• Wearable Tech Talk in Toronto on Sept 23rd, 2014

    September 15, 2014 natasha

    SnapEDA will be giving a lecture at the University of Toronto Scarborough campus on September 23rd on the future of wearable technology, and the new design challenges that smaller form factors are introducing. Please see more info below, and reserve your spot over at Eventbrite. Whether it’s checking text messages on your smartwatch, tracking sleep…

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  • Request a CAD Symbol or Footprint in Two Clicks!

    August 28, 2014 natasha

    Did you know that you can request a CAD symbol or footprint on SnapEDA in as little as two clicks? Once a request has been made, members in our community often upload them within one week. All CAD symbols and footprints currently export to OrCad, Allegro, Altium, Eagle, Pulsonix, PADS and Kicad. Watch this video to…

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  • Security at the Hardware Level: No Longer Optional — It’s Required

    August 8, 2014 admin

    While emerging technologies like the Internet of Things (IoT) and machine-to-machine (M2M) communications are heralding in exciting new products, they’re equally raising security concerns as the points of access to a system continue to grow, and devices fail to comply to basic security best practices, such as demanding strong passwords, using encrypted data transmissions, and…

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  • Designing Consumer Electronics? Get a Free Booth at the InvenSense Developer Conference

    May 26, 2014 natasha

    If you’re designing new consumer electronics gadgets, such as wearable technologies, gaming devices, remote controls, smartphones, tablets, or other devices, it might be worth checking out the Third Annual InvenSense Developers Conference happening in Santa Clara on June 11th and 12th, 2014. The conference is aimed at developers and startups who wish to form new business…

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  • 5 Interesting Wearable Startups to Keep An Eye On

    April 22, 2014 admin

    Today we are one step closer to transforming into cyborgs with the advent of wearable technology, which is turning what was science fiction only a few years ago into a reality.  From augmented reality goggles to smart watches (possibly holographic in the near future) and fitness trackers, the industry is evolving at an incredibly fast pace.…

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  • What Design Engineers Should Know About Procurement in Automotive Electronics

    March 3, 2014 admin

    If there’s one take-away from my recent visit to the 2014 Canadian International Auto Show, it’s that the automotive industry is one of the most glamorous and innovative industries in existence today. Along with computing and electronics, the automotive industry is consistently at the top in terms of R&D spending, according to statistics from the…

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  • SnapEDA Makes an Appearance on HBO’s Silicon Valley

    March 3, 2014 admin

      The tech community is waiting eagerly in anticipation for Mike Judge’s new comedy show Silicon Valley on HBO. The show is about a group of software developers who want to make it big in Silicon Valley, the birthplace of the semiconductor industry. The term Silicon Valley was first used in the weekly trade newspaper…

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  • Learning the Ins and Outs of Signal Integrity

    February 4, 2014 natasha

      Going through several prototype iterations to test and optimize a design has become the rule rather than the exception. It makes sense — it’s often hard to foresee design challenges and dependencies that could cause issues, components are not ideal and introduce parasitics and unwanted coupling, and simulation only goes so far. But could…

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  • Top 6 EDA Tools

    January 13, 2014 admin

    Choosing the best EDA tool is like finding the best catch from an ocean full of fish –each one looks the same but upon looking closer each actually has its own unique features. With countless EDA tools available left and right, choosing “the right one” is a tough job. My two cents on this– before…

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  • A New Wireless BLE Adruino Prototyping Platform

    November 27, 2013 natasha

    Yesterday Punch Through Designs launched a new wireless Adruino-based platform called the LightBlue Cortado that incorporates bluetooth low-energy (BLE or Bluetooth 4.0). As readers of this blog may already know, this latest specification of Bluetooth is extremely low-energy, allowing devices to run from months to years on just a small coin-cell battery. The LightBlue Cortado…

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