THIEF RIVER FALLS, MN -- Digi-Key and Mentor Graphics are rolling out Designer Schematic, a lower-cost schematic editor aimed at the professional R&D market.

 The concept-to-prototype, web-based design tool is targeted for green-field projects before transition to production, and is scheduled to launch in early summer. The tool was developed by Mentor Graphics and is available from Digi-Key.

“Innovators around the world need to have access to professional-class PCB design tools to easily capture their design concepts. [This] provides an opportunity to deliver our proven design technologies to individual engineers at very attractive price points,” said Henry Potts, vice president and general manager of Mentor Graphics Systems Design Division.

The web-based software is designed to give engineers real-time access to the components via Digi-Key, and is tied into design service providers and PCB fabricators and assemblers. 

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