You’ve no doubt seen announcements (either via customer emails, on the Cadence website, on the Cadence Customer Support portal, etc.) about Quarterly Incremental Releases (QiRs). QiRs have been made available for over a year now with a focus on updates to the 16.6 release.
In case you’re not familiar with QiRs, they are an exciting new way of bringing Cadence users valuable new features without having to wait for 12 to 18 months for a huge new software release. QiRs simply install on top of your current latest release, and they do not affect quality, stability, or methodology. What they do bring are a host of new capabilities, most of which will improve your designer’s capabilities and productivity. Imagine not having to load and digest an entire new release just to get access to cool new capabilities and productivity features! To get the latest QiR:
- Navigate to the main Cadence website and then to the PCB Design section.
- From this page, on lower right, you’ll see a link “Allegro 16.6 Quarterly Incremental Report”. Select this and see the current QiR4 content.
- Navigate to the Allegro Software download page and download the latest QiR.
I have already blogged about several new features available in the 16.6 QiR1 to QiR4 downloads and will continue to post blogs about new QiR features over the coming months.
If you’d like to see all the great new features and capabilities in prior QiR releases, simply type “QiR 4” (or “QiR 3”, or “QiR 2”, etc.) in Cadence Online Support and you’ll get all the details:
You can also access the details from any of the product Help Menus (Help > Documentation > Release Info tab and then the link “What's New in Release”.
Look for Allegro Team blogs soon after the QiR5 becomes available!
Jerry “GenPart” Grzenia