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Newark Electronics and Eagle CAD - Interesting

So, I just read that Newark purchased Cadsoft Eagle. I guess it's probably old news to everyone but me. The press release about it that Newark posted on their website Element 14, has a date of August 13. I find this purchase to be an interesting development and I don't quite know what it means, or if it means anything.

I guess partnering is becoming a trend. Certainly, we're involved in some good partnerships (Sunstone, Digikey, NXP, National Instruments) and Sunstone's PCB123 connects up with DigiKey parts. It does make sense. The engineer's job has just gotten more difficult with this recession and the ensuing reduction in support staff. That's pretty much what our ECOsystem partnership is all about - taking the disparate tasks involved in getting a prototype built up and reducing the steps and complexity involved in the process.

The Eagle / Newark deal does have me very curious. For one, I hope the CadSoft folks got a good deal. Their product has done a lot toward lowering the barriers to electronics design and they deserve a lot for that. The big questions are for the future. Will Eagle remain as accessible as it is? Will Newark throw a lot of resources into it and keep it moving forward? Will it get good attention or will it be treated as an impulse buy and not be given focus or direction? Hmmm...

Duane Benson
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Thanks for the note, Ally. I'll check out the article on Element-14.

Hi Duane,

Good blog, and you are right, partnering has become a strong trend in the industry. I know we have developed partnerships with Altium and other CAD manufacturers.

I work for Premier Farnell, the group who bought CadSoft and also owns Newark, Farnell, element14 and Premier Electronics. I can assure you that CadSoft will continue to be developed and supported.

For more information, a statement on the purchase, and a chance to put your own views forward on how you'd like to see Eagle software develop in the future, you can check out this thread on element14, http://www.element-14.com/community/message/2547

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