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Digi-Key offers upgraded circuit design tool for free

06 Nov 2014

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Digi-Key Corp. has revealed additional improvements to its Scheme-it circuit design tool on the company's website at no extra cost. The tool was co-designed and built by Aspen Labs LLC, a business-media company focused on the needs of engineers.

Often thought of as an "idea generator," Digi-Key's Scheme-it design tool provides users with a simple, free-to-use way to record their circuit design idea in a shareable, electronic form. The tool implements the entire Digi-Key catalogue, allowing users to design with actual parts available for immediate shipment from Digi-Key.

Scheme-it comes equipped with an enhanced feature set including: the ability to diagram at the block, icon, system or schematic level; a library of more than 700 generic symbols as well as custom symbol creation; access to more than four million components via Digi-Key Catalogue integration; freedom to keep designs private, make public, share via link, or embedded into web pages, blogs or emails; rapid design evolution via bill of material (BOM) upload capability; a direct link to Digi-Key technical support for help with component selection activities; integrated BOM and quoting; and export into PDF or PNG files.

The tool has seen incredible adoption, with over 30,000 designs uploaded into the tool. In addition, the tool receives tremendous traffic, with an average of 42,000 visits per month. However, not willing to rest on these laurels, significant upgrades have been made to the tool in recent months to improve user experience and add functionality.

Digi-Key is presently integrating manufacturer symbols, solutions and reference designs into the tool. This upgraded functionality is available and will continue to grow as the company works to add these vast symbol and reference design libraries to the tool.




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