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May 2016 • The PCB Design Magazine 71 5 Beyond Design: The Need for Speed—Strategies for Design Efficiency Years of experience with one EDA tool obviously develops efficiency, whether the tool be high-end feature-packed or basic entry-level. Howev- er, there comes a time, with the fast development pace of technology, that one should really consider a change for the better to incorporate the latest methodologies. This month, Barry Olney will look at productivity issues that im- pede the PCB design process. 6 Accelerated Designs Adds Library Support for Zuken's CR-8000 and CR-5000 Zuken's CR-8000 and CR- 5000PCB design platforms will now offer users access to more than 7 million sym- bols, footprints and 3D STEP models from Accelerated Designs. "We are looking forward to a successful partnership with Zuken supporting their CR-8000 and CR-5000 design platforms," says Frank Frank, CEO of Accelerated Designs. 7 Cadence Expands OrCAD to Address Flex and Rigid-Flex Challenges Cadence Design Systems, Inc. announced the Or- CAD 17.2-2016 release with new capabilities for OrCAD Capture, PSpice Designer and PCB De- signer that address challenges with flex and rig- id-flex design as well as mixed-signal simulation complexities in IoT, wearables and wireless mobile devices. This latest release reduces PCB develop- ment time by addressing the need to design reli- able circuits for smaller, more compact devices. 8 Designers Notebook: Flexible and Rigid-Flex Circuit Design Principles, Part 5 The outline profile of the flexible circuit is seldom uniform. It may have portions that maintain a uni- form profile, but one of the pri- mary advantages of the flexible design is that the outline can be sculpted to fit into very oblique shapes. Vern Solberg explains. 9 Wild River: Simplifying SI so Engineers Can Focus on Design Al Neves is founder and chief technologist of Wild River Tech- nology, and he's a signal integ- rity engineer who likes to tell it like it is. So when I bumped into Al during DesignCon, I asked him to sit down for an interview. We discussed the paper he co-wrote for DesignCon and the chal- lenges SI engineers are facing, as well as Wild River's efforts to take the black magic out of signal integrity. J DownStream's and Combine Resources to Launch Two leading online resources targeted to the elec- tronic engineering professional and enthusiast combined resources today and launched Solo- The new resource brings together the assets of DownStream Technologies' DIY Maker initiative and to create a community-based portal where users can find electronic design tools, resources, project tu- torials and knowledge to create PCB-based elec- tronics. for the latest circuit design news and information—anywhere, anytime.

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