Low-cost EDA/PCB entry-point software package from Mentor & Digi-Key

May 22, 2014 // By Graham Prophet
Distributor Digi-Key, and Mentor Graphics, have configured a design tool, described as “concept-to-prototype”, aimed at individual designers and intended to support “green-field” projects before transition to production. A Beta version of the package, which will be priced below $300, is now available from Digi-Key.

Designer Schematic addresses (the two companies say) escalating demand from professional engineers for EDA software at an affordable price point for new R&D projects, while facilitating access to the latest parts. “Innovators … need to have access to professional-class PCB design tools to easily capture their design concepts. Mentor Graphics' partnership with Digi-Key provides an opportunity to deliver our proven design technologies to individual engineers at very attractive price points,” said Henry Potts, vice president and general manager of Mentor Graphics Systems Design Division, adding, “... Mentor Graphics is extending its range of PCB development solutions [to serve] individual engineers working on conceptual projects, [in addition to] the desktop market with PADS, and the extended enterprise with Xpedition.”

The Designer Schematic tool is scheduled to launch early this summer, at a sub-$300 price point. Engineers will access first-class design tools, and use new components with error-free EDA representation, as they are released, providing direct paths to quick-turn PCB layout and manufacturing services. The web-based software is designed to give engineers real-time access to the latest design components along with easy, error-free access to Design Service Providers and PCB Fabrication and Manufacturing Services.

Mentor Graphics; www.mentor.com/

Digi-Key; www.digikey.com