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Altium 365 + Altium Designer 20.1 Released Today - Work from Anywhere, Connect with Anyone
Altium 365 is the world’s only cloud platform for printed circuit board design and realization. Seamlessly accessible from Altium Designer 19 (and up), it provides the most connected experience with Altium Designer 20.1. Altium 365 and Altium Designer 20.1 - now available Altium 365 creates seamless collaboration points across the entire PCB development process, making it the most connected design experience in the industry. Altium Designer users
Level Up Your Design Skills - Altium Designer Getting Started User Guide
We are happy to announce the release of the new Altium Designer Getting Started User Guide. Whether you are new to Altium Designer or you want to brush up on some topics, the Altium Designer Getting Started User Guide will take you from a beginner to a master in PCB design. This is only the beginning! This guide will be updated with new information based on user feedback. Let’s first go over the contents of the guide.
IPC-2551 Digital Twin Standard Released
Read our brief on the new IPC-2551 standard and how digital twins might be used in the PCB industry.
Raspberry Pi Enters the World of Microcontrollers
Learn more about the new Raspberry Pi microcontroller, its specifications, and ideal applications.
The IEEE P370 Standard for High Speed PCB Interconnects
Signal integrity engineers should pay attention to the IEEE P370 standard for characterizing interconnects out to 50 GHz.
California Bets on Electric Cars and Plans to Ban Gasoline Car Sales by 2035
Governor Gavin Newsome is betting on California electric cars. Get ready for a big shift in PMIC and battery markets.
Neuromorphic Computing Chips Make Transistors Feel Obsolete
Intel’s upcoming platform for neuromorphic computing, the Loihi neuromorphic processor, reflects a broader trend in the AI hardware community, but you wouldn’t know it from looking at the packaging. The Loihi processor packs major changes to the underlying transistor architecture and uses a unique signaling method used for computation. Intel’s products and other chips from hardware startups are starting to resemble the functionality in the human
Additive PCB Manufacturing: The Vaccine for Electronics Supply Shocks?
At this time, at least a quarter of the world’s population is under quarantine, with workers unable to go to offices or factories, leading to fundamental disabling of the world economy. The electronics industry is suffering greatly as well, dealing with a supply shock from factories shutting down in Southeast Asia, to demand-side shocks from Western markets literally shutting down. Worst of all, the COVID-19 pandemic has created an enormous
Are We Poised on the Brink of a New Age?
A new material shaped like a one-dimensional DNA helix can be used to build transistors with diameters of only two nanometers.
The Moon by 2024, Mars by 2040, and Then?
It seems the chances are improving that we will one day become a true space-faring species.
Arduino Portenta H7 Brings Dev Boards to Production Grade
When I hear the name “Arduino,” I don’t usually think of production-grade hardware. I’m not talking down to the folks at Arduino, they’ve done an excellent job at invading the educational and proof-of-concept development niches, to the extent that other hardware platforms simply haven’t been able to catch up. Arduino boards are an excellent choice for low volume functional prototyping and embedded software development. But what about production
GaN MMIC Power Amplifier Market Outlook and Applications
The next smartphone you buy is likely to include a GaN MMIC power amplifier for wireless communication. What was formerly relegated to academia is now seeing fast commercialization. These developments aren’t limited to smartphones, although this is expected to account for a significant portion of the growing RF components market. High frequency radar in automotive, aerospace, and even robotics is expected to be a significant driver of further GaN
PCBs vs. Multichip Modules, Chiplets, and Silicon Interconnect Fabric
2019 saw a resurgence in talk of multichip modules, chiplets, and silicon interconnect fabric. An article in the September issue of IEEE Spectrum claimed that silicon interconnect fabric, a method for connecting chiplets on a multichip module, would eliminate PCBs and bulky SoCs for many applications, specifically motherboards. Will any of this ever come to pass? Obviously, we can’t know the future, but designers should be aware of changes in the
Getting Closer to Generating Unlimited Power with Artificial Suns
Graphical representation of a Tokamak fusion reactor (Image source: pixabay.com) Many of us spend a lot of time patting ourselves on the back and telling ourselves how clever we are as a species. We often hear claims that the total sum of human knowledge is doubling every ‘X’ years, where the value of ‘X’ depends on who you are talking to. The inventor and visionary Richard Buckminster Fuller originated the concept of the “Knowledge Doubling
Smart Tweezers are Cunningly Clever
You think you don't need smart tweezers, until you read this. The problem with engineers is that we can never have too many tools.
The Embedded Vision Alliance is No More
What is “Edge AI”? Powerful new technology had become ready for widespread use, however the companies and developers creating systems and applications are still struggling to figure out how to best incorporate it into their products.
One Step Closer to Mapping the Human Brain
Believe it or not a technology to render 3D map of a brain does exist! Read now to learn more.