Upgrade adds new functions to free circuit design software

June 20, 2014 // By Graham Prophet
Components distributor Digi-Key has added enhancements to its Scheme-it circuit design tool, available at no cost on the Digi-Key website. The tool was co-designed and built by Aspen Labs, a business-media company focused on the needs of engineers.

Capable of being used as an “idea generator”, Digi-Key's Scheme-it design tool provides users with a simple, free-to-use way to record their circuit design idea in a shareable, electronic form. The tool implements the entire Digi-Key catalogue, allowing users to design with actual parts available for immediate shipment.

“The impetus for developing a tool like Scheme-it revolved around lowering the barrier to design, allowing users to move their design from back of napkin to bill of materials,” according to David Sandys, Director, Digi-Key Supplier Marketing. “Integration with the catalogue differentiates the tool from other free options, as designers are able to design parts into their circuit with the knowledge that they can move right into ordering.”

Scheme-it comes equipped with an enhanced feature set, including:

The ability to diagram at the Block, Icon, System, or Schematic level

A library of over 700 generic symbols, as well as custom symbol creation

Access to over 4 million components

Freedom to keep designs private, make public, share via link, or embedded into web pages, blogs or emails

Rapid design evolution via Bill of Material (BOM) upload capability

A direct link to Digi-Key Technical Support for help with component selection activities

Integrated Bill of Materials and quoting

Export into PDF or PNG files

Over 30,000 designs are already uploaded into the tool. Digi-Key is currently integrating manufacturer symbols, solutions, and reference designs into the tool. This upgraded functionality is available now, and will continue to grow as the company works to add these symbol and reference design libraries to the tool. The tool is accessible from the company’s main site;

Digi-Key; www.digikey.com