SAN JOSE -- Cadence Design Systems reported second-quarter revenue of $391 million, up 9% from 2006. For the quarter, the company's net income was $60 million, up 100% over last year. Read more ...
NASHUA, NHSedona International, provider of specialized engineering services, has posted revenues in excess of $3 million for 2006, completing the company’s first full year of operations.
 
In addition to core subject matter experts, Sedona International Partners remain key to the company’s success, permitting customer engagement that provides an alternative to sending engineering and design projects offshore, explains the company. Sedona says it will continue to qualify new SIPs to expand its offering of engineering and design experts.
 
Sedona assisted more than 50 clients across the U.S. and Canada to bring products to the computing, audio, telecom, defense, and industrial marketplaces in the past year.
MONTREALCimmetry Systems, a subsidiary of Agile Software Corporation, which was recently acquired by Oracle Corporation, today announced the immediate availability of AutoVue v.19.2. This new EDA centric product offering addresses the requirements of Printed Circuit Board design and contract manufacturing. Several industry leading Electronics and High Tech companies worked in close collaboration with Cimmetry Systems to drive AutoVue’s EDA capability in release 19.2.

"At Harris we work with a variety of high level design tools and require a way to view and collaborate on these documents both internally and externally with our customers and partners. Cimmetry understands our needs, and is working closely with our team to deliver an enterprise visualization solution that will serve the specific requirements of all companies involved in EDA," explains Charlie Davies, Principal ECAE Application Engineer, Harris Corporation, Government Communications Systems Division. "AutoVue 19.2 is a major advancement for viewing, reviewing and collaborating on EDA files, and we are confident it will deliver significant improvements across our enterprise."

ROCHESTER, NY – EDA software provider EMA Design Automation has struck a deal to offer Perception Software’s SymXpert PCB schematic tool.
 
As large-pin-count components are more frequently used in PCB designs, the creation of schematic symbols for new parts has become increasingly time-consuming and error-prone, the company says.
 
SymXpert is said to automate the symbol creation process by eliminating manual data entry and simplifying pin data verification. It includes intelligent content extraction; data validation; rule-based graphics and pin arrangement, and template-driven generation.

ATLANTA – A new Excel spreadsheet tool aids users in determining the best surface finish for a particular design. The tool was created by Bob Lazarra, former designer and now vice president of business development for PWB fabricator CircuitConnect.

Lazarra, who calls the tool SurfaceCalc, explains his motivation: “I’m often asked by frustrated assemblers, ‘What's the best Pb-free surface finish for me?’ By the time I go through the laundry list of variables, influences and exceptions, I feel more like a defense attorney and less like their go-to guy for tech support. So I created a spreadsheet surface finish calculator that empowers assemblers to make their own decisions.”

SurfaceCalc compares five popular Pb-free surface finishes (ENIG, HAL, OSP, immersion silver and immersion tin) with 17 factors affecting overall surface finish performance (including cost). Default scores and factors are based on 35 related research reports presented at the 2006 SMTA International conference. Scores are user addressable, and factors are user selectable, with a provision to add an additional three factors. Users can select which of the factors to include, and can change default scores assigned to each finish.

SurfaceCalc produces both statistical and graphical comparisons. Lazarra, who makes the tool available for free (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), plans to update it annually.

ATLANTAIntercept Technology, provider of advanced PCB/Hybrid/RF electrical engineering tools, and SiSoft, provider of integrated signal integrity and timing solutions for high-speed digital system design, announced the integration of Intercept’s Pantheon with SiSoft’s Quantum-SI.
 
The integration of Pantheon and Quantum-SI software provides a tool set for advanced SI analysis coupled with PCB layout.

Intercept’s PCB/Hybrid/RF layout application, Pantheon, is available on Sun Solaris, Linux, and Windows platforms; SiSoft's Quantum-SI is available in multiple configurations.

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