News & Resources

Here you'll find information about OptEM's upcoming and past events, awards, access to software technical support, links to download technical papers, and links to other resource information we find interesting and helpful.

Upcoming Events

Trade Shows

DAC: June 8-10, 2015- OptEM will be exhibiting in booth 2215 at the 52nd Design Automation Conference in San Francisco, CA, USA. The DAC is the premier conference and tradeshow covering the latest trends in electronic design and design automation (EDA). Please join us at the show and see our latest release ofOptEM Inspectora layout-to-circuit device and interconnect RC and substrate extraction of deep submicron analog, digital and mixed-ICs.

IWCS: October 5-6, 2015- OptEM will be exhibiting in booth 207 at the International Cable-Connectivity Symposium (formerly the International Wire & Cable Symposium) in Atlanta, GA, USA. The IWCS presents the latest technologies in new and original wire and cable product design, materials, applications, processes and trends. OptEM will demonstrateOptEM Cable Designera software tool used for accurate modeling and analysis of high-performance multi-conductor shielded and unshielded twisted-pair, quad, ribbon, subsea umbilical and specialty cables, as well as flex circuits from DC to 10 GHz.

Training

OptEM Cable Designer software training - see ourschedulefor the next 2-day training course nearest you. Don't see a scheduled course that's convenient for you? Pleasecontact usand we'll see what we can arrange.

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Awards

Best Technical Paper Award
Picture courtesy of www.wirenet.org

On May 5, 2014 Dr. Juliusz Poltz, the president and co-founder of OptEM, was awarded the Urbain J. H. Malo Memorial award by the Wire Association International (WAI) for the best 2013 technical paper in the Electrical Division. The paper is entitled "Optimizing Shielded Pair Manufacturing" and was originally presented at the Interwire Trade Exposition, 83rd WAI Annual Convention, in April 2013 in Atlanta, GA. The paper examines a method for estimating the expected tolerance of cable propagation properties based on available manufacturing tolerances and calculated sensitivities. The work establishes that the twinax cable insulation diameter and copper/skin eccentricity are responsible for attenuation tolerance, whereas copper and skin diameters are responsible for characteristic impedance tolerance. This best paper (electrical division) award was presented to Dr. Poltz during the WAI annual meeting held at the WAI Operations Summit & Wire Expo in May 2014 in Indianapolis, IN.

Exhibitor Recognition Award
OptEM Exhibitor Recognition at the DAC

In June 2013 OptEM was presented with an Exhibitor Recognition Award for 20 or More Years of Participation at the Design Automation Conference. TheDACis the premier conference and tradeshow covering the latest trends in electronic design and design automation (EDA). The 2013 DAC celebrated 50 years of innovation in EDA with a special banquet and ceremonial events at the conference in Austin, TX, USA. OptEM was pleased to receive this award and participate in this special event.

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Past Events

IWCS November 2014
OptEM at the IWCS

OptEM showcased itsOptEM Cable Designersoftware tool used for designing and simulating the performance of all types of copper cables, and presented a technical paper entitled "Near End Crosstalk in Quad Cables" at the International Wire & Cable Symposium in Providence, RI, USA. Using sensitivity analysis, cable simulations and actual measurements, this paper examines design and manufacturing parameters of a standard quad cable used in umbilical systems to study their impact on NEXT. Critical parameter sensitivities are identified that control various properties of the quad cable including Z, attenuation, and cable symmetry. For more information please review the paperabstract.

WAI April 2013

OptEM presented a paper entitled "Optimizing Shielded Pair Manufacturing" at the Interwire Trade Exposition, 83rd WAI Annual Convention in Atlanta, GA, USA. The paper examines a method for estimating the expected tolerance of cable propagation properties based on available manufacturing tolerances and calculated sensitivities. This paper was awarded Best Technical Paper in the Electrical Division. For more information please review the paperabstract.

The Wire Association International(WAI)Inc. is a worldwide technical society for wire and cable industry professionals governed by volunteers from around the world.Interwireis an international trade event that includes exhibitors, speakers and attendees working in a variety of industries including automotive, construction, aerospace, transportation, communication, among others.

Software Releases

July 2014 - Release of OptEM Cable Designer version 7.3 with:

  • Stranded wire support in Excel spreadsheet interface
  • Gauge diameter support for conducting objects in Excel spreadsheet interface
  • Import Excel spreadsheet files into OptEM Cable Designer
  • Build wire libraries in Excel spreadsheet and import into OptEM Cable Designer
  • Hold current view area in Main window of OptEM Cable Designer
  • New screen/jacket enclosures
  • New colour selections for object definitions
  • Multi-frequency file import for analysis setup
  • New cable report with multi-frequency output

October 2010 - Release of OptEM Cable Designer version 6.5.0 with new Advisor Modules:

  • Pair Advisor - iteratively calculates conductor and insulate diameters which fulfill a selected standard using assigned design properties for a shielded or unshielded pair.
  • Lay Length Advisor - calculates the lay lengths of a four-pair cable based on assigned design properties and ratios between NEXT resonance frequency and the maximum frequency for diagonal and side-by-side pairs.
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