Mouser, NI Team Up on Free Design Tool

Charles Murray

August 13, 2014

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Mouser, NI Team Up on Free Design Tool

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"

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."

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Charles Murray

Charles Murray is a former Design News editor and author of the book, Long Hard Road: The Lithium-Ion Battery and the Electric Car, published by Purdue University Press. He previously served as a DN editor from 1987 to 2000, then returned to the magazine as a senior editor in 2005. A former editor with Semiconductor International and later with EE Times, he has followed the auto industry’s adoption of electric vehicle technology since 1988 and has written extensively about embedded processing and medical electronics. He was a winner of the Jesse H. Neal Award for his story, “The Making of a Medical Miracle,” about implantable defibrillators. He is also the author of the book, The Supermen: The Story of Seymour Cray and the Technical Wizards Behind the Supercomputer, published by John Wiley & Sons in 1997. Murray’s electronics coverage has frequently appeared in the Chicago Tribune and in Popular Science. He holds a BS in engineering from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

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