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September 29, 2014

Heat becomes design assist for power supply layout

To make a high-efficiency power supply XP Power used heat as an additional design variable with an architecture that turns conventional wisdom over one aspect of component reliability on its head.
September 17, 2014

Web tool simplifies PCB-level clock-tree choices

Silicon Labs has developed a new type of parametric search tool that focuses on the selection of clock generators and jitter attenuators, making it easier to match them and downstream devices to the SoCs being designed into a PCB.
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August 13, 2014

Thermal limits challenge Hot Chips power pair

Two of the custom designs presented at the 26th Hot Chips in Cupertino exemplified the problems caused by increasing power density and the benefits of looking at heat removal at the system level.
August 8, 2014

Custom instrumentation helps build models for more advanced RF amplifiers

High peak-to-average ratios inherent in 4G/5G modulation schemes are driving the circuitry controlling RF PAs to become more modeling-oriented.
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August 7, 2014

Millimeter-wave 5G research instrument hits 1GHz throughput

Nokia Siemens Networks has built an instrument able to handle bandwidths up 1GHz to investigate the use of milllimeter-band radio for 5G communications.
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August 6, 2014

NI moves Spice to FPGA for faster simulations

National Instruments has developed a kernel for Spice analog simulations that can be downloaded for faster performance on the FPGAs inside CompactRIO hardware.
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July 24, 2014

Data and documentation focus for Orcad PCB additions

Cadence Design Systems has made three additions to its OrCAD line of PCB tools, largely aimed at data management and organization for projects.
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July 23, 2014

Mentor’s latest for Xpedition PCB upgrades the ante in data transfer

New data transfer standard challenges IPC-2581 and extends Mentor's own ODB++.
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June 25, 2014

Don’t just whine – it’s time for you to help shape DAC 2015

Any conference can only be as good as the feedback it gets. And next year's DAC team is actively looking for yours. It'll be worth your time.
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May 22, 2014

Mentor seeks component data in PCB design tie-up with Digi-Key

Digi-Key is to sell software developed by Mentor Graphics intended to widen access to PCB design and ease access to vital parts data.
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