Digi-Key deal with Accelerated Designs provides 7.2M symbols & footprints

November 20, 2015 // By Graham Prophet
Distributor Digi-Key Electronics has completed an exclusive, global agreement to distribute software and design data from Accelerated Designs. Included in the offering is Ultra Librarian symbol and footprint library management software that is compatible with nearly all EDA tools. (image source; Accelerated Designs' website)

 Accelerated Designs provides engineers and electronics manufacturers with EDA-tool-neutral software and data that improves efficiency of adding and managing new parts when designing circuits and printed circuit boards.

The flagship product of Accelerated Designs is Ultra Librarian , which is used to create and export symbols and footprints in a format that is compatible with nearly any EDA tool depending on licence. This enables organisations or teams to maintain a central repository of common components or approved parts lists/libraries (APLs) and allow individual engineers to use nearly any EDA tool they want to create their designs.

“To our engineering customer base, this means you can obtain libraries of symbols and footprints for hundreds of thousands Digi-Key’s parts, indexed with a Digi-Key part number, and compatible with your EDA tool,” said Randall Restle, Digi-Key Vice-President of Application Engineering. “Nearly all popular EDA tools are supported with Accelerated Designs, and Digi-Key remains committed to serving engineers’ decisions by remaining agnostic to the EDA tool platform they choose.”

Ultra Librarian uses the concept of templates to create parts, which increases accuracy, speed, and consistency of part creation and allows global changes to be made to your library. Automation is the key component to the Ultra Librarian tool. It allows the user to build their component accurately one time and then export it to the CAD tool(s) of their choice. Accelerated Designs claims the industry’s largest library of components with 7.2 million parts, growing monthly.

“Our aim is to make using parts purchased from Digi-Key as efficient as possible. Accelerated Designs filled the gap that no one in the industry effectively addressed,” said Restle. “Finally, engineers can get a symbol and footprint for a device without having to create them one by themselves... manufacturers supplying Digi-Key now have a partner that can help reduce a barrier in customers adopting their new devices. By virtue of working with Accelerated Designs to build libraries of symbols