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PCB design tool offers video tutorials

Posted: 07 Jul 2010 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:design environment? design tool? PCB design? layout tool?

RS Components has launched DesignSpark design environment that features a free design tool, DesignSpark PCB, a PCB drawing and layout tool that offers a unique range of functions and features.

DesignSpark is an online gateway that brings together design information, user generated reviews and new free-of-charge tools to speed up the design process. With the DesignSpark PCB drawing tool, users have access to a full suite of video tutorials, examples and a parts library. Engineers can create schematics that target PCBs of any size with any number of layers and import designs created in other PCB design software.

DesignSpark features a library of independent reviews for development kits and evaluation platforms. This allows users to post comments and star ratings for each kit. Initially, it will cover a range of up to 1,100 microcontroller, microprocessor, analog and FPGA development kits.

Visitors simply need to register as a DesignSpark member to unlock the functionality of DesignSpark PCB. DesignSpark PCB comes with a component library that can be extended and sharedthrough DesignSparkwith other engineers. Details of the components used from the library form the basis of the Bill of Materials generated by DesignSpark PCB. This can then be used to create an order or quotation request through the usual RS Web portals.

RS launched three new platforms in May this yearComponent Chooser, an extensive parametric search engine of electronic components; the introduction of 20,000 downloadable 3D CAD models on its website; and a strengthened Embedded Development Platform product line that enables rapid prototyping and proof-of-concept through a new partnership with ARM to target microprocessors based on the mbed virtual development environment.

The new platforms launched yesterday, DesignSpark and DesignSpark PCB, are available to any engineer at

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