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Flux Launches Flux Copilot: The Industry’s First AI Design Assistant Integrated into a PCB Design Tool

Flux Copilot introduces powerful AI into Flux’s browser-based PCB design tool to make hardware design easier than ever before.

San Francisco, CA – April 27th, 2022Flux, the innovative browser-based PCB design tool,  today announced a community preview of Flux Copilot: the industry’s first AI-powered  hardware design assistant integrated into a PCB design tool. Flux Copilot marks a major  milestone in the hardware industry as the first time that a powerful AI assistant is being used to  augment the hardware design experience. 

Flux is a browser-based PCB design tool that innovatively solves many of the industry’s largest  challenges by enabling unprecedented collaboration and ease of design through cloud-hosted  and community-shared design resources. With the introduction of Flux Copilot, Flux is now  raising the bar even further by being the first PCB design tool in the industry to offer users an AI  design assistant. 

Flux Copilot is a custom-trained large language model (LLM) that lives inside of your project and  can provide direct feedback, advice, and analysis regarding hardware design. Flux Copilot  understands your schematic design, including the components you used, how they’re  connected, and all part information from datasheets. With this information and a deep wealth  of knowledge on Electrical Engineering principles, Flux Copilot uses conversational AI to help  designers select parts and understand their compatibility, provides feedback on schematic  designs, and performs design analysis. Other features include assistance in evaluating  component alternates, cost-down analysis of designs, and electrical rule checks (ERCs).  

Since Flux Copilot lives in your comments, it’s a truly collaborative tool. By simply asking Flux  Copilot for information through a text interface, designers gain access to an endless wealth of  knowledge to assist in the design process. The result is that the barrier to entry for hardware  

designs has been significantly reduced, allowing engineers to produce higher quality hardware  designs in shorter amounts of time and at less cost than ever before.  

Like a personal design expert at your disposal, Flux Copilot is meant as a tool to augment the  hardware design experience of the Electrical Engineer. The LLM does not guarantee 100%  accuracy in its responses at the time of launch, so Flux Copilot is to be viewed as a guide for the  designer and not as a substitute for the designer’s judgment or expertise.

Beyond its purpose for professional Electrical Engineers, Flux Copilot also opens up educational  opportunities for different groups of users such as students and Operations Engineers. For  example, an Operations Engineer can improve their productivity by asking Flux Copilot “Please  find me a drop-in replacement for component U1”. A student can use Flux Copilot to learn  circuit design principles by asking “Please explain the function of U1 in this circuit. ” 

“At Flux, our goal has always been to democratize hardware design by taking the ‘hard’ out of  ‘hardware.’ And a major reason that hardware is so hard is that there are so many barriers to  entry associated with the design process. With Flux Copilot we’re removing these barriers in a  

major way, providing engineers with their own personal design expert to use at their disposal,”  noted Matthias Wagner, CEO of Flux. “Hardware design has never been as easy or accessible as  it is today with Copilot!” 

This news comes on the heels of Flux’s recent move out of private beta and into public launch  in February. Flux Copilot is currently available for free preview to all Flux users, with eventual  plans to allow access to the feature through a monthly subscription fee. Future plans for Flux  

Copilot include the addition of features such as allowing it to take the actions it suggests and to  improve the accuracy of the LLM for even greater results. 

About Flux  

Flux is a browser-based end-to-end electronic design tool that breaks down barriers in the  hardware design industry. By offering an integrated workflow, reusable blocks, and access to  modern collaboration, Flux’s PCB design tool marks a paradigm shift in the hardware  industry. For the past two years, Flux has existed only in a private beta, within which over  25,000 engineers have signed up for the beta. Flux exited private beta and has been available  for public use since February of 2023.

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