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Why You Need New PCB Software In 2019

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There are many different types of PCB design software on the market right now, but which is the best? It’s hard to decide when each package is offering you something different and you are already comfortable with the package that you use. Of course, there are some software packages that are much more advanced than others and you could be missing out. Here, we are going to talk you through some of the reasons why you need new PCB software in 2019. Keep reading if you’d like to find out more.

Managing Components

When you take a look at some of the PCB design software online, you’ll find that some are now offering a system that manages components. One example of this can be seen with Altium. This is a recent update that you can take full advantage of in 2019 if you make the swap. Think about how you can easily track the components that you are going to use and figure out which is best for your project.


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High speed design is very important to many designers so if this is one of your top priorities,Pixabay


High Speed Design

Is the current package that you are using as fast as you need it to be? Some of the other packages on the market actually come with high speed design tools that you can take full advantage of to boost your project and meet your deadlines. High speed design is very important to many designers so if this is one of your top priorities, consider trying a new software package in 2019.

Rule Checking

Errors can appear throughout the different parts of your project but are you aware of them as soon as they appear? 2019 versions of PCB design software come with impressive rule checking tools which will periodically check your design for any issues. You should also find that it will all be presented to you on a user-friendly interface making solving problems much easier and much more efficient if you make the change.

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The final reason why you might want to switch your PCB design software for a better version in 2019 is the fact that you will get better support


Another reason why you might want to change the PCB design software package that you use in 2019 is the new views that better packages are offering. Now, you can view your design in both 2D and 3D meaning that you can get to grips with your design a lot easier. Many designers have benefited from using 3D views on their projects so make sure to take advantage of this in the coming year.

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The final reason why you might want to switch your PCB design software for a better version in 2019 is the fact that you will get better support. With the more popular packages, there are more forums and other users are always happy to give you some advice. On top of this, you can enjoy extensive guides and training with some of the best PCB design packages out there.

2019 is the year to up your PCB design game and improve on the projects that you did last year. Think about switching your design software for a newer version and you will see the benefits.

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Microsoft Now The Most Valuable Public Company, Surpassing Apple

Daniel Morgan, senior portfolio manager for Synovus Trust, said Microsoft is outperforming its tech rivals in part because of what it's not.

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A man walks past a Microsoft sign set up for the Microsoft BUILD conference at Moscone Center in San Francisco, April 28, 2015. VOA

Microsoft’s big bet on cloud computing is paying off as the company has surpassed Apple as the world’s most valuable publicly traded company.

The software maker’s prospects looked bleak just a few years ago, as licenses for the company’s Windows system fell with a sharp drop in sales of personal computers.

But under CEO Satya Nadella, Microsoft has found stability by focusing on software and services over the internet, or the cloud, with long-term business contracts.

That 1990s personal-computing powerhouse is now having a renaissance moment, as it eclipses Facebook, Google, Amazon and the other tech darlings of the late decade.

Apple had been the world’s most prosperous firm since claiming the top spot from Exxon Mobil earlier this decade. Microsoft surpassed Apple briefly a few times this week, but didn’t close on top until Friday, with a market value of $851 billion to Apple’s $847 billion. Microsoft hadn’t been at the top since the height of the dot-com boom in 2000.

An advertisement is played on a set of large screens at the Microsoft office in Cambridge, Massachusetts, U.S, VOA

Apple’s plunge

Microsoft became a contender again in large part because Apple’s stock fell nearly 20 percent in November, while Microsoft hasn’t done any worse than the rest of the stock market. But the fact that it hasn’t done poorly reflects its steady focus on business customers in recent years.

Microsoft lost its luster as people were shunning PCs in favor of smartphones. In 2013, PC sales plunged 10 percent to about 315 million, the worst year-to-year drop ever, according to research firms Gartner and IDC. It didn’t help that Microsoft’s effort to make PCs more like phones, Windows 8, was widely panned.

But a turnaround began when the Redmond, Wash., company promoted Nadella as CEO in 2014. He succeeded Microsoft’s longtime CEO, Steve Ballmer, who initially scoffed at the notion that people would be willing to pay $500 or more for Apple’s iPhones.

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella delivers the keynote address at Build, the company’s annual conference for software developers. VOA

That bet paid off. Windows is now a dwindling fraction of Microsoft’s business. While the company still runs consumer-focused businesses such as Bing search and Xbox gaming, it has prioritized business-oriented services such as its Office line of email and other workplace software, as well as newer additions such as LinkedIn and Skype. But its biggest growth has happened in the cloud, particularly the cloud platform it calls Azure. Cloud computing now accounts for more than a quarter of Microsoft’s revenue, and Microsoft rivals Amazon as a leading provider of such services.

Wedbush analyst Dan Ives said Azure is still in its early days, meaning there’s plenty of room for growth, especially considering the company’s large customer base for Office and other products.

“While the tech carnage seen over the last month has been brutal, shares of [Microsoft] continue to hold up like the Rock of Gibraltar,” he said.

Being less reliant on consumer demand helped shield Microsoft from holiday season turbulence and U.S.-China trade war jitters affecting Apple and other tech companies.

President Donald Trump amplified those tariff concerns when he told The Wall Street Journal in a story published late Monday that new tariffs could affect iPhones and laptops imported from China.

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A sign for Microsoft is seen on a building in Cambridge. VOA

The iPhone maker had already seen its stock fall after reporting a mixed bag of quarterly results in early November amid fears about how the technology industry will fare in the face of such threats as rising interest rates, increased government regulation and Trump’s escalating trade war with China. 

Reporting change

Apple also spooked investors with an unexpected decision to stop disclosing how many iPhones it sells each quarter. That move has been widely interpreted as a sign that Apple foresees further declines in iPhone sales and is trying to mask that.

While smartphones caused the downturn in personal computers years ago, sales of smartphones themselves have now stalled. That’s partly because with fewer innovations from previous models, more people choose to hold on to the devices for longer periods before upgrading.

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Daniel Morgan, senior portfolio manager for Synovus Trust, said Microsoft is outperforming its tech rivals in part because of what it’s not. It doesn’t face as much regulatory scrutiny as advertising-hungry Google and Facebook, which have attracted controversy over their data-harvesting practices. Unlike Netflix, it’s not on a hunt for a diminishing number of international subscribers. And while Amazon also has a strong cloud business, it’s still more dependent on online retail. (VOA)