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​3G Shielding Specialties


Adiva Corporation


Alan Lupton Associates


American Circuits

​Antenna Test Lab

Arrow Electronics

​Aspocomp Group

Assembly Technology

​Aurora Technical Sales

Bare Board Group

Better Boards​

C&C Technologies

Cadence Design Systems

Carolina Electronic Assemblers

Circuit Technology


​Creation Technologies

DNA Group

​Downstream Technologies

​Elantas PDG

Electronic Interconnect

​Eltek USA


​EMA Design Automation

Emerging Power

ERNI Electronics

Fineline - USA

Firan Technology Group (FTG)​

Gardner & Meredith

General Microcircuits

GRT Electronics

​Isola Group

​I-TECH eServices


Indium Corporation


​JBC Tools USA

​JMC Too & Machine

Keysight Technologies

Leader Tech

Lincoln Technology Solutions

Marathon Technical Assoc

Mentor, a Siemens Business

METZ Connect USA


​Oasis Scientific



​Performance Technical Sales

PFC Flexible Circuits Limited

PICA Manufacturing Solutions


Porticos Asia Limited

​Printed Circuit Design & Fab



​Rep Inc


Royal Circuit Solutions




​Teledyne LeCroy

​TFS, Inc.

The Test Connection

​Touchstone 3D


​TTM Technologies

Wallace Electronic Sales

WDL Systems

Wurth Electronics CBT

Zentech Manufacturing

2018 Exhibitor List

Tel:  (919) 342-0810​

Session 5A  (9:30 - 10:30, Room 5)





Speaker: John McMillan, Mentor

Title: Optimizing ECAD-MCAD Collaboration for a Competitive Advantage

Abstract: In today’s dynamic and highly competitive business environment, many design teams are struggling to reduce product development schedules and improve time to market. In a recent survey, the need to improve time to market was identified as a primary business objective, ahead of the need to reduce product cost and improve product quality. When also asked about initiatives to accelerate time to market, the leading response was to improve communication and collaboration across engineering. If you were to push down further into a methodology to implement this initiative, you would find that improving ECAD-MCAD collaboration can not only reduce product development time thereby improving time to market, it can also provide a sustainable competitive advantage for your design team.
Modern designs require close communication between electrical and mechanical engineers. The intense need for market differentiation through product features and performance has increased the significance of both the form factor and the functionality. In other words ECAD-MCAD co-design or “product-level” design is no longer optional, it is mandatory. Designers are no longer bound by a single domain. Component and mechanical clearances must be accounted for in both the electrical and mechanical designs in order to ensure that no physical violations occur when the PCB is placed within the enclosure and/or entire system. This requires optimized collaboration with seamless synchronization between the electrical and mechanical flows.
During this session we will review the various industry standard formats available to support ECAD-MCAD collaboration along with their associated methodologies. Recommended best practices and a summary of the benefits associated with an optimized ECAD-MCAD collaboration process will also be reviewed and discussed.

Bio: John is a Marketing Program Manager for Mentor Graphics with more than 30 years of experience in the EDA industry, including roles in engineering, sales, and technical marketing. John has also served as the Product Owner for Package and Symbol Productivity products and the EDMD Collaborator. John is also a prolific blogger, the author of industry white papers and articles, and the host of the EDA podcast series, 'PCB Tech Talk.'