Looks at the example of PADS Software Inc. in its implementation of interconnect solutions for printed circuit board (PCB) layout cycle in the 21st century. Virtual prototyping; Component information systems; Interconnect layout; Fabrication software; Assembly optimization; Test fixture design; Assembly repair.
Features the VeriLogger Pro software verification environment developed by SynaptiCAD Inc. in Virginia. Product pricing; Support of the software verification environment for hardware prototyping; Relevance of the verification environment on application specific integrated circuit designers.
TIME to market (New products) and APPLICATION-specific integrated circuits
Presents several fast time to market strategies for application specific integrated circuits. Development of verification tools at higher levels of abstraction; Co-verification of hardware and software designs; Advancement of prototyping tools.
COMPUTER systems, INTEGRATED circuits, and DIGITAL signal processing
Report developments related to the electronic industries in California as of June 1999. Introduction of a prototyping and debugging computer system from Waterscale Integration Inc.; Launch of programmable system-on-chip solutions by Altera Corp.; Expansion of the digital signal processing solutions of Xilinx Inc.
COMPUTER engineering equipment and INTEL 8051 (Microcontroller)
Features Waferscale Integration Inc.'s development kit for designers of Intel 8051 MCU-based systems with external memory and logic provided by WSI's EasyFlash integrated circuits. Components; Key specifications; Functions.
Focuses on the EasyFLASH-68HC11 engineering prototype development and debugging kit from Waterscale Integration. Components comprising the kit; Daughterboard of the product populated with 100% in-system programmable PSD813F1.
Features Santa Clara, California-based electronic component manufacturer Emulation Technology, Inc. Offering of electronic commerce through its web site; Offering of production test adapters; Ease of adapting standard or high-density prototyping boards through the use of its Adapt-A-Board.
COMPUTER input-output equipment and COMPUTER simulation
Comments on techniques in combining hardware and computer simulation testing with virtual prototyping approaches. Factors to consider in verifying hardware; Comparison of simulations; Determination of PG stimulus generation.
Focuses on the importance of prototyping or product sampling in business. Determination of application feasibility; Use of prototyping to promote customer and supplier interaction; Benefit of design improvement.
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NEW product development and TECHNOLOGICAL innovations
Discusses the benefits of collaborative product innovation development. Aspects of functional prototyping; Enabling of engineers, managers and executives to work together to deliver the best product with the greatest efficiency.
Recommends the use of switched-PCI architectures to increase performance and scalability while maintaining compatibility with existing PCI hardware and software. Features of switched-PCI architecture; Means for prototyping switched-PCI.
COMPUTER software, PROTOTYPES, and FIELD programmable gate arrays
Presents ways on how to convert field programmable gate arrays (FPGA) designs to an ASIC with a different set of constraints. Features available only in the ASIC; Functions of FPGA as prototyping vehicle.
COMMERCIAL products, ELECTRONIC industries, and SWITCHING power supplies
Features several product components for boards and modules of electronic devices in the U.S. as of November 2003. Availability of Elma Electronic Inc.'s Compact Packet Switching Backplane chassis in two compliant sizes; Development of a Scada interface-compatible control indicator module by Electroswitch Corp.; Introduction of a quad power personal computer board that doubles bandwidth by Dy 4 Systems; Bellin Dynamic Systems' adapter board that snaps apart for easy prototyping; Others.
INTEGRATED circuits, ELECTRONIC industries, MEASURING instruments, and TESTING-machines
Presents products for testing and measurements. Reduction of measurement time by a digital multimeter; Carlo Gavazzi's WM3-96 Smart Power Quality Analyzer; Advanced Interconnections Corp.'s custom engineered microchip socketed test fixture boards with True BGA Socket electrically interface test equipment; Prototyping adapter that simplifies device tests.
COMPUTER software, ELECTRONIC industries, MOTION control devices, and ELECTRONICS
Presents software for the electronics industry. Motion control products for industrial applications; Synopsis Inc.'s Design Compiler FPGA Synthesis Compiler for prototyping challenges; Crossware's ColdFire Development Suites and Code Creation Wizards.
ENGINEERING design, INDUSTRIAL design, RAPID prototyping, NEW product development, and GLOBAL Positioning System
Reports on the use of three-dimensional modeling and tooling technologies by design engineers to reduce the time needed to design their products. Manufacturers' use of rapid prototyping to create physical parts to test aspects of initial design; Polaris Golf Systems' use of rapid injection molding to create a custom housing unit for ProTrac, a global positioning system that enables golfers to accurately determine their distance to any prominent landmark on the golf course.
NEW product development, ELECTRONIC industries, and LIQUID crystal displays
Introduces several manufacturers' kits that include several types of liquid crystal display (LCD) and vacuum-fluorescent display for the electronic industry. Specifications of ezLCD-001-EDK kit from EarthLCD.com; Significant features of the prototyping kit from Cybernetic Micro Systems; Physical description of the LCD developed by Parallax Inc.
Introduces several products to be used in testing and measurement in electronic design. Fully integrated Series 2050 PXI Tester by Digalog Systems Inc. and 87V Digital Multimeter test tool by Fluke; Photolithographic package test technology developed by Kulicke & Soffa Industries and the Signature signal analyzer developed by Anritsu Electronics; Evaluation and prototyping boards developed by Celoxica Ltd.
This article presents an insightful analysis on the growing popularity of in-house PCB prototyping in electronic design process. Also, it describes the various production methods used by engineers for fabricating prototype boards and test circuits in-house, depending on the type of circuit and its application. Furthermore, the article describes the recent advances in PCB prototyping and milling system technology that continues to be a primary factor contributing to the growth of this technology. The milling precision, reliability and operating convenience delivered by today's state-of-the-art PCB plotters offer engineers a rich set of prototyping tools.