Wednesday, March 31, 2010

BWI: Premier Farnell Launches Enhanced Free EAGLE Software Version 5.8

Press release from Business Wire India
Source: Premier Farnell
Wednesday, March 31, 2010 10:45 AM IST (05:15 AM GMT)
Editors: General: Consumer interest; Business: Advertising, PR & marketing, Business services, Electronic appliances & components, Information technology; Technology
Premier Farnell Launches Enhanced Free EAGLE Software Version 5.8
New Freemium Edition Gives Design Engineers Vastly Improved Specification and Functionality at no cost

Bangalore, Karnataka, India, Wednesday, March 31, 2010 -- (Business Wire India) -- Premier Farnell plc (LSE:pfl), the leading multi-channel, high service distributor, has announced the launch of EAGLE software version 5.8. This enhanced version of CadSoft's award winning software, Europe's best selling CAD tool of its kind, is a FREE licence edition 'Freemium', allowing EDE's to design boards more conveniently with better power management in their circuits and with more schematic sheets for free. This exciting announcement reflects Premier Farnell's sustained focus on the Electronic Design Engineering (EDE) marketplace and further underpins their strategy to offer design solutions to EDE's 'beyond product'

The Freemium version is now available through CadSoft's own websites, ( and and from element14, the company's innovative technology eCommunity for EDEs, bringing Web 2.0 to the global design engineering community, along with open access to more than 10,000 technical documents and necessary tools like CadSoft's EAGLE CAD software

Freemium offers customers double the number of layers and four times the number of sheets compared to the current free software version of EAGLE ("Freeware"), giving existing users increased functionality, while delivering even more evaluation and product options to the engineer depending on budget. Within version 5.8 CadSoft have also made improvements to their EAGLE standard version, increasing the number of layers from 4 to 6, making layout substantially easier.

"EAGLE version 5.8 is an important product upgrade for all design engineers globally and reflects our ongoing commitment towards the EDE's, driving business to the web and growth in emerging markets" said David Shen, Global Head of EDE & Technical Marketing at Premier Farnell. "CAD software is a fundamental tool for all EDEs, and the availability of such software through Premier Farnell's element14 is a significant step in our strategy to provide our customers not only a high quality product, but also tools enabling us to be a one stop shop solution for their R&D needs."

About CadSoft:

CadSoft's EAGLE software has gained global popularity due to its competitive pricing and multiple licensing options. It includes many features normally found in much more expensive tools such as; autorouter, copper pour, forward and back annotation, electrical and design rule checking, any-angle part placement and scripting to automate routine jobs such as placing card edge fingers and initialising title blocks. It also has a C-like, interpretive user language programming (ULP) facility that can be used to totally customize the tool including accessing and interacting with external files. Its tens of thousands of global users have contributed scores of such programs such as importing files in different CAD tool file formats and these are all available for use free of charge.

About Premier Farnell

Premier Farnell plc (LSE:pfl) is a leading high service, multi-channel distributor of electronic, and industrial products and specialist services throughout Europe, the Americas and Asia Pacific. It goes to market with a differentiated value proposition, world-class marketing, a stocked range of 450,000+ products, and access to 4,000,000 more items from 3,500 top manufacturers. The company has group sales of £823.1m and over 4,100 employees globally.

While global in scope, Premier Farnell recognises the individual needs of each market and has continued to internationalize its model accordingly, trading locally under different brand names. Its primary electronics businesses trade as Farnell in the UK, India, Europe, Australia and New Zealand, Newark in the US, Canada and Mexico, and Premier Electronics in China and Hong Kong. In Singapore, Malaysia, and Brazil the operation is known as Farnell Newark.

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