Digi-Key has extended the range of design tools available through its partnership with Mentor Graphics. It has announced an expanded suite of the recently released professional-level Mentor Graphics EDA/CAD tools. Premium versions of both the Designer Schematic and Designer Layout tools are now available, featuring unlimited connections. In addition, Import from xDX Designer and PADS Layout for reference designs, as well as import from third party schematic capture and layout tools has been added.
These premium versions of the Designer Schematic and Designer Layout products are available exclusively from Digi-Key at special 90-day discounted price points of $349 and $599, respectively. Or, the dual product bundle is available for $849. Annual product subscriptions can be purchased exclusively from Digi-Key.
“The interest in Mentor has been strong with hundreds of people requesting evaluation versions and software licenses,” said Randall Restle, Director of Applications Engineering at Digi-Key. “This motivates us to continue releasing new EDA tools with different kinds of features, capabilities and price points – enabling us to serve a broader range of design engineers.”
“Our partnership with Digi-Key is a way to understand the needs of a wide range of design engineers around the globe,” said Henry Potts, Vice President and General Manager of Mentor Graphics Systems Design Division. “We’re committed to continuing to respond to customer demand by offering the right mix of capabilities and options in support of the product design process.”
Mentor Graphics’ PartQuest is a fully integrated website that merges Digi-Key part numbers into symbols and footprints, reducing manual errors and saving time and cost. With these innovative tools, design engineers can easily complete an entire circuit and printed circuit board design themselves or leverage third party PCB layout houses.
As part of the intensive collaboration and product development process, Digi-Key and Mentor Graphics completed thorough beta testing which included more than 300 participants around the globe. As a result, the companies validated the need and market demand for an affordable professional-level tool for the design engineer.


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