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NEWS & TECHNOLOGY SPONSORED ARTICLE A Complete Design Tool Kit to Support Project Development By Mark Burr-Lonnon, Senior VP Europe and Asia, Mouser Electronics Increasing, over a number of years, manufacturers have relied on distribution to service all but the very largest customers, leaving most customers little option but to rely solely on various different distributors, not only for the products themselves, but also for support. Electronic components require very careful design-in. It is not enough merely to provide the IC and datasheet and stand back: engineers need an increasingly-sophisticated range of software and hardware development tools if they are to fully benefit from the amazing advances in silicon integration, functionality and performance. This in turn means that distributors are now required to broaden the range of services they offer. We call this activity ‘supporting the Design Ecosystem’. Our model at Mouser means that the Design Ecosystem approach is even more necessary than other component suppliers which focus mainly on production fulfilment. In contrast - although not exclusively - Mouser primarily services design engineers. Our goal is to enable design engineers to try out new semiconductor technologies which will differentiate their end equipment by delivering extra performance and increased functionality. Therefore, we understand that designers need the full technology ‘Ecosystem’ – device itself, software development system, development board, design ideas and documentation – so that they literally ‘have the tools to do their job’. As well as offering hard and software tools from its partner suppliers, Mouser has created its own online tools, significantly simplifying and shortening the design cycle while ensuring that customers benefit from latest component advances. MultiSIM BLUE The most innovative example of this program, NI Multisim Component Evaluator – Mouser Edition has been achieved in collaboration with National Instruments. The Mouser version of the free tool adds features and functionality to provide engineers with an industry-standard SPICE simulation environment of electronic circuits using Mouser Electronics’ distributed components. Mouser’s MultiSIM BLUE includes more than 100,000 electronic components with intuitive simulation features and SPICE analyses. Engineers can visualize and evaluate linear performance, making circuit design easier, faster and more productive. With MultiSIM BLUE, engineers can easily create schematics, simulate circuits and layout PCBs, all with one powerful integrated tool. Plus it handles Bill of Materials (BOM) and purchasing. Unlike other tools, MultiSIM BLUE provides a fully interactive schematic interface with a full-right-click menu. Part selection is just a click away along with a fully integrated wiring and reviewing platform. MultiSIM BLUE supports a wide range of component types including passives, discretes, analog, ICs, discrete signal ICs, mixed signal ICs, sensors, power ICs and protection devices. To learn more about the capabilities of the new tool, visit http://www.mouser.com/MultiSimBlue. A recently upgraded version of the software, MultiSIM BLUE Premium is Mouser’s professional circuit design tool. For only €300/year it delivers unlimited components, unlimited custom components and unlimited schematic sheets and levels, as well as fully integrated circuit design capabilities. MultiSIM BLUE Premium is four powerful design tools in one – including schematic capture, Berkeley SPICE simulation, advanced PCB layout and BOM-to –cart functionality MyMouser Mouser has also developed other online tools specifically to support design engineers and buyers by shortening the process of identifying and purchasing the newest products available. At http://www.mouser.com/servicesandtools/, customers can register to create a MyMouser account which enables projects to be created and saved and ordering information to be saved for easy checkout. MyMouser also opens up access to a full suite of tools: BOM Tool Mouser’s innovative BOM Management Tool, available to anyone with a MyMouser account, transforms customers’ imported bill of materials into an industry-leading part research and purchasing platform, enabling users to import a new BOM or view BOMs saved in their account. The BOM tool remembers not just your preferences, but the layout of your spreadsheets, your naming conventions, and the product selections you have made previously. Instead of only matching exact manufacturer’s part numbers, it can analyse partial part numbers and descriptions using a relevancy engine so that the best options can be offered. 18 Electronic Engineering Times Europe March 2017 www.electronics-eetimes.com


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