Mouser Electronics and National Instruments are teaming up to offer a free software tool aimed at simplifying the process of electronic circuit design.
Announced at NIWeek in Austin, Texas, the new tool will combine access to 100,000 electronic components with a SPICE (simulation program with integrated circuit emphasis) simulation environment. It will be called MultiSIM Blue, the NI MultiSIm Component Evaluator – Mouser Edition, and will launch in September.
”It’s everything all in one tool,” Kevin Hess, vice president of technical marketing for Mouser Electronics, said at a press conference during NIWeek. “You can do schematic capture, simulation, and PCB layout. Most important, you can go from the bill of materials to the cart on Mouser.com."
By collaborating, the two companies say, they see an opportunity to combine their strengths. National Instruments, which has offered MultiSIM for nearly 10 years, has focused on providing interactive simulation, so that designers could better understand how their circuits would operate in the real world. Mouser, meanwhile, offers access to products from more than 500 manufacturers.
“What’s always been a challenge is for us to make sure we always have the latest components from each of the semiconductor manufacturers,” Ray Almgren, vice president of marketing for National Instruments, told Design News. “And Mouser is right in the middle of making decisions on which are the most important parts.”
The tool will incorporate a library of more than 100,000 authorized Mouser components. Its simulation environment will allow for circuit diagrams to be defined with up to 50 components. “This gives the design engineer much more than a datasheet, which in this day and age is archaic,” says Almgren. “So they get a better understanding of their designs.”