Digi-Key has upgraded its free Scheme-it circuit design tool. The tool was co-designed and built by Aspen Labs.
The 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 immediately available.
“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,” said 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 them.”

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 via Digi-Key Catalogue integration
• 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 already uploaded into the tool. In addition, the tool receives an average of 42,000 visits per month.
Digi-Key is currently integrating manufacturer symbols, solutions, and reference designs into the tool. This upgraded functionality is available now.


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