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We’re sad to report that our friend and colleague Steve Chidester succumbed to cancer today. Steve was in marketing for more than 30 years. He spent years as product marketing manager for Cadence Design Systems, and later served as VP of marketing and head of international marketing for Zuken. He returned to Cadence last year.
I first met Steve when I started covering this industry in 1999. He patiently walked me through the basics of EDA tools and pretty much gave me the lay of the land.
Steve was just a great guy. He’d always tell journalists way more than we were used to hearing from marketing people. “Yeah, we really screwed up the timing on that release, didn’t we? Why did we do that?”
We’ll miss him.
Hemant Shah and Ed Acheson, Cadence Design Systems
The IPC-2581 format was created in the early 2000s with the merger of two competing formats: ODB++ and GENCAM. The new format, the brainchild of the late Dieter Bergman, languished with no adoption until 2011, when a small group of companies created the IPC-2581 Consortium with the goal of getting this open, neutral and intelligent format adopted. The consortium has been growing steadily in recent years. Its membership now includes more than 100 associate members in addition to its more than 90 corporate members.
Ben Jordan, Altium
If I say IoT, most people today will immediately conjure up some notion in their mind. This is especially true in the engineering community, where many of us are hanging the future of our careers on the Utopian vision of a clean, beautiful environment with hidden networks and sensors everywhere.
Chris Nuttall, NCAB
Modern electronic products are expected to offer evermore advanced functions, while the products themselves are becoming increasingly smaller. There are two key factors for the successful production of HDI PCBs: first, making the right choices at the design stage, and then carefully choosing the factory that can support the specific technical demands of the project. NCAB Group COO Chris Nutall explains.