Premier Farnell buys design software firm CadSoft

Premier Farnell has acquired CadSoft Computer, developer of the Eagle brand of electronic design software.

Premier Farnell will market the CAD software through its element14 online community of development engineers. It also plans to extend the CAD software’s capabilities by linking it to their databases in a similar methodology to the DesignLink platform.

“The CadSoft Eagle CAD software extends our portfolio and gives us more tools to help our customers in their design process,” said David Shen, Global Head of eCommerce and Technical Marketing of Premier Farnell.

Along with the launch of DesignLink, which provides a link from CAD tools to product data on Farnell’s website, the acquisition of CadSoft indicates the distributor’s aim to support  more of the design process.

The distributor could end up paying euros12m for CadSoft whose software is used by more than 40,000 electronic design engineers throughout the US and Europe.

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