Distributor element14 has a global distribution agreement with Altium and will carry the company’s CircuitStudio printed circuit board (PCB) design software.
CircuitStudio is scheduled for a full launch in 2015 and will be sold through the recently launched element14 Design Center. However, element14 and Altium will invite those who are interested to register for the Beta version of the product.
CircuitStudio will combine a streamlined graphical user interface with a number of features, including native 3D PCB editing, straightforward schematic capture and project management tools, according to element14.
“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," said David Shen, group chief technology officer for Premier Farnell. Premier Farnell owns element14.
He added that CircuitStudio is a “perfect fit” for element14 and its customers. He said it will complement element14’s existing range of software tools. “CircuitStudio offers electronics design engineers a natural upgrade path for more complex PCB designs and greater degree of productivity through efficient project management tools,” said Shen.
Jason Hingston, chief technology officer at Altium, said that CircuitStudio has a modern interface that will be easy to use “but powerful enough for professionals.”
The element14 Design Center is a new resource for engineers offering at range of development tool information along with product details and supporting material.
The site also provides application and product information, including 360 degree images, videos and downloads, which are supplemented by stock availability and prices.