The Week In Review: Design


Tools Mentor Graphics unveiled a new version of its PCB design platform, even going so far as to rename it slightly (Expedition to Xpedition). Mentor claims it’s the most significant product in that space in years, bridging the environments between designers and engineers. Included are placement planning in densely packed boards, which simplifies re-use and improves time to market, and elect... » read more

The Week In Review: Design


Tools Cadence rolled out a new verification planning and management tool that is based on SQL, which greatly improves functionality and performance and offers multi-user, multi-engine and multi-analysis capabilities. Database technology—in this case, Structured Query Language—remains one of the very few software platforms that can harness multiple processors effectively. Synopsys unveil... » read more

Power Forces Changes In Portable Audio Design


By Pallab Chatterjee Power is becoming an overriding issue in the analog world, and nowhere was this more apparent than at the recent NAMM show. The annual show, which is run by the National Association of Music Merchants, featured mostly iOS applications and higher-performance hardware plug-ins, although Android development is starting show up. The recent releases of Android support the ... » read more