Free design tools including PCB software, reviews and information provide an authoritative design environment for engineers
Oxford, UK, 5 July 2010 - RS Components today
announced the launch of DesignSpark, the centrepiece of its
initiative to provide an authoritative online design environment
for engineers. DesignSpark is an online gateway that gives
engineers trusted and reliable information and resources, bringing
together design information, user generated reviews and new
free-of-charge tools to speed up the design process.
Developed in partnership with FreshNetworks, a leader in social
media development, the site can be accessed at www.designspark.com, and
is being launched initially in English, German, Chinese and
Japanese, with further language versions to follow throughout
Glenn Jarrett, Head of Electronics Marketing at RS Components
commented "DesignSpark cuts through the mass of inconsistently
presented design information on the internet, providing engineers
with a reliable gateway to information, reviews and resources they
can trust at every stage in the design process. DesignSpark is more
than just a website, it provides the electronic engineering
community with an environment where they can not only find design
tips and reviews that help inform the start of new designs, but
also connect with partners, exchange ideas and contribute to a
variety of valuable information sources available from across the
internet which are relevant for the whole design cycle."
A major feature of DesignSpark is a library of independent
reviews for development kits and evaluation platforms, provided by
engineers, for engineers. This feature will allow users to post
comments and star ratings for each kit. Initially, it will cover a
range of up to 1100 microcontroller, microprocessor, analogue and
FPGA development kits, with new kits being regularly added.
DesignSpark also gives users' access to a dedicated Design
Centre, containing technology tips and hints posted by DesignSpark
members. The centre will keep engineers up-to-date with the latest
design trends, as well as containing links to the range of RS
website tools, making component selection and integration into
design software packages fast and simple.
The partner portal has been specifically created in order to
allow DesignSpark members to connect with companies and individuals
who can help provide information, support or resources that will
enable faster design development. Featured partners already include
a mix of component manufacturers, design consultants and contract
electronics manufacturers, with new partners being added on a daily
DesignSpark also offers free-of charge access for members to a
range of design tools, hosted in the Spark Store. Included in the
store is the first of a range of new tools launched by RS,
DesignSpark PCB; a fully featured PCB design tool. Visitors simply
need to register as a DesignSpark member to unlock the full
functionality of DesignSpark PCB.
DesignSpark PCB comes with a component library that can be
extended and shared - through DesignSpark - with other engineers.
Details of the components used from the library form the basis of
the Bill of Materials generated by DesignSpark PCB. This can then
be used to create an order or quotation request through the usual
RS web portals.
As part of an ongoing commitment to deliver an unrivalled
authoritative design environment for its customers, RS launched
three new platforms in May this year. Component Chooser - the
world's largest and most extensive parametric search engine of
electronic components, the introduction of 20,000 downloadable 3D
CAD models onto its website and a strengthened Embedded Development
Platform (EDP) product line which enables rapid prototyping and
proof-of-concept through a new partnership with ARM to target
microprocessors based on the mbed virtual development
The new platforms launched today, DesignSpark and DesignSpark
PCB, are available to any engineer at www.designspark.com.
Users will be invited to register in order to join DesignSpark and
have access to thousands of development kit reviews, design centre
information and free applications in the Spark Store, as well as
connecting with other engineers and online resources supporting new
About RS Components
RS Components is the trading brand of Electrocomponents plc, the
world's largest distributor of electronics and maintenance
products. The Group serves nearly 1.5 million customers worldwide.
Through operations in 27 countries and 17 warehouses, RS
distributes 500,000 products from over 2,500 suppliers. The Group
has an annual turnover of over £972 million and is listed on the
London Stock Exchange. For more details on the Group please visit
the corporate website (www.electrocomponents.com).
Tel: +44 1865 207464