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CadSoft launches EAGLE version 6

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CadSoft Computer GmbH, today announced the launch of version 6 of its easy-to-use ‘EAGLE’ PCB software for professional board design.

CadSoft EAGLE Version 6 focuses on flexibility and enabling users to save time by optimizing and integrating new features such as BGA escape routing, differential pair routing, automatic meanders and undo/redo logs. Additionally this latest software provides automatic layout dimension, assembly variants, cut out polygons, and the design reuse feature to merge board/schematic pairs using the PASTE function with full consistency.

EAGLE Version 6 not only helps in the design of a board, but also saves designers time by providing direct connections to experienced, high-quality PCB manufacturers for fast quotes on PCB fabrication. In North America customers can connect with Pentalogix, for European customers Eurocircuits is your reliable partner to get your prototype produced by mouse click, through The Knode on element14.

Flexibility and productivity are also achieved through User Language Programs (ULPs) for customization and feature enhancement, such as 3D-visualization, simulation and data-export. Hundreds of ULPs, project designs and part libraries to accelerate the design process are available through CadSoft EAGLE’s download centre.

CadSoft EAGLE users can also benefit in their design process from Accelerated Design’s Ultra Librarian to quickly create parts, symbols and footprints that can be exported to various PCB design flows. The Ultra Librarian tools integrate Premier Farnell’s DesignLink, an integrated tool, which offers a streamlined method to do component research by allowing a designer to transparently interface to the search engine of their regional supplier without leaving the design environment.

“This is a landmark day for our award-winning CadSoft EAGLE PCB software with the launch of version 6,” said Thomas Liratsch, CadSoft’s General Manager. “EAGLE v6.0 will make the lives of design engineers even easier – saving them time and effort. Simply put, the new release of EAGLE takes designer friendliness and freedom to a whole new experience.”

For more information, visit: www.cadsoft.de

Premier Farnell plc (LSE:pfl), today announced release plans for EAGLE Version 6.0 including details of the many new features being developed for this release and deliver a major step forward in the PCB designer productivity and efficiency. All users purchasing the current version of EAGLE will receive a free upgrade to the version 6.0 release.

CadSoft’s EAGLE V6.0 PCB design software will deliver innovations and improvements over previous versions that will allow design engineers significant flexibility and efficiency. The EAGLE V6.0 release features a redesigned XML database structure – the first to use ASCII text as format, which allows quick and easy design changes, importing of design information as well as translation from other design formats.

“The best-selling CAD tool (EAGLE) for PCB design just got better, and we will deliver the latest EAGLE V6 free to new and upgrading customers after release,” said Thomas Liratsch, CadSoft’s General Manager. “EAGLE V6.0 is agile and intuitive, so design engineers can easily design, replicate, move, transpose, and even copy/paste schematics – saving them time and effort. Simply put, the new release of EAGLE takes designer friendliness and freedom to a whole new experience.”

EAGLE V6.0 includes a variety of user-friendly and productivity-enhancing features, such as:

* XML database structure – Read, edit and parse the data outside of the EAGLE tool

* Design reuse – Ability to merge board/schematic pairs using COPY/ PASTE function with full consistency. This supports easy design, for example, of multi-channel devices.

* Routing capability improvements

* Optimised work-flow with an Undo/Redo log to control each step going back or forward

* Flawless conversions between millimetres and inches with increased internal resolution

* Library editor optimisations

* Ability to connect a pin to multiple pads allows designers to handle components’ internal connected pins. Compared to previous versions schematic symbols look nicer and you save time in defining them.

* Designers can also draw arbitrary pad shapes easily without any problems with Design Rules Check for such objects.

* EAGLE V6.0 also supports an unlimited number of technologies and package variants – eliminating the need to split a library into two parts.

* File description functionality – You can now individualise your schematics, sheets, boards and symbols with descriptions, so you don’t have to open the file in an editor window to see its contents.

Customers who buy or upgrade from a former version to EAGLE V5 from 01 September 2011 can upgrade their software edition and modules for free to EAGLE Version 6.0.

CadSoft’s EAGLE PCB design software is also available from element14, Premier Farnell’s innovative community for design engineers, bringing Web 2.0 to engineers, along with over 10,000 technical documents and software tools. All versions of EAGLE contain DesignLink, an automated connection between EAGLE and the extensive components database from Premier Farnell.

A free trial version is available at: www.element14.com/eagle

In line with the Group’s focus on providing engineering design solutions, driving business to the web and growth in emerging markets, Premier Farnell plc (LSE:pfl), today announced the launch of the element14 knode, a revolutionary online design platform that is exclusively focused on the needs of electronic design engineers. Unveiled today at the Design Automation Conference, San Diego, CA, the element14 knode provides one interface to a world of engineering design solutions. It supports the complete design flow from concept to final production and is unique in enabling engineers to research, design, develop and prototype manufacture in a single, intelligent environment. Products get to market more quickly, and by automating the configuration of product design flow solutions, valuable engineering resource can be increasingly focused on application design and IP creation.

In the course of creating electronic products, design engineers visit multiple sites to gather relevant technical information and to begin assembling the correct hardware and software solutions for their design. The element14 knode is unique in providing a single on-line platform for performing all of these activities. Based on an engineer’s initial specification it automates the creation of explicit dependencies and inter-relationships with other system level components to quickly build a custom design flow - whether it be development kits, design tools, operating systems and stacks, Intellectual Property or services such as PCB design and manufacture. These have all been integrated into one convenient place: the element14 knode – KNOwledge for Design Engineers.

“The element14 knode offers a world of solutions in one single interface and is another exciting industry first for us offering a new and different approach to design solutions. Innovation is vital for design engineers and as their partner in innovation, we are re-defining the delivery of the solutions they need,” commented Harriet Green, CEO of Premier Farnell.

The services offered in the element14 knode v1.0 release include:

* search automation and configuration for project specific design flows

* development platforms and kits

* operating systems and stacks

* development and CAD tools

* PCB services; and test solutions

* an online ‘Learning Centre’

More exciting roadmap features will follow in future releases as the wave of innovation continues.


The element14 knode - An Overview

Search Like Never Before
An engineering-focused alternative to standard search engines, the knode search function helps engineers find relevant design information and the latest technology quicker than ever before. Designers can use the element14 knode to quickly research, evaluate and purchase solutions, software and services. The availability of reliable technical information and solutions can save the designer hundreds of hours typically spent in searching and validating information. Further, the innovative search engine returns all relevant and related contents for the search performed – in one click. The search bar allows users to enter keywords by supplier, architecture or part number, while Search results can also be refined using categories and tag filters such as core architecture and silicon manufacturers.

Expert Learning Centre
The element14 knode Learning Centre provides a library of rich content to help a user research various technologies, platforms and associated core components. This includes “How To” videos, application notes, technical documentation and much more. Forums host discussions in areas ranging from product/technology and applications to design recommendations, and technical support and designers can post questions to subject matter experts from element14’s enhanced technical support team and from suppliers across a number of industries and design environments.

Development Platforms and Kits
A wide variety of development platforms and kits are available including:

* Pre-built boards to test the latest technology and protocols

* Hardware solutions to accelerate the design process

* Search for instant prototypes for embedded systems

* New technology and industry exclusives such as the Freescale™ XL Starboard

Operating Systems and Stacks
Access Operating Systems, RTOS, Stacks and middleware for application software execution and interoperability.

Development Tools
The element14 knode provides access to a comprehensive suite of software development tools for embedded systems: These include Integrated Development Environments (IDEs), compilers and debuggers and the latest software design solutions from leading technology providers.

CAD Tools
Through the knode, PCB design tools are available that enable designers to develop PCBs within a highly productive, scalable and easy-to-use environment. Solutions cover the spectrum of PCB development, from schematic entry to manufacturing. PCB Tools include the award winning CadSoft EAGLE. This powerful and easy to use PCB software offers high-end functionality in a schematic editor, layout editor, and autorouter.

PCB Services
The element14 knode delivers high quality, low risk solutions for PCB fabrication and assembly in partnership with industry leaders. element14’s partners not only provide rapid turn-around manufacturing using advanced technology and the application of state-of-the art design for manufacture (DFM) and test software, but they also deliver fabrication services at globally-competitive, affordable prices.

Test Equipment
The element14 knode offers leading hardware analysis solutions for embedded systems or prototypes including oscilloscopes, multi-meters, signal generators and more.

For more information visit: www.element14.com/knode









In line with the company’s focus on providing solutions to design engineers, driving business to the web and growth in emerging markets, Premier Farnell plc (LSE:pfl), has announced that it will host 24 separate live webinar workshops to present the latest developments of the award-winning CadSoft’s EAGLE PCB design software. With sessions offered in English, French, German, Spanish and Chinese, these workshops will demonstrate the capabilities of the EAGLE software for design engineers, from the basics of PCB design and layout to specialist topics covering; generating manufacturing data, designing multi-layered boards and looking at various libraries and overall component designs.

Each webcast will consist of a 1-hour online training session by a dedicated EAGLE expert followed by a 30 to 60-minute Q&A. Each session also will be archived after the event and can be accessed by visiting the element14 technology training webinar centre. These webcasts are ideal for design engineers and students who want to stay current with the latest PCB design trends and application design flows using EAGLE.

Users can register for each webinar by accessing the element14 technical event calendar and the EAGLE CadSoft area via the Web.

The latest version of the award - winning EAGLE software, the best selling CAD tool of its kind, incorporates “DesignLink” functionality, giving PCB design engineers the ability to automatically search through the element14 component database, with online check of pricing and availability, as well as access to the latest data. Set-up and save options are available for individual order lists for schematics, with a simple function to add the list to a shopping cart. All EAGLE manufacturer libraries are supplied with order codes supporting this direct purchase capability. In addition, users can get a quote from element14 for the fabrication and assembly of their PCB design directly from within the EAGLE design environment.

The software is available from element14, the company’s innovative on-line community bringing Web 2.0 to design engineers, along with access to over 10,000 technical documents and software tools. All versions of EAGLE contain DesignLink and are available for FREE download and evaluation.

“EAGLE gives us tools to help our customers in their design process. It has never been easier to design a PCB and order the components engineers need to build a prototype with a single click.” said Thomas Liratsch, CadSoft’s General Manager. “Our design community, when combined with our leading-edge transactional websites, offers customers a complete online solution to their purchasing and design needs”.

“These webinars are an easy and effective way to learn how to use the EAGLE PCB design software, ranging from learning the basics to designing multi-layer-boards and generating production data,” said David Shen, Group SVP & Global Head of Technical Marketing at Premier Farnell. “Each attendee will receive training directly from an EAGLE expert where they can ask questions live concerning a specific topic. In addition, EAGLE users can also visit CadSoft’s active customer forums on element14, where the community members exchange tips and experts give support and advice on EAGLE software, all these valuable services are free of charge.”

Farnell, the leading multi-channel distributor, has added 800 new analogue products from Microchip Technology to its portfolio, making it the first European distributor to have the largest stock of the new products in Europe.

Customers now have access to the latest analogue range, which includes low power op amps, low voltage boost switching regulators and delta sigma A/D converters.

Analogue products are used as connection between the digital world to the real world which is analogue. Products involved are power management like switching voltage converter and linear regulators, supervisor ICs and mixed signal products amplifiers, data converters, sensors, digital potentiometers.

Through its industry-leading websites featuring tools such as Live Chat, and easily accessible data sheets, Farnell is able to support its electronics design engineering customers with information and ideas to help them select the most appropriate components and devices for their new designs. The element14 online engineering community provides a unique additional resource. Further information about the Microchip analogue range can be found on their website.

Farnell Europe’s Head of Semiconductors, Passives and Optoelectronics (SEPO) Product & Supplier management, Richard Curtin, said: “Being the first distributor to stock the largest analogue product range from Microchip reiterates how Farnell and element14 are leading technology in the electronics sector. By working with us, design engineers across the globe can be confident that they are getting access to the very latest technology from industry-leading suppliers for their new designs.”

“Microchip has seen significant sales growth from its Analogue & Interface Product Division over recent years. Farnell’s marketing skills plus the increased analogue portfolio will help generate and support many new designs,” added Mike McGlade, Sales Channel Manager, Microchip.


About Farnell

Farnell is the leading multi-channel, high service distributor of electronic components, electrical parts, industrial and maintenance, repair & operations products, supporting millions of engineers and purchasing professionals throughout Europe and Asia with the latest technologies. Farnell employs over 1200 people in more than 20 countries around the world and trades in over 100. With over 500,000 products in stock from over 3000 suppliers, our product portfolio continues to expand, offering our customers the very latest technologies.

Farnell is the current holder of the prestigious ‘Environmental’ award which was presented to the company for its innovative biodegradable packaging at the 2010 Elektra Awards.

Farnell is part of the global Premier Farnell Group, which works across geographic and business boundaries. Sharing these facilities and best practice Farnell distribute a huge range of electronic components, electrical parts and wholesale electronics.

For more information visit the Farnell web site at www.farnell.co.uk


About Microchip Technology

Microchip Technology Inc. (NASDAQ: MCHP) is a leading provider of microcontroller, analog and Flash-IP solutions, providing low-risk product development, lower total system cost and faster time to market for thousands of diverse customer applications worldwide. Headquartered in Chandler, Arizona, Microchip offers outstanding technical support along with dependable delivery and quality. For more information, visit the Microchip website at http://www.microchip.com/get/E0KR

Farnell, the leading multi-channel distributor of electronic and industrial components, and CadSoft, the developer of the bestselling CAD tool of its kind, EAGLE, will co-host a webcast entitled ‘Schematic and Layout Design with EAGLE’ on Jan 26, 2011, from 3-4 pm CET. To register, visit: https://premierfarnell.webex.com/premierfarnell/onstage/g.php?t=a&d=844768806

“We are very glad to announce this joint CadSoft/Farnell webinar to demonstrate to our customers not only the state-of-the-art functionality of our EAGLE software but also the latest developments with DesignLink,” said Thomas Liratsch, CadSoft’s General Manager. “With the successful launch of EAGLE v5.11 in December, we decided to host this webinar for a wider audience of electronic design engineers who’d like to familiarize themselves with EAGLE or learn more about DesignLink functionality.”

During the hour-long webcast, CadSoft’s Technical Support Manager Richard Hammerl will present an introduction to CadSoft’s EAGLE software and will then discuss the latest 5.11 upgrade and its advantages over previous versions. The webcast will comprise a 45-minute online presentation followed by a 15-minute Q&A session. The session also will be archived after the event and can be accessed by visiting http://www.element-14.com/community/groups/technology-training-webinars (under recent documents section). This webcast is ideal for electronic design engineers and students who want to stay current with the latest in CAD technologies.

The full session will cover:

* EAGLE Introduction - Modules and Editions

* EAGLE Control Panel - Overview

* Creating a Schematic

* Component placement

* How can DesignLink help in creating a schematic

* Short overview about the EAGLE User Language

Please register at:

https://premierfarnell.webex.com/premierfarnell/onstage/g.php?t=a&d=844768806

For a full list of Farnell’s Technology Training Webinars please visit: http://www.element-14.com/community/groups/technology-training-webinars?view=overview

Users can also benefit from the exclusive information sharing CadSoft eCommunity on element14.


About Farnell

Farnell is the leading multi-channel, high service distributor of electronic components, electrical parts, industrial and maintenance, repair & operations products, supporting millions of engineers and purchasing professionals throughout Europe and Asia with the latest technologies. Farnell employs over 1200 people in more than 20 countries around the world and trades in over 100. With over 500,000 products in stock from over 3000 suppliers, our product portfolio continues to expand, offering our customers the very latest technologies.

Farnell is the current holder of the prestigious ‘Environmental’ award which was presented to the company for its innovative biodegradable packaging at the 2010 Elektra Awards.

Farnell is part of the global Premier Farnell Group, which works across geographic and business boundaries. Sharing these facilities and best practice Farnell distribute a huge range of electronic components, electrical parts and wholesale electronics.

For more information visit the Farnell web site at www.farnell.co.uk.


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CadSoft Computer GmbH, a fully owned subsidiary of Premier Farnell plc (LSE:pfl), has announced the launch of EAGLE software version 5.11. This latest version of the award - winning EAGLE software, the best selling CAD tool of its kind, incorporates new “DesignLink” functionality, giving electronic design engineers (EDEs) automatic search through element 14, with online check of pricing and availability, as well as access to the latest data. Set-up and save options are now available for individual order lists for schematics, with a simple function to add the list to a shopping cart. All EAGLE manufacturer libraries are now supplied with order codes and in addition, users can now transfer quote parameters to element14 to get a quote for manufacturing a PCB designed with EAGLE.

The software is available from element14, the company’s innovative Community for EDEs, bringing Web 2.0 to engineers, along with over 10,000 technical documents and software tools. All versions of EAGLE including the FREE evaluation licence edition ‘Freemium’ contain DesignLink.

EAGLE v5.11 has 3 main elements: schematic, layout and autorouter. Users also enjoy many additional features including an unlimited “undo/redo” function and “follow me router”, which allows the EDE to accept or overwrite router recommendations. This new version reinforces Premier Farnell’s commitment to provide ‘beyond product’ design solutions to EDEs.

“The implementation of these new enhancements gives us more tools to help our customers in their design process. It has never been easier to design a PCB and order the components engineers need to build a prototype with a single click.” said Thomas Liratsch, CadSoft’s General Manager. Our design community, when combined with our leading -edge transactional websites, offers customers a complete online solution to their purchasing and design needs”.

For more information, visit: www.cadsoftusa.com/eagle-pcb-design-software/product-overview

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