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Featuring XML database that uses ASCII text as format, EAGLE v6.0 allows design changes, importing of design information, and translation from other design formats. Users can read, edit, and parse data outside of EAGLE tool. Program offers optimized work-flow with undo/redo log, and ability to merge board/schematic pairs using copy/paste function with full consistency. Ability to connect pin to multiple pads allows designers to handle components' internal connected pins.

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CadSoft Unveils Version 6.0 of the EAGLE PCB Design Tool

New version delivers major productivity enhancements - CadSoft gives users free upgrades to version 6.0 with "Buy-now"- offer

London - Premier Farnell plc (LSE:pfl), today announced release plans for EAGLE Version 6.0 including details of the many new features being developed for this release and deliver a major step forward in the PCB designer productivity and efficiency. All users purchasing the current version of EAGLE will receive a free upgrade to the version 6.0 release.

CadSoft's EAGLE V6.0 PCB design software will deliver innovations and improvements over previous versions that will allow design engineers significant flexibility and efficiency. The EAGLE V6.0 release features a redesigned XML database structure - the first to use ASCII text as format, which allows quick and easy design changes, importing of design information as well as translation from other design formats.

"The best-selling CAD tool (EAGLE) for PCB design just got better, and we will deliver the latest EAGLE V6 free to new and upgrading customers after release," said Thomas Liratsch, CadSoft's General Manager. "EAGLE V6.0 is agile and intuitive, so design engineers can easily design, replicate, move, transpose, and even copy/paste schematics - saving them time and effort. Simply put, the new release of EAGLE takes designer friendliness and freedom to a whole new experience."

EAGLE V6.0 includes a variety of user-friendly and productivity-enhancing features, such as:

o XML database structure - Read, edit and parse the data outside of the EAGLE tool

o Design reuse - Ability to merge board/schematic pairs using COPY/ PASTE function with full consistency. This supports easy design, for example, of multi-channel devices.

o Routing capability improvements

- Optimised work-flow with an Undo/Redo log to control each step going back or forward

- Flawless conversions between millimetres and inches with increased internal resolution

o Library editor optimisations

- Ability to connect a pin to multiple pads allows designers to handle components' internal connected pins. Compared to previous versions schematic symbols look nicer and you save time in defining them.

- Designers can also draw arbitrary pad shapes easily without any problems with Design Rules Check for such objects.

- EAGLE V6.0 also supports an unlimited number of technologies and package variants - eliminating the need to split a library into two parts.

- File description functionality - You can now individualise your schematics, sheets, boards and symbols with descriptions, so you don't have to open the file in an editor window to see its contents.

Customers who buy or upgrade from a former version to EAGLE V5 from 01 September 2011 can upgrade their software edition and modules for free to EAGLE Version 6.0. For more information please visit

CadSoft's EAGLE PCB design software is also available from element14, Premier Farnell's innovative community for design engineers, bringing Web 2.0 to engineers, along with over 10,000 technical documents and software tools. All versions of EAGLE contain DesignLink, an automated connection between EAGLE and the extensive components database from Premier Farnell. A free trial version is available on

About CadSoft

CadSoft Computer is part of the Premier Farnell Group, one of the world's leading distributors of electronic components, products and services. CadSoft specializes in the development of the popular CAD-Software EAGLE used by design engineers worldwide for over 20 years. EAGLE is a user-friendly, powerful and affordable software for efficient circuit board design (PCB design) and combines the modules schematic editor, layout editor and autorouter on one single interface. Shared Open Source User Language Programs (ULPs) guarantee maximum flexibility by enabling various features, such as simulation, realization of individual instruction sequences, data export and import. DesignLink feature provides access to data and prices on over 4 million products from Newark, Farnell and element 14. EAGLE users benefit from free support through dedicated experts, active customer forums, the EAGLE community on element 14, webinars and training on demand.

EAGLE is available for Linux®, Mac® and Windows®.

About element14

Launched in June 2009, element14 is the first, innovative information portal and eCommunity specifically built for electronic design engineers. It provides product data, design tools and technology information, whilst incorporating Web 2.0 functionality to facilitate communication, interaction, collaboration and information sharing between colleagues around the world. Users can consult experts, discover trends, post blogs, articles and comments in this world-wide forum.

Since its launch element14 has surpassed all of the targets set, has garnered overwhelmingly positive feedback from customers and suppliers alike, and is now attracting more than 24,000 visitors a week with new user profiles created each day.

element14 is an innovative offering from Premier Farnell plc (LSE:pfl), FTSE 250, a leader in multi-channel distribution and specialty services for electronic design engineers throughout Europe, the Americas and Asia Pacific. It has a stocked range of 450,000+ products, and access to 4,000,000 more items from 3,500 top manufacturers. The company has group sales of £990.8m and over 4,100 employees globally.

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About Premier Farnell

Premier Farnell plc is leading the way in the high service, multi-channel provision of essential products, information, software and technology solutions to electronic design engineers, maintenance and repair engineers and purchasing professionals globally. Its differentiated proposition includes 29 local language transactional websites, and the critically important element14 ecommunity for design engineers - an industry first ( With sales last year of £990.8m and underlying profits of £93.3m the Group distributes its comprehensive portfolio of products and services throughout Europe, North America and Asia Pacific, supported by a global supply chain of over 3,500 suppliers and an inventory profile developed to anticipate and meet its customers' needs. Recently awarded Platinum status by the Business in the Community Corporate Responsibility Index the business takes its CSR commitments very seriously.

While global in scope, Premier Farnell recognises the individual needs of each market and has continued to internationalise its model accordingly, trading locally under different brand names. Its primary electronics businesses trade as Farnell in Europe, Newark in the US, Canada and Mexico and Farnell Newark in Brazil. Across Asia Pacific the business trades as element14.

Key facts

o Operations in 35 different countries

o 4,100 employees

o Over 2 million customer contacts in 156 industries

o Over 3,500 leading suppliers

o Over 400,000 products stocked with access to over four million more on demand

o Global leader in legislation RoHS, WEEE, REACH

For more information visit the website at Premier Farnell.

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