Digi-Key Expands Mentor Graphics’ EDA Tools Portfolio with New Features & Low-Priced Premium Bundles

Enables xDX Designer and PADS Layout Imports; Adds Designer Premium Options to Support Unlimited Connections

THIEF RIVER FALLS, Minn. — (BUSINESS WIRE) — February 24, 2015Digi-Key, the industry leader in electronic component selection, availability and delivery, today announced an expanded suite of the recently released professional-level Mentor Graphics EDA/CAD tools. Premium versions of both the Designer Schematic and Designer Layout tools are now available, featuring unlimited connections. In addition, Import from xDX Designer and PADS Layout for reference designs, as well as import from third party schematic capture and layout tools has been added.

Starting today, premium versions of the Designer Schematic and Designer Layout products are available exclusively from Digi-Key at special 90-day discounted price points of $349 and $599, respectively. Or, the dual product bundle is available for $849. Annual product subscriptions can be purchased exclusively from Digi-Key.

“Our partnership with Digi-Key is a way to understand the needs of a wide range of design engineers around the globe,” said Henry Potts, Vice President and General Manager of Mentor Graphics Systems Design Division. “We’re committed to continuing to respond to customer demand by offering the right mix of capabilities and options in support of the product design process.”

Mentor Graphics’ PartQuest™ is a fully integrated website that merges Digi-Key part numbers into symbols and footprints, reducing manual errors and saving time and cost. With these innovative tools, design engineers can easily complete an entire circuit and printed circuit board design themselves or leverage third party PCB layout houses.

As part of the intensive collaboration and product development process, Digi-Key and Mentor Graphics completed thorough beta testing which included more than 300 participants around the globe. As a result, the companies validated the need and market demand for an affordable professional-level tool for the design engineer.

“The interest in Mentor has been strong with hundreds of people requesting evaluation versions and software licenses,” said Randall Restle, Director of Applications Engineering at Digi-Key. “This motivates us to continue releasing new EDA tools with different kinds of features, capabilities and price points – enabling us to serve a broader range of design engineers.”

Mentor Graphics and Digi-Key collaborated to create solutions able to address escalating demand from professional engineers for Electronic Design Automation (EDA) software at an affordable price point while facilitating access to Digi-Key’s vast inventory of over four million electronic components.

With the Designer tools, engineers can easily produce schematic designs, untethered from Approved Parts Lists (APLs) and specific PCB houses that typically require the use of proprietary CAD tools.

The new premium products are available at reduced price points for 90 days. The special offer ends May 25, 2015.

Designer Schematic Premium: $349

  • Out-of-box and easy-to-use design creation tool
  • Web-enabled part search and symbol download
  • Powerful keyword-based part search
  • Integrated library browser for intuitive parts management
  • Unlimited pins

Designer Layout Premium: $599

  • Easy-to-learn and use
  • Web-enabled footprint download
  • Interactive routing accelerates time-to-results
  • Advanced manufacturing output

Designer Schematic & Designer Layout Premium Bundle: $849

Click here for more information OR to sign up for a free 15-day product trial.

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 four million products from over 650 quality name-brand manufacturers. With over one million products in stock and an impressive selection of online resources, Digi-Key is committed to stocking the broadest range of electronic components in the industry and providing the best service possible to its customers. Additional information and access to Digi-Key’s broad product offering is available at www.digikey.com.


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