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Posted on Jul 31, 2018
Rigid- Flex boards result in increasing complex designs and constraints. Many constraints need to be considered that are not necessary in standard PCB designs. These Design Rules can be difficult to manage and check in a Rigid-Flex design, especially in transition zones where constraints are layer specific and different for the flex and rigid parts of the design. Manual checking of these zones can result in oversights and design errors. Dynamic Zone DRC Checking can help you manufacture with confidence by automating this process. Now, you can define and manage zones in the PCB. With Dynamic Zone DRC, any zone or inter-layer errors are flagged with a DRC marker. Check transition zones for via and routing constraints. Ensure cover lay openings and gold masks are aligned for proper conductivity.
Posted on Jul 31, 2018
Design Rules can be difficult to manage in Rigid-Flex designs, especially in transition zones due to different rules for flex and rigid areas and layer specific constraints. With increased design complexity, manually checking Rigid-Flex designs can be time consuming and result in an oversight. However, by assigning layer-based constraints, this process can be automated. OrCAD helps you do this with Inter-Layer DRC Checks. OrCAD allows you to set separate rules for both a flex and rigid design. Simply select the subclass layers that will be checked against one another. Assign and define the rule and let OrCAD PCB Designer automatically check the design—any errors are flagged with a DRC marker for your review. Eliminate the need for error-prone, time-consuming, manual checks of your Rigid-Flex Design with OrCAD PCB Designer and manufacture your design with confidence.
Posted on Jul 31, 2018
When working with different manufacturers, it can be difficult to keep track of the specific minimum tolerances for production. Incorrect values can lead to manufacturing errors such as the creation of slivers and islands, solder bridges, acid traps and more. Depending on the severity, manufacturing can come to a halt, causing lengthy delays in your design process while these issues are resolved or a costly design re-spin is completed. However, by checking for the correct tolerances in your design, you can streamline production. OrCAD helps you do this with the ability to import design constraints. Easily manage the specifications for multiple board houses by importing a saved constraint file. All the constraints for the fabrication house are automatically populated in the constraint manager and DRC markers flag any errors on the board. By importing saved constraint files, you can save time and ensure manufacturing specifications are met; thus, resulting in a reduction of DFM issues and a streamlined manufacturing process.
Posted on Jul 31, 2018
Manually adding test points can be a lengthy process and can cause errors in your design. Fabrication and Assembly houses may have specific requirements for testpoint to testpoint spacing and testpoint to component spacing. Not meeting these specifications could result in a delay in production until issues are resolved. However, by automating this process, you can ensure no shorts or opens were created in the assembly and adhere to strict fabrication requirements. Automatic Test Point Creation within OrCAD can help. First define the constraints then, set the parameters and automatically generate the testpoints with the click of a button. Easily communicate your design by creating the test point fixture and exporting a drill file.
Posted on Mar 13, 2018
Viral photographer Benjamin Von Wong recently partnered with Dell to create a gorgeous photo series emphasizing the importance of recycling everyday e-waste.
Posted on May 8, 2017
For those that are new to this series, Arrow has recently teamed up with Cadence to provide integrated design tools to engineers, creating an accelerated path for new product development and the ability to bring products to market faster and cheaper. In addition to the collaboration with Cadence, Arrow has also partnered with INDIEGOGO, a website where startups and entrepreneurs can receive funding from the public for their products. With the formation of these powerhouse partnerships, we decided to feature startups and small tech companies within INDIEGOGO on our blog each month.
Posted on Mar 27, 2017
Creating various diagram styles within in TimingDesigner to support company-specific formats.
Posted on Mar 27, 2017
Sigrity Integration with TimingDesigner
Posted on Mar 27, 2017
Drawing Basic Timing diagrams. (part 2 of a 3 part series).
Posted on Mar 23, 2017
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