New Products

ORLANDO, FL – Control Micro Systems Inc. has released the latest generation of its printed circuit board laser markers, the Gen4 product line.
The Gen4 laser system is designed to mark and verify ECC200 Data Matrix symbology as well as other machine code formats, man-readable text and graphic images.
Adjustable width through-conveyor and programmable mark locations accommodate panels of virtually any size and array configuration. The Gen4 is available with a wide variety of air-cooled CO2 and solid-state lasers including the Ytterbium Fiber laser to mark almost any board substrate material and coating combination, usually without requiring a preprinted ink block.
The in-line through-conveyor laser system provides fully automated, unattended marking operation in all SMEMA-compliant assembly lines or in stand-alone work cells using automated board loaders/unloaders.

SANTA CLARA, CASigrity Inc. has enhanced its PowerSIT electrical analysis solution to enable parallel and distributed computing. Formerly required lengthy processing now can be distributed among several CPUs in a computer, or among several computers, reportedly resulting in timesavings that scales virtually linearly with the number of processors.
Sigrity's PowerSI solution, optimized for and focused on frequency-domain analysis, is said to be known for its ability to provide fast, accurate full-wave electrical analysis of leading-edge IC packages and PCBs. It claims to overcome increasingly challenging high-speed design issues in power and signal integrity analysis.

MONTREAL, Quebec, CanadaCimmetry Systems Corp. has released AutoVue 19.1 Service Pack 1 for Solaris servers 9 and 10. SP1 for AutoVue 19.1 (Unix) provides Solaris users with 2D and 3D native document visualization for AutoCAD 2007,  Autodesk Inventor 11, Mechanical Desktop 2007, Microstation V8 XM, OneSpace Designer Drafting (ME10) Version 14, Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire 3.0 and SolidWorks 2007.

AutoVue’s native document viewing enables customers, suppliers and partners to quickly view, markup, print and collaborate on original documents without undergoing costly and error prone file conversions. AutoVue also eliminates the cost and complexity of maintaining multiple client-side viewers and server-side
conversion systems.

SP1 for AutoVue 19.1 is immediately available to AutoVue customers currently under maintenance.
MARLBOROUGH, MADownStream Technologies LLC has announced the availability of BluePrint-PCB Viewer application as a free web download. BluePrint-PCB reportedly allows users to easily create a comprehensive PCB release package. According to a news release, this new initiative is designed to provide easier distribution of that critical information to a variety of audiences.

“The adoption of BluePrint-PCB as the new standard for creating comprehensive PCB documentation has been outstanding,” said Rick Almeida, one of DownStream’s founders. “By making the Viewer Application a free web download makes it even easier to integrate BluePrint into the PCB Release process.”

 BluePrint-PCB supports three free Viewers including:

• BluePrint-PCB Viewer Application (standard)

• BluePrint-PCB HTML Viewer – allows documentation packages to be exported into HTML and viewed using an Active X component inside of Microsoft Internet Explorer

• BluePrint-PCB Pack and Release Viewer – allows users to control the amount of time a document release package may be viewed by a third party

All BluePrint Viewers support the hyperlinking functions that link details to notes and callouts as well as URLs, e-mail addresses, audio, video and other electronic files. BluePrint-PCB Viewer can view and query the native CAD data that had been imported into BluePrint to create the documents. In addition, the Viewers contain a search function that scans all documents to show “all instances and “locations” of specific components, details or text strings.
ELKTON, MD W. L. Gore & Associates introduces FireWire High-Flex Round and Flat Cable Assemblies. Their ideal use is to prevent lost data or data integrity issues.
According to Gore, most FireWire cables on the market today are designed for static environments. When put in motion environments, they fail to meet the IEEE1394 electrical specifications.  Additionally, the attenuation increases significantly when these cables are flexed. FireWire High-Flex Cable Assemblies are reported to maintain stable attenuation over the flex life. They are designed to meet demands associated with motion control and vision systems.
The assemblies are said to be available with quick lead times. The following lengths are available: 2 m, 3 m, 4.5 m and 7.7 m. Gore also offers the ability to customize a FireWire cable assembly to meet specific application requirements.
SANTA CLARA, CAAgilent Technologies Inc. released the newest version of its GENESYS RF and Microwave Design software, GENESYS 2006.10.

The software’s RF system architect now supports phase noise as well as non-50-ohm impedances, sub-circuits and many sophisticated models such as mixers with spur tables and analog-to-digital converters. The HARBEC simulator is reportedly faster, better performing and more accurate than in the previous release.

GENESYS 2006.10 is also said to include faster simulations; better linear analysis; model improvements to MCURV, MIDCAP, AIRIND2, Stripline bend, MCR and Stripline tee; new ConvertToQrtrGrid script; and substrate sets in designs.

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