World’s most powerful free-of-charge PCB design tool recognised by Printed Circuit Design & Fab magazine

RS Components (RS) the world’s largest high service distributor of electronics and maintenance products and the trading brand of Electrocomponents plc (LSE:ECM), has won the award for New Product Introduction of the Year in the PCB Design Tools category from leading industry magazine, Printed Circuit Design & Fab (PCD&F). DesignSpark PCB received the award based on meeting a number of criteria including creativity, innovation and user friendliness, as voted by an independent panel of practicing industry engineers. The decision was made based on meeting a number of the award criteria’s including creativity, innovation and user friendliness. The powerful, professional PCB design tool was introduced by RS in July 2010 and has since been downloaded from the company’s DesignSpark web site over 80,000 times. The award was presented to Martin Keenan, Technical Marketing Engineer by Mike Buetow, Editor-in-Chief of PCD&F and Circuits Assembly at a ceremony at the Apex Expo in Las Vegas, USA, on April 12th, 2011.

Completely free to download and use, DesignSpark PCB has no practical limits on pin counts, layers and output types for boards up to 1 square metre in size. Capable of supporting projects with complex, multipage schematics, it can be used for schematic capture, board layout and generating manufacturing files. The tool supports the import of Eagle design files and libraries and now comes with a stunning 3D viewer. It gives designers flexibility in their choice of board manufacturer with industry-standard, Gerber extended outputs.

Chris Page, Head of Electronics at RS Components commented, “DesignSpark PCB is one of the tools at the heart of the RS Components philosophy of making it quick and easy for engineers to find, buy and design with electronic components. Its global popularity is evident by the number of times it has been downloaded from our website and this award, run by one of the world’s leading authorities on PCB design, is testament to the work of the whole team here at RS. It demonstrates just how closely we understand what it takes to help electronics designers become more productive in their day-to-day work.”

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