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Digi-Key Updates Free Design ToolsFebruary 24, 2016 | Digi-Key
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Global electronic components distributor Digi-Key Electronics has announced key updates to Scheme-it and PCBWeb, two influential design tools in its portfolio. The updated tools will be on display at Embedded World 2016 February 23-25 in Nuremburg, Germany.
Scheme-it enables designers to quickly sketch and document their concepts and designs. With its electronic back-of-the-napkin functionality, Scheme-it provides the ideal environment for creative ideation needs whether that is in block, icon, schematic or board expansion format.
“Digi-Key is continually striving to provide engineers the most up-to-date and innovative design tools in order to support any design needs they may have, from concept to production,” said David Sandys, director of digital marketing. “With the milestone of over 100,000 designs being submitted in Scheme-it, it’s apparent that engineers are finding success with the tools and services we are offering on our website.”
At Embedded World, Digi-Key announces the largest update to Scheme-it in the history of the tool. The new sidebar is now fully searchable with full-text search and the Digi-Key catalog integration has been taken to a new level with full parametric capability and taxonomy that mirrors the website itself. There is also a new properties sidebar with direct access to component and part properties. Design Starters have also been expanded to be fully searchable and to now include many popular community and open source hardware platforms including Arduino, BeagleBone, Raspberry Pi and others.
PCBWeb continues to be a robust EDA environment for PCB creation and new enhancements provide unprecedented value to our customers. Designers can now import Scheme-it created Bill of Materials (BOMs) directly into the tool. Fast graphics support has been added for large design files, and support for CadSoft EAGLE library files make for easy migration. The tool also has an upgraded 3D PCB viewer with finish board view.
Both Scheme-it and PCBWeb remain completely free of charge for usage with no license, subscription or royalty charges whatsoever.
Digi-Key recently added Accelerated Designs symbol and footprint integration as well as the Quadcept EDA environment to its tool portfolio. Accelerated Designs adds over 850,000 electronic component symbols and footprints that can be accessed directly from Digikey.com product detail pages and are formatted for use in over 20 leading EDA tool environments.
“As innovation and product design continues to grow throughout professional engineering as well as the maker community, there will always be a requirement for tools to help designers turn their ideas into products,” added Sandys. “Here at Digi-Key, we recognize that need and will continue to listen to the feedback of our engineers and customers and adapt our portfolio as necessary.”
Digi-Key’s booth is located in Hall 4A, Stand 631 and will have representatives on hand to answer any questions attendees may have about its design tools.
About Digi-Key Electronics
Digi-Key Electronics, based in Thief River Falls, Minn., is a global, full-service provider of both prototype/design and production quantities of electronic components, offering more than four million products from over 650 quality name-brand manufacturers. With over one million products in stock and an impressive selection of online resources, Digi-Key is committed to stocking the broadest range of electronic components in the industry and providing the best service possible to its customers. Additional information and access to Digi-Key’s broad product offering is available at www.digikey.com.
This week has been chock full of news about upcoming trade shows and conferences. Clearly, the season is upon us. This week, I-Connect007 reported on PCB West in Santa Clara (often referred to as the show which kicks off trade show season) and the topic of artificial intelligence was everywhere. By the looks of it, not just at the conference, either. For months now, the mainstream media has been gobbling up all sorts of news about generative AI engines, painting the picture that we’ll all lose our jobs to these tools, while also reporting on situations where the results from AI have gotten progressively worse over time.
Fueled by an AI-driven inventory stocking frenzy across the supply chain, TrendForce reveals that Q2 revenue for the top 10 global IC design powerhouses soared to US $38.1 billion, marking a 12.5% quarterly increase.
Cadence Design Systems, Inc. announced it has expanded its design IP portfolio on TSMC’s 3nm (N3E) process—most notably with the addition of the flagship Cadence® 224G Long-Reach (224G-LR) SerDes PHY IP, which has achieved first-pass silicon success.
PCB prototyping is a critical juncture during an electronic device’s journey from concept to reality. Regardless of a project’s complexity, the process of transforming a design into a working board is often enlightening in terms of how a design can be improved before a PCB is ready for full production.
Cadence Design Systems, Inc. and CEVA, Inc. announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement for Cadence to acquire Intrinsix Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of CEVA and a provider of design engineering solutions focused on the U.S. aerospace and defense industry.