Premier Farnell announces new update of exclusive Altium CircuitStudio software


Premier Farnell, The Development Distributor, is today announcing the global availability of the latest version of its exclusive PCB design software Altium CircuitStudio.

CircuitStudio V1.4 makes it easier to transition historical Eagle data into the tool, with new features and enhancements to the core technologies simplifying and reducing a customer’s PCB design time.

The addition of ‘classes’ is of particular note in this release. Within the schematic editor, ‘net classes’ can be generated using the new ‘net class’ directive and ‘component classes’ are automatically generated for each schematic sheet within the hierarchy.

Within the PCB editor a new ‘classes dialog’ can be used to create pad, polygon, component, layer, and net classes, and design rules in PCB have been improved to allow the use of these classes in rule definitions.

It is now easier to transition from Eagle to CircuitStudio with more than 20 enhancements made including the ability to directly open Eagle design files, and add Eagle libraries directly to the libraries panel.

The professionally powered PCB design software is aimed at electronic design engineers, ECAD and PCB designers and as the software market transitions to the subscription model CircuitStudio remains perpetual, ensuring lifetime access.

As the Development Distributor, Premier Farnell brings its customers closer to the world’s leading software companies to support their design journeys with its industry leading portfolio of embedded, PCB, and mechanical software and technical expertise available on the element14 Design Center.

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Premier Farnell is a group of businesses, a global technology leader with over 80 years in the high service distribution of technology products and solutions for electronic system design, production, maintenance and repair. Premier Farnell uses this experience to support its broad customer base, from hobbyists to engineers, maintenance engineers and buyers as ‘The Development Distributor’, working with leading brands and start-ups to develop new products for market, and supporting the industry as it seeks to develop the current and next generation of engineers.

Premier Farnell focuses its offering around four core customer journeys:

  • Education to Maker – Premier Farnell is an official manufacturer of two of the most popular Maker Boards, Raspberry Pi and Beaglebone Black, and exclusive manufacturer of educational programming boards such as the BBC micro:bit and Codebug. Customers are supported through, the largest online engineering and maker community, also providing support to educators and parents through its new STEM space.

  • Research and Design Services - Premier Farnell is the No.1 for Development Kits, having worked with the world’s leading Semiconductor companies to design and manufacture their latest development boards in house. A deep understanding and design knowledge of the latest Semiconductor Devices available also supports Premier Farnell’s broader design assistance offering, providing a similar service to customers of all sizes who are seeking additional engineering support.

  • Design through to Production – Premier Farnell provides an entire solution for design to manufacturing customers, with the broadest range of Semiconductor and Passive inventory available, a world class line card, same day despatch, a strong board level Interconnect proposition and growing Electromechanical proposition. In addition, it has the technical support capabilities to meet all customers’ needs, from simple cross-reference to complex design.

  • Bench to Board – Premier Farnell offers one of the industry’s broadest ranges of Test & Measurement equipment and a leading line card for all Tool & Production supplies supporting customers from the testing of initial designs to delivering essential maintenance activity to keep their operations running.

Premier Farnell is a business unit of Avnet Electronics Marketing, the components operating group of Avnet, Inc., (NYSE:AVT). Premier Farnell trades as Farnell element14 in Europe, Newark element14 in North America, and element14 throughout Asia Pacific. The Premier Farnell Group is supported by a global supply chain of more than 3,500 suppliers and has an extensive inventory profile developed to anticipate and meet the needs of innovative customers everywhere.

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  • Operations in 38 countries and 43 local language transactional websites

  • More than 3,500 leading suppliers

  • More than 650,000 products stocked with access to over four million more on demand

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