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May 2015 • The PCB Design Magazine 65 5 Mentor Graphics Restructures Workforce to Focus on Strategic Priorities approximately 110 north american Mentor Graphics employees have elected to participate in a voluntary early retirement program. CeO Walden C. rhines said, "These restructuring activities will enable Mentor to focus personnel and resources on priority opportunities and regions of the world, deliver long-term growth and build shareholder value." 6 EDA Consortium: Record Q4 Industry Revenue, but PCB Drops The eDa Consortium (eDaC) Market statistics ser- vice (Mss) has announced that eDa industry reve- nue increased 11.9% for Q4 2014 to a record $2.1 billion, compared to $1.88 billion in Q4 2013. But PCB/MCM revenue dropped 7.6% from the same year-ago period. 7 Quadra Solutions Named Sole uk Training Provider of IPC CID Courses Quadra solutions have this month been named as the sole uK provider of the Certified Interconnect Designer (CID) training course. The qualification, accredited by IPC, is to be delivered by Quadra's highly skilled and experienced trainers at their spe- cialist training facility in lancashire. 8 Improving PCB Design with Advanced Circuits' PCB Artist advanced Circuits' free PCB layout software PCB artist has become a favorite not only with engi- neering students but also advanced engineers due to its easy schematic-to-PCB layout, Gerber format, autorouter, and extensive library of over 500,000 parts. 9 EIPC to Hold 2015 Summer Conference in Berlin eIPC will hold its 2015 summer Conference in Berlin, Germany, on June 18-19. speakers include eIPC Chairman alun Morgan, who will present a market outlook, followed by such luminaries as Dr. Ivan ndip, lars Böttcher and Dr. Olaf Wittler, all from Fraunhofer IzM; Walter huck from IeC; Martyn Gaudion of Polar Instruments; and speak - ers from aT&s, Thales, Cimulec, atotech, Taiyo, Camtek, First eIe, Du Pont and Cambridge nano- therm. J Sparton Acquires Hunter Technology Corporation sparton Corporation has completed a merger with hunter Technology Corporation, a provider of PCB design and assembly services, in a $55 mil- lion all-cash transaction. "We are looking forward to combining forces with sparton and taking the next step in the evolution of hunter Technology," said Joe O'neil, President of hunter Technology. for the latest circuit design news and information —anywhere, anytime. May 2015 • The PCB Design Magazine 65

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