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72 The PCB Design Magazine • November 2015 1 Insulectro Hosts Silicon valley Designers Council Meeting on october 15, about 25 people gathered for the iPC Designers Council Silicon valley Chapter meeting at insulectro's facility in Mountain view, California. The 1.5-hour meeting opened with a warm welcome from Chapter President Bob Mc- Creight, CiD, a PCBA designer at Tesla Motors, and Jason Marsh, vP of product management at insulectro. 2 Mentor Graphics Enhances PADS 3D Tool Capabilities Mentor Graphics Corporation today announced new PADS 3D tool capabilities plus major usability enhancements to the PADS flow for printed circuit board (PCB) design. The new technology provides visualization, placement, and design rule checking in 3D, minimizing iterations with mechanical and manufacturing teams. 3 The Shaughnessy Report: Squeezing Seconds Out of the Design Cycle it's almost that bad, isn't it? When you're design- ing a board, time is always your enemy. Your dead- line is around the corner, and you can't be late. (You're going to catch the blame anyway, even if it's not your fault.) So you constantly look for ways to shorten your design cycle, even if it means squeezing out a few seconds here and there. 4 New version of valor Process Preparation Connects Lean NPI Flow with Industry 4.0 This release of the valor Process Preparation prod- uct includes enhanced support for rapid test pro- gramming, including the ability to intelligently link schematic, PCB layout and bill of materials (BoM) data. Simply selecting a track on the PCB layout immediately shows the node in the corresponding schematic diagram from design, and vice-versa. Top TeN Recent Highlights from PCBDesign007 72 The PCB Design Magazine • November 2015

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