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.

Infineon’s µHVIC range for flexible PCB layouts

Infineon Technologies has expanded its µHVIC range of integrated circuits (ICs) for high and low voltage. The single channel low-side drivers IR44252L, IR44272L, and IR44273L are claimed to enable robust and cost effective design solutions. The range is said to utilise Infineon’s high voltage junction isolation technology to execute multiple functions and integrate protection features. The driver ICs are available in a 5-lead SOT23 and are compatible with other µHVIC parts.

Analogue front end reference design

As high resolution systems move to higher bit counts, they become more sensitive to noise, making such systems difficult to build and maintain accuracy. Looking to overcome the challenges, Maxim Integrated has launched the MAXREFDES67, a 24bit analogue front end reference design that can accept four signals.

Improved performance and efficiency

ARBOR Technology has released the ITX-i89H0, a Mini-ITX industrial motherboard based on the Intel CM236 Platform Control Hub and soldered onboard Intel Xeon E3-1505L v5 processor, manufactured on 14nm process technology with 2nd Generation 3-D Tri-Gate transistors.

Simplifying GaN transistor circuit design

GaN Systems has announced its GS66508T-EVBHB Half-Bridge Evaluation Board which demonstrates the performance of its GaN enhancement mode power semiconductors in real power circuits. The GS66508T-EVBHB Eval Board can be configured into any half bridge-based topology.

Motherboard for mass market applications

An industrial grade ATX format motherboard from Advantech features the 4th generation Intel Core processor. The SIMB-A31 is said to offer designers a cost effective solution for mass market applications.

Advanced low profile heatsinks

Versarien has introduced a series of low profile heatsinks utilising VersarienCu proprietary microporous copper technology to deliver thermal performance for passive implementations by increasing its surface area.

Stackable FPGA solution

The EMC2-7A board, from Sundance, can be used with commercial, industrial or automotive graded Artix-7 FPGAs and features 1Gbyte of DDR3 local storage, 32Mbyte of flash for storage/configurations and has 68x free differential I/O pins routed to a VITA57.1 FMC-LPC high-speed connector.

Pool production of Flexible PCBs

Beta LAYOUT has introduced a manufacturing service which offers the production of prototype Flexible PCBs using the PCB-POOL method. Numerous different PCB designs are combined and orders are manufactured together, which is said to help reduce the overall cost and eliminate expensive tooling charges.

Extension to PCB design tool

Altium has released MCAD Co-Designer: Solidworks, an extension for Altium Designer that provides integrated design data and a managed design revision environment between electrical and mechanical design teams working in Altium Designer and Solidworks respectively.

Evaluation board strengthens support for software-defined sensor

Melexis has introduced an evaluation board (EVB) to strengthen the support available for its MLX90393 programmable magnetic sensor IC. The MLX90393 EVB offers engineers a platform for constructing a wide variety of human machine interfaces and has the potential to support more sophisticated designs such as complex 3D sensing systems, such as joysticks or rotary knobs with push functions included.

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