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MultiSIM tool comes free in Mouser’s blue By Julien Happich Beting on National Instruments’ strong Multisim user base while adding an extra 80,000 components models to NI’s original 20,000 component library, distributor Mouser Electronics has released a BLUE free version of NI’ PCB design integration tool, jointly designed with the Austin-based virtual instruments company. Mouser wouldn’t say if it subsidized this custom-made version to give it free to users or if it was purely designed as a win-win deal between the two companies, but while Mouser will certainly benefit from NI’s large Multisim user base (cumulating over ten thousand circuit designers and about a hundred thousand engineering students), what’s in for National Instrument is added visibility across the distributor’s customer base (over 317,000 and growing at a pace of 800 new customers per day) combined with an easy upgrade path from the free blue version to more complete commercial versions. The custom made PCB design integration tool utilizes the Berkeley SPICE engine and includes a preloaded component library of over 100,000 frequently used components from multiple Mouser databases, that’s five times the number of components available on all of NI’s commercial versions and a convincing argument for engineers willing to have as much flexibility as possible. The tool supports pre-layout design convergence analysis and mixed-signal simulation, and can handle components as complex as BGAs with over 1000 pins on pin-pitches down to 0.8mm. MultiSIM BLUE also provides a 3D visualization of the PCB with no limits on the shape and size of the PCB. The PCB layout function is compatible with standard output file types including Gerber 274X and 274D, DXF, 3D DXF, 3D IGES and IPC-D-356A Netlist for easy design output and verification. Another feature of Mouser’s blue version, the integrated BOM-to-Cart button could save engineers hours on each design as this function automatically populates the shopping cart based on the design, preventing mistakes. One of the limitations of this free tool (versus USD 850 for the Multisim Base version and USD 6000 for the Power Pro version) is the number of components one can design with, limited to 50 parts on a board including two custom parts. “We are negociating with NI to increase that number” told us Mouser’s senior VP of EMEA and APAC Business, Mark Burr-Lonnon during a press conference in London. “We are probably last on the market to offer a free design tool” admitted magnetoresistive sensor ICs, nanopower series The industry’s first Nanopower Anisotropic Magnetoresistive Sensor ICs provide the highest level of magnetic sensitivity (as low as 7 Gauss typical) while requiring nanopower (360 nA). High sensitivity allows design engineers to reduce system costs, while Nanopower allows for use in battery operated equipment with extremely low power requirements. Solid state, non-contact design provides a reliable, durable alternative to reed switches. High sensitivity. Extremely low power. To learn more about Honeywell’s Nanopower Series, visit sensing.honeywell.com, or e-mail: crc.sensingcontroleurope@honeywell.com. © 2014 Honeywell International Inc. All Rights Reserved. 18 Electronic Engineering Times Europe October 2014 www.electronics-eetimes.com


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