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.

A partnership in design

Although most electronics engineers understand the principles of an AC to DC power supply (PSU) and could probably design one to work, it takes specialist knowledge and skills to fully optimise it for cost, size and performance.

A modular revolution

A quiet revolution is taking place in electronics hardware design and, as silicon integration has continued (fed by the economics of Moore’s Law), engineers are gradually moving from developing mostly at the component and circuit level to working more with board, modules and subsystems

A supply chain in flux

In the coming years, Tier 1 automotive suppliers have an enormous opportunity with the development of autonomous vehicles (AVs) but there are challenges - the whole supply chain is being disrupted by new participants and new technologies.

Keeping production on track

For semiconductor manufacturers, compound semiconductor manufacturers, raw wafer material suppliers, and R&D labs, utilising wet process cleaning equipment is critical when it comes to producing extremely reliable products.

Hardware progress

A DVCon Europe 2019 conference paper, jointly authored by Renesas and OneSpin Solutions, considered innovative chip safety analysis. In this article Jörg Grosse and Sergio Marchese discuss its findings.

Board Meeting

The stacking and direct interconnection of PCBs is becoming increasingly popular. What are the benefits of developing the boards needed for a multi-board assembly on a single CAD canvas?

Hardware progress

In today’s vehicles, according to AUDI, microelectronics enable over 80% of vehicle innovation and high-end cars may contain more than 100 electronic control units (ECUs) controlling both safety-critical and entertainment functions, as well as implementing advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS).

Faster FPGA verification

Launched in 2015, and used by about 20% of all VHDL FPGA designers, UVVM is one of the fastest growing verification methodologies in the EDA industry.

Passives’ push for circuit integration

Integrated passives have a lot going for them. They take up less space on a PCB, they simplify design and they can, with the right processes shrink circuit tolerances thanks to closer component matching. The downside is that, as with semiconductors, volume is everything.

The stretchy electronics revolution

Could the days of the hard computer chip be numbered? Covered in transistors and other semi-conducting elements, these rigid devices likewise render the devices in which they are found similarly inflexible.

Revolutionising PCB production

The method of printing PCBs has not changed for decades. In the early days of imaging circuit boards a substrate (copper laminate) was screen printed with a liquid etch resist; this was then oven cured.

Interference on the move

When Daimler set about creating a test chamber for electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) it wanted an artificial environment that would reflect the conditions its vehicle would meet on the roads of the future.

Time to break free

Are PCB designers ready for a world of printed electronics? If not, it might be prudent to start thinking about moving beyond traditional PCB design and considering how to approach this rapidly growing market.

Digital twin to go the distance

Three years ago, Toyota’s CEO declared the company would need to put autonomous vehicles through almost 9 billion miles of testing before they could be deemed safe to use on public roads.

A perfect storm

Big Data and AI are driving a new wave of technological innovation, but are the tools designers need available?

Making connections

PCB Design and Manufacturing Live opens its doors for a second year, welcoming a host of the industry’s PCB experts.

Heated conundrum

Board engineers are familiar with the trends - smaller, faster, safer. But as electronic systems become more complicated and the demands placed on them increase, creating a system that meets all this criterion is becoming more difficult to manage and deliver.

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