Electronic components distributor Digi-Key Corp. has joined with Mentor Graphics Corp., providers of Printed Circuit Board (PCB) design solutions, to create a concept-to-prototype design tool targeted for green-field projects before transition to production.
The Designer Schematic product will addresses escalating demand from professional engineers for Electronic Design Automation (EDA) software at an affordable price point for new R&D projects, while facilitating access to the latest parts, the company said.
“Innovators around the world need to have access to professional-class PCB design tools to easily capture their design concepts,” said Henry Potts, vice president and general manager of Mentor Graphics Systems Design Division.
The Designer Schematic tool is scheduled to launch early this summer, for under $300.
The web-based software is designed to give engineers real-time access to the latest design components along with easy access to Design Service Providers and PCB Fabrication and Manufacturing Services.
“We’re pleased to be able to offer our customers a high-value CAD software solution that will take them to the next level of product design and prototyping without breaking the bank,” said Randall Restle, director of Application Engineering for Digi-Key. “As a result, innovators will be able to focus on design creation, maintain their flexibility, and minimize the prototype development process.”