DownStream Technologies releases BluPrint, PCB industry's first automated documentation tool.
Caneberra Technologies launches Numerical Innovations.
Zuken acquires CIM-Team, a German CAE developer.
Design Solutions Inc. (DSI) acquires EMS firm Paradigm Manufacturing Partners.
The University of Applied Sciences Potsdam creates the Fritzing open-source PCB design software initiative.
Ansys acquires Ansoft.
Mania and Barco bought by ESO Capital Group and renamed Ucamco.
Mentor Graphics acquires Flomerics Group for about $60 million.
Valor discontinues ODB++(X).
ProSTEP MCAD-ECAD interface introduced; Mentor Graphics and PTC become first to implement it.
STEP AP210 revises data transfer format.
Valor obtains assets of PCB Matrix Corp.
After being fined for stealing a former customer's trade secrets, Design Solutions changes name to Solutions Group Inc.
Premier Farnell acquires CadSoft Computer.
EMA Design Automation acquires Design Advance.
PCB/MCM software sales $519.8 million; overall EDA software sales $5.30 billion.
PCB/MCM software sales $565.3 million; overall EDA software sales $6.124 billion.
Carl Icahn becomes Mentor's leading shareholder; insists on changes including possible sale/breakup of company.
UP Media Group acquires Bogatin Enterprises; launches Printed Circuit University, first Web-based PCB design curriculum.
Natasha Baker (ex Analog Devices and National Instruments) founds SnapEDA.
Cadence acquires Sigrity, a developer of power and IC PCB software.
ProSTEP iViP Association develops IDX, a data exchange format for ECAD/MCAD design collaboration.
Tom Hausherr and Nick Ban re-form PCB Libraries.
Altium fires founder Nick Martin, names Kayvan Oboudiyat CEO.
Alan Finch, Dr. Howard Johnson, Richard Nedbal and Charles Pfeil inducted to the Dieter W. Bergman PCB Design Hall of Fame.
DownStream Technologies launches FabStream PCB Design tool.
Mentor Graphics acquires SofTech's CADRA line of mechanical design software.
Zuken announces plans for a major R&D site in Milpitas, CA.
Ousted Altium founder Nick Martin ceases to be a significant shareholder in the company.
Altium names Aram Mirkazemi chief executive.
Altium relocates PCB design R&D and top management to the US.
Mentor Graphics names A.J. Incorvaia (right, top) vice president and general manager of its Board Systems Division.
Henry Potts, vice president of Mentor's PCB Design Group, joins Altium as senior vice president.
NI acquires Beecube, developer of FPGA prototyping products.
EDA Consortium rebrands itself the Electronic System Design (ESD) Alliance.
Ansys names Ajei Gopal CEO, replacing Jim Cashman.
NI promotes Alex Davern to CEO, superseding cofounder James Truchard.
Dassault Systems acquires CST - Computer Simulation Technology.
Altium acquires Transfer BV.
Siemens completes Mentor Graphics acquisition.
Dick Finigan, the former chairman and CEO of Pads Software, passed away.
Robert (Bob) Gardner, former director of the EDA Consortium (EDAC) trade group and director at Verific Design Automation, passed away.
Dassault Systèmes has signed an agreement to acquire the Elecworks electrical and automation design software product line from Trace Software.
Altair acquires of EDA software developer Polliwog Co.