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Publication Date: 03/1/2009
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Sunstone and National Instrument Collaborate; Simplify PCB Prototyping
Mulino, OR — Sunstone Circuits® has joined forces with National Instruments (NI) to offer an integrated PC board prototype and quick-turn design environment, enabling NI Multisim and NI Ultiboard customers to easily order prototype PC boards via the Sunstone ECOsystemsm Design Environment. \par \"Traditionally, the PC board prototype design process included barriers between the design flow and the prototype process," said Terry Heilman, president and CEO of Sunstone. "As a result, design problems often do not emerge until the fabrication phase, forcing costly and unnecessary redesigns, Through our collaboration with National Instruments, we provide resources, best practices and important manufacturing information to the engineer while they design — not after — which vastly improves productivity. It is yet another reason why Sunstone is the easiest PC board solutions provider to do business with."

Once a prototype design is completed in the Multisim and Ultiboard circuit design tools, customers can easily order PC boards online, via Sunstone, on the NI website. NI provides Sunstone's DFM rules and file specifications of the Ultiboard layout tool, helping to ensure board designs will be manufactured correctly the first time. Customers who order through Sunstone may also access the company's live customer support at any time, 24/7/365.

"Through the Sunstone ECOsystem design environment, our users can now access Web resources and technical documentation to easily fabricate their PC board prototypes," said Vincent Accardi, general manager at National Instruments Electronics Workbench Group. "Prototyping is now simpler than ever for NI customers due to the online ordering, quick prototype turnaround, and more than 35 years of experience that Sunstone brings to the PC board design process. NI has collaborated with Sunstone because we share the mission of simplifying the PC board design experience, and we are proud to have Sunstone Circuits as a part of our PC board design and prototyping network."

Best-in-Class Design Options
Breaking down barriers in the PC board industry, the Sunstone ECOsystem improves the PC board prototyping process for designers, from concept to delivery, by integrating the four discrete segments of PC board prototyping:

Knowledge. PC board designer expertise.

Tools. Design packages and software.

Parts and Libraries. Sourcing and tracking of PC board components.

Manufacturing. PC board manufacturing capability and expertise.

Through NI support and participation in the Sunstone ECOsystem design environment, Sunstone provides PC board prototype expertise to NI customers with a quick and simple online ordering method for PC board prototypes.

Contact: Sunstone Circuits, 13626 S. Freeman Road, Mulino, OR 97042 503-829-9108 x555 fax: 503-829-5482 E-mail: Web: or

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