Have you ever designed a PCB in less than an hour? Did you include part searching and designing the schematic in the hour? Now you can…
In December 2014, Mentor Graphics in partnership with Digi-Key Corporation released an innovative PCB flow called Designer. Designer Schematic and Designer Layout are basic PCB schematic and layout tools but with the addition of PartQuest, these tools out perform others in the industry with the enhancements in productivity. The innovations in this PCB design tool placed it in the EDN Hot 100 products of 2014.
The Designer flow features the largest number of synchronized PCB symbols and footprints in the market today, with several times the number of parts our competitors can offer. A live list of the number of synchronized PCB symbols and footprints is located at http://partquest.com/content. Currently there are more than 350,000 parts.
Early adopters of Designer and PartQuest are enthusiastic about the improvements in their productivity by knowing that their parts are not only in stock at Digi-Key, but that the PCB symbols and footprints are provided complete with Digi-Key product information and links. So what’s different about Designer? It is the first professional PCB product that after install is ready to use. There is no need to change settings, optimize your environment, or hire a consultant to help you get started. Just install and start to design. View the Quick Start Tutorials to see how easy it is to design with Designer.
Designer was made easier to use by streamlining xDX Designer for the PADS flow. The download is 87% smaller reducing the download from 1.55Gig to two downloads totaling 211Mb. Product settings were optimized so that after install the settings rarely need to be changed. A new free text library search was designed so that parts could be easily found, just type in part data. If the part isn’t in the library, chances are it can be quickly downloaded from PartQuest, ready to go with hundreds of thousands of premade symbols and footprints and millions of template symbols ready for you to enhance with your specific part graphics. The schematic navigator settings were changed to be more intuitive. Video Tool Tips demonstrate the usage of each icon, online wiki based help , and Digi-Key’s TechXchange community quickly answer any outstanding questions. Purchasing is easy with a subscription based model allowing project managers, makers, and hobbyist to control their budgets.