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