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RS builds design tool support with Accelerated deal
RS Components has teamed up with design tool firm Accelerated Designs for the introduction of a series of component libraries providing schematic symbols and PCB design footprints for chips from STMicroelectronics and Microchip Technology.
The PCB footprints and schematic symbols can be downloaded free from the distributor’s DesignSpark website, and can be exported to EDA and CAD/CAE systems using Accelerated Designs’ Ultra Librarian (UL) translator software.
The UL Reader also supports RS’ free DesignSpark PCB design tool that offers powerful schematic capture and PCB layout software.
“Engineers today spend a considerable amount of time creating symbols and footprints for their particular CAD suite,” said Martin Keenan, programme manager for DesignSpark PCB at RS Components.
“Accelerated Designs’ free UL Reader simplifies this process and helps speed up the Find, Design and Buy activities of our Electronics customers,” said Keenan.
“Making our free Ultra Librarian software available through RS’ online DesignSpark resource centre means that our customers can easily access all of the critical data they need to begin the CAD design process,” said Frank Frank, president of Accelerated Designs.
The free Ultra Librarian software, including footprints and symbols, is available now for download at: http://www.designspark.com/.