Free Online Design Tools from Aspen Labs and Digi-Key Give Engineers an Edge in Online Printed Circuit Board Design

BOISE, Idaho & THIEF RIVER FALLS, Minn. — (BUSINESS WIRE) — April 17, 2013Aspen Labs, innovators in the engineering business media field, and global electronic components distributor Digi-Key Corporation, the industry leader in electronic component selection, availability and delivery, are giving engineers access to a new set of free, online CAD tools to support Printed Circuit Board (PCB) design and development. Aspen Labs engaged with Digi-Key as an exclusive integration partner because of the company’s breadth of in-stock electronic components.

“Many of our customers indicated that they liked Scheme-It, but wanted a quality, low-cost collection of electronic design tools,” said Randall Restle, Director of Applications Engineering for Digi-Key. “We saw great value in offering an industry-first suite of such cloud-based tools, and Aspen Labs has delivered an exceptionally easy-to-use PCB design product.”

PCBWeb is an online CAD application for designing and manufacturing electronics circuit boards, available at no cost. It aims to help engineers move projects from the earliest stages all the way through to a finished hardware design, ready to send off for production.

The free and easy-to-use PCBWeb tool offers these features:

  • Schematic Capture
    • Supports multi-sheet designs
  • PCB Layout
    • Supports multi-layer boards with DRC
  • A Component Editor
    • Create symbols and footprints
  • A Design Experience Tightly Integrated with Digi-Key Suppliers
    • Place Digi-Key parts into designs and easily manage those parts using the PCBWeb bill of materials editor

“We are excited to offer this tool to hardware designers, and through our strong partnership with Digi-Key Corporation we’ve designed PCBWeb with an integrated parts library that exceeds what is available in traditional CAD tools,” said Cody Miller, president, Aspen Labs. “Our goal is to provide engineers with a complete manufacturing solution for electronics hardware from start to finish.”

This is the third joint venture from Aspen Labs and Digi-Key, stemming from the engineering community’s desire for free or low-cost, easy to use, online design tools.

Other resources from Aspen Labs and Digi-Key include:

  • Scheme-It: A basic online circuit design tool
  • PartSim: A more advanced circuit design utility that offers tools such as a full SPICE (Simulation Program with Integrated Circuit Emphasis) simulation engine, web-based schematic capture tool, and a graphical waveform viewer

About Aspen Labs

Aspen Labs is a business media company focused on meeting the needs of the electronics industry. They provide resources such as EEWeb, a social media platform, as well as innovative online design tools. Aspen Labs has a strong team of electrical engineers and web developers that have produced tools such as Scheme-it, PartSim, and PCBWeb. Hearst Electronics Group is one of the primary owners of Aspen Labs. For additional information, please visit www.aspenlabs.com.

About Digi-Key Corporation

Digi-Key Corporation, based in Thief River Falls, Minn., is a global, full-service provider of both prototype/design and production quantities of electronic components, offering more than three million products from over 650 quality name-brand manufacturers at www.digikey.com.

With over 800,000 products in stock, an impressive selection of online resources, and the logistical advantage of more than 800,000 square feet of expandable distribution space, Digi-Key continues to move forward, affirming its commitment to stocking the broadest range of electronic components in the industry and providing the best service possible to its customers.

Digi-Key’s totally integrated, Internet-engaged business model, coupled with its industry-leading breadth of components available for immediate shipment anywhere in the world from a single location, clearly differentiates Digi-Key from all other distributors. Digi-Key offers customers a unique approach to a high-mix, low volume production business strategy by transferring much inventory risk and carrying costs from the customer to Digi-Key. From Prototype to Production <

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