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RS Components upgrades DesignSpark PCB with high-end productivity tools

Fully featured ECAD at an affordable one-off price

LONDON, UK, 3 October 2019 – RS Components (RS), the trading brand of Electrocomponents plc (LSE: ECM), a global multi-channel provider of industrial and electronic products and solutions, has launched DesignSpark PCB Pro, an upgraded version of its DesignSpark PCB design suite adding a wealth of productivity features. DesignSpark PCB Pro is aimed at professional electronic design engineers — especially those working in SMEs.

RS’ pre-existing DesignSpark PCB software — now at Version 8.1 — is an award-winning, free-to-use set of ECAD rapid prototyping tools offering: seamless integration into existing workflows; unlimited number and size of schematics; unlimited layers, nodes, pads and connections; integration with popular component libraries plus a library editor to create custom components; unrestricted output of Gerber and ODB++ files; bill of materials (BOM) generation in any format; and integration with free DesignSpark mechanical and electrical CAD systems. RS will continue to support and develop the free version of DesignSpark PCB.

As a result of customer feedback, RS has built out the DesignSpark feature set to bridge the gap between complex, expensive, high-maintenance PCB CAD software and low-end, unsupported open source products. DesignSpark PCB Pro adds many key productivity features designed to accelerate the design process dramatically, including blind and buried vias, extensive copper pour rules, hierarchical blocks, net class level spacing rules, and manufacturability checks. An upgraded autorouter optimises the efficiency of the board layout, while enhanced library support allows the latest symbols, footprints and 3D models to be imported.

DesignSpark PCB Pro is released first in the UK, where a perpetual licence costs £375 ex VAT — making it attractively priced against similarly featured ECAD software. It is available to download from https://www.rs-online.com/designspark/pcb-pro-software. DesignSpark PCB Pro will roll-out globally within the coming weeks.

Mike Bray, vice-president of DesignSpark, commented: “DesignSpark PCB Pro offers advanced professional design features at an affordable one-off price. It is easy to access and simple to learn and use. DesignSpark PCB Pro will prove invaluable in accelerating design productivity without adding recurring costs.”

DesignSpark PCB Pro is supported by the DesignSpark software team and by an online DesignSpark engineering community of more than 850,000 members.

To purchase a licence or to start a free trial go to https://www.rs-online.com/designspark/pcb-pro-software.

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About RS Components
RS Components is a trading brand of Electrocomponents plc. We offer more than 500,000 industrial and electronic products, sourced from over 2,500 leading suppliers, and provide a wide range of value-added services to over one million customers. With operations in 32 countries, we ship more than 50,000 parcels a day.

We support customers across the product life cycle, whether via innovation and technical support at the design phase, improving time to market and productivity at the build phase, or reducing purchasing costs and optimising inventory in the maintenance phase. We offer our customers tailored product and service propositions that are essential for the successful operation of their businesses and help them save time and money.

Electrocomponents is listed on the London Stock Exchange and in the last financial year ended 31 March 2019 reported revenue of £1.88 billion. Electrocomponents has seven operating brands: RS Components, Allied Electronics & Automation, RS PRO, OKdo, DesignSpark, IESA and Monition.

For more information on RS, please visit the website at https://uk.rs-online.com/web/.

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