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Fast Interconnect is now offering its customers a choice of CAD software platforms. According to co-founder Gary Griffin, “One large benefit of coming to Fast Interconnect is that fact that we can design your product in your existing CAD software package. Many companies that ask for design updates find it hard to find a company to assist them that can use the software they have established as their core software design suite.”
This provides immediate advantages for PCB designers.
“Keeping the design in the software currently being used enables the customer to have a useable database in their archive that their engineers are comfortable with. This also means that for future updates the customer is not forced to remember what package was used and where it was done,” Griffin continued. “This provides a freedom from being forced to go with a different design package simply because you are in a hurry and don’t feel you have a choice. We provide that freedom of choice.”
The available CAD packages are Mentor Graphics PADS/Xpedition®/xDX Designer, Cadence Allegro®, Zuken CADSTAR, Altium, P-CAD and Protel. Schematic capture packages for all of the aforementioned, as well as Cadence OrCAD.
As a value-added service, Fast Interconnect performs a full CAM preview of the Gerber files before they are released to the customer. This ensures there are no issues that were not evident during the design review.
For more information, visit www.fastinterconnect.com.
Andy Shaughnessy, PCBDesign007
Nine Dot Connects has certainly blazed an interesting trail. The company started out as an Altium reseller, but in less than a decade, Nine Dot Connects has also become a design service bureau and a provider of PCB design instruction, training, and consulting services. I recently interviewed Paul Taubman, technical services director for Nine Dot Connects. We discussed the company’s expansion from VAR to service bureau and content provider, and the changing landscape of PCB design instruction.
Pete Starkey, I-Connect007
Pete Starkey continues with his review of the AltiumLive PCB Design Summit held recently in Munich, Germany. The second day commenced with a new product launch. “Working together is hard” it read on the screen. Statistics indicated that 33% of new products were late getting to market, of which 28% were late due to insufficient collaboration, and up to 50% of potential revenue could be lost through being late to market. Then the screen read “NEXUS makes it easy!”
Pete Starkey, I-Connect007
Altium held a very successful AltiumLive PCB Design Summit in San Diego, California at the beginning of October for the benefit of their North American design community, and followed it three weeks later with a counterpart European event in Munich. And what an eye-opener it proved to be—literally hundreds of delegates, a superbly organised and managed programme, billed as a completely immersive two-day interactive design experience on a theme of learning, connecting and getting inspired.