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.

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.

ITX format board is ‘ideal base’ for scalable system

A compact embedded computing platform from Adlink features 6th generation Intel Core i7/i5/i3 processors and Intel’s Q170/H110 chipsets. According to the supplier, the AmITX-SL-G is a space saving, entry level embedded board with higher processing speeds and faster graphics rendering. The board can also support up to 32Gbyte of dual channel non ECC DDR4 memory at 1867MHz.

Libero SoC v11.7 increases security, usability and efficiency for FPGA designs

Microsemi has released version 11.7 of its Libero system-on-chip (SoC), a suite of FPGA design tools used with the company’s FPGA products. The release includes a number of new features to enhance ease-of-use and efficiency for designers, as well as security and evaluation tools, for its RTG4 FPGAs, SmartFusion2 SoC FPGAs and IGLOO2 FPGAs, speeding time to market for designers.

Mini-ITX board features quadcore AMD G-series SoC

Fujitsu has expanded its Mini-ITX board family with the D3313-S6, which features the quadcore AMD G-Series SoC running at 2.4GHz. According to the company, the board is suitable for use in areas such as digital signage and medical technology.

SoM features UltraScale MPSoC

The TE0808 UltraSoM+ from Trenz Electronic is an industrial grade system on module said to deliver the performance required by next generation embedded systems.

DFT extension for Altium Designer

Boundary scan technology specialist XJTAG has announced the DFT Assistant for Altium Designer, a free software extension said to increase the design for test (DFT) capabilities of the PCB design system.

SBC for ‘demanding’ applications

Designed for demanding high performance embedded computing applications, a rugged 3U VPX single board computer from Abaco Systems features devices from Intel’s Xeon Processor D-1500 family. According to the supplier, the SBC347D will be available in versions that offer support up to 16 cores.

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