element14 has upped the ante in the design software distribution sector. At the electronica exhibition in Munich it announced a global agreement with Altium, to distribute CircuitStudio through the recently launched element14 Design Center.
The new signing will be an important component pf phase two of element 14’s Design Center where the distributor has already established a burgeoning store of development boards and reference kits in alliance with its suppliers.
“We will launch phase two of Design Center in the first quarter of next year,” commented Laurence Bain, Chief Executive Officer of Premier Farnell told Electronic Specifier in Munich. “By then we will have signed more distribution deals to go alongside our existing offerings including Arm MBed and Cadsoft. By launch time and I would expect us to have at least 10 software packages to offer designers.”
CircuitStudio will combine a streamlined GUI (Graphical User Interface) with a number of professional grade features, including powerful Native 3D PCB editing, straightforward schematic capture and project management tools, bringing the best of PCB design tools within reach of even more engineers.
CircuitStudio is planned for a full launch early in 2015. However, element14 and Altium will soon be inviting those who are interested to register for the Beta version of the product.
David Shen, Group Chief Technology Officer for Premier Farnell, added: “I am delighted we are able to announce this strategic partnership with Altium. With CircuitStudio, we are able to meet the needs of more professional design engineers who demand a simple yet powerful EDA software with the features and functionalities to complete a complex PCB design.
“CircuitStudio is a perfect fit for element14 and its customers. It complements our existing range of software tools that are already sold through element14, and offers electronics design engineers a natural upgrade path for more complex PCB designs and greater degree of productivity through efficient project management tools.”


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