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Race to the Moon – CadSoft Partner live in TV

The Part Time Scientists - using an EAGLE license sponsored by CadSoft – participate as one of 26 teams at Google Lunar X PRIZE. Their latest prototype of the Asimov R3 Rover will be presented live in the German TV Show SternTV today on RTL at 10:15 pm CEST.

The Google Lunar X PRIZE is igniting a new era of lunar exploration by offering the largest international incentive prize of all time. A total of $30 million in prizes are available to the first privately funded teams to safely land a robot on the surface of the Moon, have that robot travel 500 meters over the lunar surface, and send video, images and data back to the Earth.

Posted: 28/03/12

Tips and Tricks: Join the Design Flow Series

The Design Flow Series webinars share knowledge and know-how with engineers from some of the world’s leading software, semiconductor and electronics companies.  The practical ‘how to’ advice is structured around the electronics design flow from specification through assembled prototype and is delivered by practising engineers who are experts in their field.

Join the inititial series:

  • Programming the Raspberry Pi
    4th April 2012; 3pm BST/10am EST
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  • Application Design (Microchip)
    11th April 2012; 3pm BST/10am EST
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  • RTOS Selection and Integration (Micrium)
    25th April 2012; 3pm BST/ 10am EST
    Read more
  • Integrated PCB Design and Prototyping (CadSoft)
    9th May 2012; 3pm BST/ 10am EST
    Read more
  • Test and Verification: The defining moment (Tektronix)
    23rd May 2012; 3pm BST/ 10am EST
    Read more

Posted: 23/03/12

Redesigned download pages and EAGLE user profiles

The EAGLE download pages are now even more userfreindly, interactive and visible.

  • See number of file downloads
  • Visit user profiles of ”Uploaders”
  • Rate uploaded files
  • See the most recently uploaded files
  • Search for files

User profiles are now necessary to upload files. Nevertheless it is optional how many information you enter. User profiles are accessible for all visitors of the downloadpages and include links to all your uploaded files, which enables you to get your “download-fans” updated on your recent activities.

Posted: 19/03/12

EAGLE wins Elektronik’s “Product of the Year 2012″-award

16th of March 2012 – CadSoft’s EAGLE was first placed in the category “ Product of the Year – Engineer Software 2012”  at the award ceremony of the German magazine Elektronik in Munich.

“We are very honored that the Elektronik readers have again voted for us, which shows their trust and loyality, since EAGLE has received this award for the seventh time. We would like to thank all EAGLE users who have voted for us and we promise to continue to listen to the needs and suggestions of our users to make EAGLE even more attractive for Design Engineers.”, said Thomas Liratsch, General Manager of CadSoft Computer GmbH.

Posted: 19/03/12


A new EAGLE version 6 tutorial explaing how to create a project and to draw a schematic is available now:

Create a project and start drawing schematics (PDF; English)

For further tutorials visit the tutorial area

Posted: 08/03/12

EAGLE PCB Design tool offers 3D visualisation for complex board design

EagleUp utility lets design engineers create and share 3D virtual prototypes before expensive real-world prototyping decision are made.

In a move to empower PCB design engineers to create virtual prototype designs, element14 has launched the EagleUp 3D design converter, enabling design engineers to export 2D layouts from CadSoft’s EAGLE PCB design software into Google SketchUp to create accurate 3D prototype simulations. As electronic products become slimmer and more ergonomic, modern PCBs have increasingly complex layouts and outlines that need to be mapped very accurately during the design process.

With pressure to shorten time-to-market for new products, the one-click export feature of EagleUp speeds-up PCB design by creating a realistic image of the PCB, which can be closely examined for accuracy and modification, can prove extremely valuable. The 3D model allows designers to combine multiple boards in the same model to check for misaligned connectors and ‘collisions’ of tall components. The model can also be used to evaluate airflow around devices, and the accessibility of test and mounting points. Designers can also convert mechanical models from STEP and IGES available on the manufacturers’ websites. The final SketchUp model can be exported to other MCAD tools in STEP format, if necessary. EagleUp is written as an EAGLE ULP (User Language Program), enabling customisation to specific design needs. The EAGLE ULP scripting language is simple (C-type syntax) and offers access to all the information about the layout. The import plugin in SketchUp is written with the built-in Ruby script. All source codes are also available. All the tools necessary for EagleUp can be downloaded free of charge for Windows and Mac OS platforms from

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Posted: 07/03/12

CadSoft and Eurocircuits Deliver One-Click Integration between PCB Design and Prototyping


Partnership strengthens technology and commercial agreements to drive productivity and time-to-market efficiencies for PCB designers
Exhibiting at Embedded World, Nuremberg, CadSoft Computer GmbH has reinforced its commitment to PCB design interoperability and customer productivity by strengthening its technology integration and commercial partnership with Eurocircuits.  From the EAGLE graphical user interface (GUI) PCB designers can access the Eurocircuits PCB prototyping service with a single click, saving time, money and effort.  Eurocircuits are now a pan-European reseller for the EAGLE PCB design solution.
The development builds on the existing collaboration with Eurocircuits announced in October last year, that brought together PCB solutions that span the design and layout, component integration and prototyping phases of the embedded design flow. 
Thomas Liratsch, General Manager CadSoft Computer GmbH, commented: “After the successful launch of our partnership with Eurocircuits we have delivered a quick, easy and direct connection between board layout and the Eurocircuits PCB prototyping service.  In parallel we are exploiting the commercial synergies between our two companies, synergies that directly deliver benefit for our mutual customers across Europe.”
To celebrate the announcement, and only for the duration of the Embedded World, Nuremberg, the first 400 customers who purchase EAGLE version 6 Professional or Standard, will benefit from reduced pricing with Eurocircuits*.
Dirk Stans, founder and sales and marketing director of Eurocircuits added: “As a PCB manufacturer we would like to offer our customers a solution that ensures that not only their boards can be produced at a high level, but also designed with reliable, professional software. EAGLE is one of the market leading PCB design software solutions in its range, so it has not only convinced me, but also tens of thousands of users all around the world.”
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Posted: 05/03/12