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RS Components upgrades DesignSpark PCB with 3D

Version 2 of free software package adds 3D viewer and new enhanced library features

Malaysia, 26 April 2011 :

RS Components has today announced the release of DesignSpark PCB version 2, its free PCB design software package. Working in partnership with Number One Systems, new features in DesignSpark PCB include unique 3D visualisation of PCB layouts, and increased library management functionality. The upgraded version 2 software is free to download for new users at www.designspark.com/pcb, and existing users will be alerted to the upgrade via release alerts in the tool.

DesignSpark PCB has been strengthened in three key areas. A 3D viewer has been added to the tool. This enables engineers to see a three-dimensional representation of their board at any stage during design, allowing fast evaluation of mechanical design requirements within their existing eCAD package. New library features and output graphics allow users to create and save new libraries, move components directly to libraries from the design view, and provides more flexibility in reports and print options. Functionality enhancements are found in the project menu, with new design management options including command, duplication and improved resolution of angular rotation, all speeding up design test and development for users.

Commenting for RS, Mark Cundle, Technical Marketing Manager said “Following the success of the initial launch and adoption, we’ve been able to use the DesignSpark community to get real-time information and feedback on what engineers like and value when using DesignSpark PCB. This has enabled us to quickly prioritise and develop version 2 based on what our users have told us they want from the world’s most powerful free PCB design tool.”

Martin Keenan, Technical Marketing Engineer for DesignSpark PCB added “Free-to-use software tools are valued by engineers when they reduce not just cost, but time-to-market for new designs. With new 3D visualisation, enhanced features and functionality, DesignSpark PCB delivers faster development and migration for free, meeting the requirements of our user community.”

DesignSpark PCB remains unique in the industry as a free, fully-featured PCB development environment. Version 2 can be downloaded, activated at www.designspark.com/pcb, with feedback and user support forums also available on www.designspark.com.

ABOUT RS COMPONENTS

RS Components is the world’s largest distributor of electronics and maintenance products serving 1.5 million customers worldwide. Through operations in 27 countries and 17 warehouses, the Group distributes 500,000 products ranging from semiconductors and optoelectronics to power tools and protective clothing. The product and service portfolio supports the entire product lifecycle from R&D through pre-production to maintenance and repair, shipping around 40,000 orders on the same day they are received.

RS Components and Allied Electronics are the trading brands of Electrocomponents plc. The Group is listed on the London Stock Exchange and in the last financial year to 31 March 2010 had revenues of £972.6 million. For more information, please visit the website at www.rs-components.com.

Further information is available via these links:
Twitter: @RSElectronics, @DesignSparkRS
Tweet: RS Components; DesignSparkPCB
Hashtags: #designsparkpcb #electronics

RS Components on Linkedin
http://www.linkedin.com/company/rs-components

Relevant Links:
DesignSpark
www.designspark.com

Electrocomponents plc
www.electrocomponents.com

RS Components
www.rs-components.com