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36 The PCB Design Magazine • December 2015 Improving PCB Design with Advanced Circuits' PCB Artist Advanced Circuits' free PCB layout software PCB Artist has become a favorite not only with engineering stu- dents but also advanced en- gineers due to its easy sche- matic-to-PCB layout, Gerber format, autorouter, and extensive library of over 500,000 parts. Pulsonix 8.5 Build 5902 is Released WestDev ltd. has released the lat- est version of Pulsonix 8.5, Build 5902. This maintenance update is issued as part of our on-going pro- cess of product improvement and response to customer feedback. In addition to bug fixes, the latest release contains several additions to the Report Maker function. Exception PCB Solutions Design Service Boosts CID+ Qualifications Heading up the design service is Neil Day, who has completed the IPC PCB Designer Certification Pro- gram and became qualified as an Advanced Certified Interconnect Designer (CID+). In addition, Tech- nical Support Manager Paul Beech has completed the IPC CID training course and attained CID cer- tification. Polar Instruments Launches New Language Versions of The Speedstack PCB Layer Stackup Design System Polar Instruments has launched new language versions of Speed- stack, the industry's best-selling PCB layer stackup design system. In addition to english, Speedstack is now available in German, Japa- nese, simplified Chinese and traditional Chinese versions. Speedstack allows PCB fabricators to fine- tune the stackup design by assessing the impact of different PCB materials on cost, performance and manufacturing yield. Engineer Steve Weir Has Passed Away Steve was a power and signal integ- rity guru with a variety of patents to his name. A fixture of DesignCon and a constant presence on the SI- list signal integrity forum, Steve wrote over a dozen papers on pow- er integrity. He also had a crazy, irreverent sense of humor that you don't find among most engineers. He will be missed. Mentor Graphics Launches New HyperLynx SI/PI Product Mentor Graphics Corporation has announced its newest ver- sion of the Hyperlynx Signal Integrity/Power Integrity (SI/ PI) tool for high-speed printed circuit board (PCB) designs. Hyperlynx addresses high-speed systems design problems throughout the design flow—starting at the earliest architec- tural stages through post-layout verification. EMA and Arena Solutions Form Strategic Alliance The orCAD and Arena integration provides a num- ber of benefits for organizations using both sys- tems. Components from the enterprise PlM sys- tem are available directly within the orCAD Cap- ture CIS design environment making search, selec- tion, and placement very simple. Parts listed as obsolete in the PlM system can be easily identified and swapped out in an orCAD design. Sunstone Circuits Chooses InSight PCB Software for Pre-CAM and Sales Sunstone Circuits has purchased or- botech's InSight PCB pre-sales and pre-engineering software. InSight PCB is a web-based tool for man- aging and assessing incoming cus- tomer PCB data for salespeople and engineers who are not CAM experts. From automat- ically retrieving comprehensive product information to generating precise summary reports, InSight PCB empowers sales and engineering people to work more independently, efficiently and profitably. 36 The PCB Design Magazine • December 2015

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