Component search and find

Premier Farnell has announces Altium and EMA Design Automation have integrated Premier Farnells DesignLink, a new web service environment that provides an electronic interface to major Computer Aid Design (CAD) tools. DesignLink allows electronic designer engineers to immediately search and find parts from within their CAD design environment, without ever having to leave the program. Altium Designer with DesignLink offers engineers the ability to check local prices and delivery as well as vital product attribute information. It will be available to customers globally. Users of Cadences OrCAD in the United States can now see similar information via EMAs Component Information Portal (CIP), a bridge software to Cadences OrCAD tool.

The DesignLink Coupling Interface allows designers to take manufacturers data and use it directly in their schematic without additional research; it interfaces directly with Premier Farnell companies websites product data giving access to over 4,000,000 items from 3,500 leading manufacturers, all with data and pricing in local language and currencies.

As we increase our focus on the needs of the global electronic design engineering segment, expand our online capability and continue to internationalise our business, DesignLink adds another innovative solution from Premier Farnell, which makes us a leading provider of product, information, software and services to meet the needs of our global customers, said Harriet Green, CEO of Premier Farnell. We are excited about DesignLink, and the value it will add for our engineering customers globally in the early product design phase. Like element14, our new online community, DesignLink will give our customers access to significant product data and information.

‘We are very pleased that Altium has embedded DesignLink into Altium Designer, allowing electronic design engineers to search instantly for information and products, said Randall Restle, Director of Global Technical Marketing at Premier Farnell. This new innovation will also allow engineers to find product availability, pricing and even new products for their designs without having to leave their design environment.’

Premier Farnell invites manufacturers of CAD tools to contact them to discuss how they too can implement the DesignLink interface with their design environment. Premier Farnell is rapidly increasing their global capability to interface with a wide range of different CAD platforms as they expand their support to meet the unique needs of their electronic design engineering customers.