ROCHESTER, NYEMA Design Automation and DesignAdvance  have introduced a free Return on Investment (ROI) calculator for the CircuitSpace printed circuit board design software. The calculator helps customers easily quantify the time and cost benefits to expect using CircuitSpace.
Customers have achieved up to 5X returns (2.5 months) on their investment within the first year of using CircuitSpace. Designers reduce board layout and placement time from weeks-to-minutes through CircuitSpace’s patented AutoClustering technology, intelligent design (IP) reuse, and replication. Reductions in PCB design time have a direct impact on time-to-market for new products, which directly correlates to profitability.
“We were impressed with the productivity gains our designers could achieve with CircuitSpace,” said Bob Brady, Senior Manager of Engineering Infrastructure at RadiSys Corporation, a provider of advanced solutions for the communications networking and commercial systems markets. “We purchased CircuitSpace, and have already realized substantial savings in our design time.”
“Measuring return on investment can be a difficult task,” said Manny Marcano, President and CEO of EMA, a full-service provider of Electronic Design Automation (EDA) solutions. “The ROI calculator allows you to enter your own data and automatically calculate the time and cost benefits of CircuitSpace.”
The ROI calculator is available on the EMA website. Users enter their PCB design information by completing a short form and the calculator automatically generates a summary of the time and cost savings.

What does it take to be a successful designer or fabricator of printed circuit boards? What tools, processes and skill sets will be required to keep pace with the next generation of advanced PCBs and electronic platforms?

These are the types of questions being explored this week in Durham, NC, as designers, OEMs, fabricators and suppliers meet at the 12th annual PCB East conference and exhibition being held at the Durham Civic Center. This is the second year the event has been held at this location. Advanced registration was up versus 2006 levels at this same location, a good indication of the show’s continued draw for engineers, designers and fabricators who are looking to stay at the top of their game.

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BRUSSELSValor Computerized Systems named FlowCAD and Parallel Systems as distributors in Central and Eastern Europe, and the U.K. and Ireland, respectively.

FlowCAD, based in Germany, offers a complete design flow solution. It was founded from Cadence’s local PCB sales and support organization, and focuses on the local needs of system designers.

Parallel Systems is an EDA distributor in the U.K. and Ireland.


SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Agilent Technologies Inc. announced it will provide Agilent EDA software, support and training, totaling $13 million, to a new hub of the Georgia Electronic Design Center (GEDC) in Atlanta.

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ATLANTAUP Media Group Inc., parent company of Circuits Assembly and Printed Circuit Design & Fabrication, has issued a call for abstracts for PCB East 2008, to be held May 11-16 in suburban Chicago. Read more ...
Marlborough, MassDownStream Technologies, LLC announces the release of BluePrint for PCBs, Version 1.8 the latest of DownStream’s software solutions for document driven PCB fabrication, assembly and inspection. According to the company, this release delivers a new ODB++ based interface to Altium Designer, as well as numerous enhancements and quality improvements to increase the product’s usability and stability.
“In Version 1.8 we have added the new interface to Altium Designer,” said Rick Almeida, one of DownStream’s Founders. “This now means BluePrint for PCBs has interfaces to all the major PCB CAD systems and completes our strategy of ensuring complete market reach,” he added.  Version 1.8 also extends DownStream’s concept of “rolling releases” by which the company provides its customers a continuous stream of enhancements and improvements.

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