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NEWS & TECHNOLOGY SpONSOrEd COmpaNY prOfiLE RS Components Enhances Online Engineering Ecosystem with DesignSpark PCB V4.0 and ModelSource The release of Designspark pCB Version 4.0 by rs Components is a substantial extension of the software’s capa- bilities and strongly reaffirms the commitment from RS to its vision of delivering the best possible open-source experience to electronic engineers. Version 4.0 has evolved into a complete engineering solu- tion and makes the flow from design to purchase considerably quicker and easier. The simplicity of the Designspark pCB user interface with its built-in wizards has now been combined with substantial time saving benefits for engineers. New functionality includes an enhanced library manager, featuring an easy-to- use attribute and part number driven interface to an extended library of over 80k components and still growing. additionally there are new tools to obtain quotes for the Bill-of-Materials (BoM) and production quotes from pCB manufacturing and as- sembly subcontractors. • BOM Quote Tool The new BoM Quote tool is a new feature within the De- signspark pCB software and links with the rs website to pro- vide an instant quotation for the components in the design. The tool takes advantage of rs part numbers embedded within the new component library and automatically generates a BoM that has been ‘scrubbed’ to match the components gathered from the design – with options to either save a copy of the BoM, re- quest a quote, or to automatically populate the shopping basket on the rs website. • PCB Manufacturing Quote Tool also available within the Designspark pCB software is the new pCB Quote tool. Based on attributes taken directly from the pCB design software, such as board size, copper layer count, manufacturing limits such as track width, copper gap and drill size, the pCB Quote tool provides an independent comparison website service for bare-board pCB subcontractors, functioning in a similar style to typical consumer price-comparison web- sites. engineers can then proceed with a direct quote from the selected pCB subcontractor. 6 Electronic Engineering Times Europe December 2012 www.electronics-eetimes.com


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