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68 The PCB Design Magazine • December 2016 1 Siemens to Acquire Mentor Graphics for $4.5B Siemens and Mentor Graphics have en- tered into a merger agreement under which Siemens will acquire Mentor for $37.25 per share in cash, which repre- sents an enterprise value of $4.5 billion. Mentor shareholder Elliott Management has committed to support the transaction. 2 Barry Hurley, PCB Designer and Porch Dawg Guitarist, Dies at 57 Barry Hurley, a longtime PCB designer, instruc- tor, and guitarist with the Porch Dawgs, passed away in Bonham, Texas on November 12. He was 57. Barry was a great de- signer and a serious gui- tar player and collector. We'll miss him. 3 DownStream Technologies: Building the Interface Between Designers and Fabricators DownStream Technologies founder Rick Almeida speaks with Editor Pete Starkey at the recent electronica show in Munich, Germany. He discusses DownStream's ef- forts to build an interface between PCB designers and fabricators. 4 CAT's David Wolf on Via Reliability Analysis Conductor Analysis Technologies has been analyzing test panels and coupon designs for over 20 years. In this e-mail interview, Vice President of Technical Marketing David Wolf discusses some of the trends he's seeing in via structures, and the common reli- ability and quality issues related to vias. TOP TEN Recent Highlights from PCBDesign007

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