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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.

 

From text to graphics, this software does it all. Pixabay
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

Views

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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Support

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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Apple Inc. to Sell Mac Computers With its Own Main Processors: Bloomberg Report

Report: Apple Plans to Sell Macs With Own Chips

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Apple Inc. plans to sell Mac computers with its own main processors by next year based on the chip designs currently used in its iPhones and iPads. Pixabay

Apple Inc. plans to sell Mac computers with its own main processors by next year based on the chip designs currently used in its iPhones and iPads, Bloomberg reported Thursday.

The iPhone maker is working on three Mac processors based on the A14 processor in its next iPhone, suggesting the company will transition more of its Mac lineup away from current supplier Intel Corp., the report added, citing people familiar with the matter.

Apple Inc. started using Intel’s processors in 2006 and a year later all Mac computers featured its chips. Since then, Intel has made chips for other Apple products such as modem chips for its iPhones.

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Apple has always relied on outside suppliers for its modem chips, a crucial part that connects devices like the iPhone to wireless data networks.

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In a bid to make its own chips, Apple bought a majority of Intel’s modem business last July for $1 billion and settled a long legal battle with supplier Qualcomm Inc. over the chipmaker’s patent licensing practices.

Apple’s Mac computers generated $7.16 billion in revenue in the last reported quarter while Intel’s PC unit that includes modem chip sales recorded $10 billion in sales in the last quarter.

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Apple Inc. was planning to use its own chips in Mac computers beginning as early as 2020, Bloomberg reported in April 2018.

Apple and Intel did not immediately respond to Reuters’ requests for comments. (VOA)

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Demand for PCs Rise and Shipments Fall Due to Coronavirus Pandemic

Work from home has increased demand in the production of PC and laptops.

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PC vendors will face a challenge to manage supply chain and production correctly over the next three to six months. Pixabay

As the world began dealing with a massive remote workforce coupled with millions of kids taking classes online at home during the COVID-19 lockdowns, demand for PCs soared in Q1 2020 but the health crisis caused severe delays in production and logistical issues, leading to worldwide PC shipments falling over 8 percent (Year-on-Year) in the first quarter this year – the largest decline since Q1 2016.

In the Q1 (January-March) quarter, vendors shipped 53.7 million desktops, notebooks, and workstations, according to market research firm Canalys.

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Lenovo led the market with 12.8 million units shipped, HP came second with 11.7 million units, followed by Dell at 10.5 million units.

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Lenovo led the market with 12.8 million units shipped. Pixabay

Apple, however, was hit the hardest in Q1, as its shipments fell over 20 percent to 3.2 million units.

“The PC industry has been boosted by the global COVID-19 lockdown, with products flying off the shelves throughout Q1,” said Rushabh Joshi, Research Director at Canalys.

“But the PC market started 2020 with a constrained supply of Intel processors, caused by a botched transition to 10nm nodes,” he added.

This was exacerbated by factory shutdown in China for a larger part in Q1.

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There was a factory shutdown in China for a larger part in Q1. Pixabay

“The slowdown in supply met with accelerated demand, as businesses were suddenly forced to equip a new remote workforce, placing urgent orders for tens of thousands of PCS, said Doshi.

Children too needed their own PCs as schools were closed and classrooms went online.

In India, Chromebooks and business laptops started disappearing from the shelves even before the 21-day lockdown was announced from March 24 midnight, as millions of Indians across the spectrum began working from home as corona-positive cases began emerging from various offices from early March.

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A Lenovo spokesperson told IANS that there has been an uptick in demand for laptops and other accessories in the social distancing times.

“Inevitably, given the rise in the need for remote and flexible working from businesses around the world, we have seen an increase in demand for laptops and supporting accessories,” said the spokesperson.

Industry insiders informed that HP Inc has also seen a huge demand and its work-from-home products were completely sold out in the country.

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HP Inc has also seen a huge demand and its work-from-home products were completely sold out in the country. Pixabay

However, the PC, print and laptop majors are now facing the supply issue as retail outlets are shut, online platforms selling essential items like groceries while demand is still coming from all the quarters.

According to Ishan Dutt, in Q2, few businesses will be spending on technology for their offices, while many homes will have been freshly equipped.

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“A global recession has begun — businesses will go bankrupt, will millions newly unemployed. Even governments and large corporations will have to prioritize spending elsewhere,” Dutt said in a statement.

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With factories now up and running in China, “PC vendors will face a challenge to manage supply chain and production correctly over the next three to six months”, he added.

In Q1 2016, the global PC shipments dropped 12 percent which was its biggest decline. (IANS)

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Tips to Boost Your Creativity Amid Lockdown

Time to pause and enrich the business

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Make use of the quarantine period to improve your fashion skills and creativity. IANS

The fashion industry worldwide is going through a rough time, and India is no exception. This is the latest fashion and lifestyle news in the world.

From the fashion capitals of Italy and France to the small and midsize businesses in Bangladesh and India, the fashion retail industry is reeling under the pressure of the global pandemic COVID-19.

After the World Bank group allocated 1 billion dollars in health aid to India, it is also mulling a social sector and economic sector package, the latter mostly aimed at uplifting the small and medium scale industries.

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Boost your creativity by knitting or sewing. Pixabay

While difficult times call for tough measures, the current scenario is also a perfect time to take a backseat and invest in the foundation of the business to make it sustainable for the future. Sujata and Taniya, founders of Mumbai-based clothing brand Suta share some tips on how to survive the trying times, customise products and continue to boost creativity.

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Focus on the unfocused

Bracing ourselves to focus on the unfocused becomes a primary goal at such times. “We are channelizing our energies on repairs, maintenance and innovations now. Our operations and customer support team is focusing on improving and fine-tuning minute aspects of the website. We are spending more time on planning and executing new offerings, collection launches and marketing strategies. We want our customers to have a more enriched shopping experience every-time they come to our website,” says Sujata, who believes the present scenario gives most brands the perfect opportunity to focus on the minute details they have been procrastinating.

Exploring the creative side

During this time, a lot of employees and employers are exploring their creative side. Sujata and Taniya made a painting that they say is their dream jungle of childhood. Spending a lot of time in their kitchen garden, cooking skills, sharing DIY videos and even learning a new instrument can surely enhance creativity. This will ensure productivity once the employees are back from the sabbatical.

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You can take up activity like painting to boost your creativity. Pixabay

Enriching content

Content and communication are two major aspects of any brand. This is the right time to let your customers know more about your business. Having engaging content and also letting your customers know about the current situation and how you are dealing with it is very essential.

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“Now, more than ever, content is what is connecting us. During the lockdown we have focused on a lot of engaging content like saree draping styles, DIY videos, wash and care of fabrics, making sustainable products like bio-enzyme. We aspire to motivate people to look at the better side in this silent chaos. The content we are sharing now, celebrates our silver linings, sustainability and our entrepreneurial journey,” says Biswas.

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Focus on health

While staying indoors and staying safe is essential. It is also important to eat mindfully, unhealthy snacking and no exercise can affect your work. When the cravings increase, switch from eating packaged food to a fruit. Remove time for yoga, quip the designers. (IANS)