Aspen Labs and Digi-Key Launch PCBWeb Designer® – A Free, Full-Featured Schematic Capture and Layout Design Tool

Easy-to-Use EDA/CAD Software Links to 300,000 Available Parts

BOISE, Idaho & THIEF RIVER FALLS, Minn. — (BUSINESS WIRE) — October 15, 2014 — Aspen Labs, a joint-venture partner of Hearst Electronics Group, in cooperation with Digi-Key, launched PCBWeb Designer®, a free schematic capture and layout EDA/CAD tool for design engineers. The new software is available globally today as a full-license application with no limitations on number of parts, size or layer count, supporting a standard Gerber output.

PCBWeb Designer is exclusively linked to Digi-Key’s broad inventory of over four million searchable electronic components including 300,000 ready-to-place parts. The easy-to-use schematic and layout tool is available today, free of charge, at www.pcbweb.com.

“PCBWeb Designer is unique in the industry as a full-featured design tool available at no cost to the engineer,” said Robert Lind, director of business operations at Aspen Labs.

“By linking to Digi-Key’s vast selection of inventory, we simplify and accelerate the entire product design process; engineers can place a part in a schematic, route the PCB, and then proceed to managing and ordering the entire bill of materials.”

PCBWeb Designer includes built-in board and component ordering, allowing engineers to easily send their design to fabrication or order a complete bill of materials with the single click of a button. The free software enables multi-sheet and multi-gate schematic capture, multi-layer PCB layout with copper pour and a custom parts editor. In addition, PCBWeb features an integrated bill of materials (BOM) manager and an optional web publishing feature that allows for design-sharing within a browser format.

PCBWeb Designer is part of a broader suite of EDA/CAD design software tools offered by Digi-Key. Aspen Labs and Digi-Key also jointly developed the popular Scheme-it® – a schematic and/or block diagramming tool for concept-to-prototype sketches. There have been over 36,000 designs created using Scheme-it. The third tool in the companies’ jointly developed EDA trifecta is PartSim, an easy-to-use design simulation system. Scheme-It is available on Digi-Key.com and PartSim is available at www.partsim.com.

“Our strategy is to offer the design engineer a broad range of EDA tools to support different levels of product design needs and requirements,” said Randall Restle, Director of Engineering for Digi-Key. “This new offering from Aspen Labs is yet another option for the design engineer seeking new and better ways to take a product from concept to prototype to production.”

Digi-Key plans to announce additional design tools next month, expanding their EDA/CAD tool suite to include a broader spectrum of tools from free to subscription-level offerings, appealing to the ever-changing needs of today’s design engineer.

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.

About Aspen Labs
Aspen Labs is a technology company that provides online tools and resources for hardware designers. This includes EEWeb.com, an online engineering community and PartSim.com, a free online circuit simulator. Its new printed-circuit-board design tool, PCBWeb Designer, is available for free on their website  www.pcbweb.com. You can learn more about Aspen Labs by visiting their website at www.aspenlabs.com.



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