Arena Solutions Announces New EDA Adapter Designed to Integrate Arena PLM’s Centralized Product Record with Schematic Design Tools
Integration helps engineers make better design decisions, maximize preferred parts reuse, accelerate design completion, and easily generate manufacturing-ready BOMs
Foster City, Calif., April 24, 2008 — Arena Solutions, the leading provider of on-demand product lifecycle management (PLM) software for manufacturers of all sizes, today announced a new electronic design automation (EDA) adapter for integrating Arena PLM’s centralized product record with engineering’s schematic design tools, so engineers can make better design decisions, maximize reuse of preferred company parts, accelerate design completion, and easily generate manufacturing-ready bills of materials (BOMs). With this integration, design and engineering groups can consolidate electronic component databases and get access to constantly updated component information such as preferred parts, descriptions, parametric information, symbols, footprints, and datasheets. The complete EDA integration solution from Arena PLM includes all necessary configuration tools and works with Altium Designer, Mentor Graphics’ DxDataBook, and CADENCE’s OrCAD Capture CIS, among others.
Currently concluding beta-testing, with a full version available in early June, Arena Solutions is now pre-selling The Arena PLM EDA Adapter at a discounted, promotional price for those who purchase it before June 1, 2008. More information about Arena PLM integrations can be found in the Integration section of the Arena website. For further questions or to pre-purchase the adapter, contact Arena PLM integration professionals at 1.866.937.1438, or email them at email@example.com.
Companies from around the world are participating in The Arena PLM EDA Adapter beta-testing program. They include:
- North America-based Openpeak, Inc., which creates, designs, and develops innovative communication systems and devices that enable simple user control of VoIP telephony, digital media, Internet content, messaging applications, and consumer electronics. The company is using the EDA Adapter to connect to CADENCE OrCAD Capture CIS.
- Australia-based Structural Monitoring Systems, the developer of proprietary crack-detection technology for use in a broad range of commercial, military and industrial applications, is using the EDA Adapter with Altium Designer.
- iRex Technologies BV, the Netherlands-based inventor of electronic paper—and some of the most innovative electronic readers and digital sketchbooks on the planet—is using the EDA Adapter to connect with Mentor Graphics’ DXDatabook.
The Arena PLM EDA Adapter offers a number of benefits, including the ability to:
Make better design decisions that are based on complete information
Arena PLM captures, organizes and centralizes product data–cost and technical performance parameters along with lifecycle status information—so engineers always have current part and assembly information. The Arena PLM EDA Adapter supports rapid part selection with part browsing by type as well as part querying. Attribute links within the schematic design software provide direct online access to supplementary information like component datasheets within Arena PLM.
Fully cost BOMs early in the product lifecycle
Once functional design is complete, a BOM can be imported into Arena PLM to generate a fully costed BOM. Arena’s advanced cost management tools provide rolled-up cost BOMs for prototype and production runs, based on existing estimated costs or on active quoted cost data in Arena PLM. The software’s costing module also provides cost breakdowns to help identify the most effective opportunities for cost improvement.
Instantly share board layouts
The Arena PLM EDA Adapter makes it easier for design engineers to initiate the board layout process. Because the BOM is generated directly from the schematic linked to Arena PLM part numbers, the design engineer can import the netlist to Arena PLM and share it with the board design firm. With Arena’s advanced sharing tools, suppliers and partners always have correct and current information for cost quotes and design work.
Easy transfer of information for prototype or production runs
After board layout, the board design team can add Gerber files directly to the printed circuit board (PCB) assembly and generate complete documentation for quoting a prototype run. With one click, the entire package can be shared securely with multiple fabrication houses to quote a prototype run based on desired turn-time. Arena PLM’s purchasing view generates flattened and net BOMs with complete AML/AVL information that fabrication houses can use to obtain current cost data and provide quotes by line item or at the assembly level.
“Design engineers can make better design decisions when they have access to up-to-date information on each part,” said Craig Livingston, chief executive officer of Arena Solutions. “Engineers can rely on the fact they’re seeing current product information because the Arena PLM EDA Adapter ensures that the schematic design software’s part library is automatically and constantly updated.”
About Arena Solutions
For over a decade, Arena has been redefining PLM with a suite of cloud applications that enable engineering, manufacturing and their extended supply chains to work better together—from first prototype to full-scale production. Arena helps innovative manufacturers bring better products to market faster with cloud PLM offerings that speed prototyping, reduce scrap and help manufacturers collaborate on product changes with strategic partners across the globe.
Arena cloud PLM products simplify bill of materials (BOM) and change management, and offer manufacturers the right balance of flexibility and control—at every point in the product lifecycle. PartsList and PDXViewer are lightweight single-user applications that allow manufacturers to move quickly and efficiently while designing, documenting and sharing a prototype. When scaling to production and beyond, the Arena core application provides full PLM functionality so manufacturers can control revisions, manage the engineering change process and selectively share accurate, up-to-date BOMs with partners, suppliers and contract manufacturers.
Founded in February 2000, Arena Solutions is headquartered in Foster City, California.
To learn more about Arena Solutions:
- Visit the Arena Solutions website.
- Read the Arena blog on product design, development and manufacturing.
- Follow @arenasolutions on Twitter.
- Follow Arena on LinkedIn.