, which can then be coated with a special varnish.

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