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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
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  • Integrated PCB Design and Prototyping (CadSoft)
    9th May 2012; 3pm BST/ 10am EST
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  • Test and Verification: The defining moment (Tektronix)
    23rd May 2012; 3pm BST/ 10am EST
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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.

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.


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

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

Visit element14 at

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.”
*Terms and conditions:

Prototype Production Voucher from Eurocircuits


If you purchase EAGLE Version 6 Professional or Standard within the period between the 27th of Feb 2012 and the 1st of May 2012 and if you are one of the first 400 registering on you will receive a 30 EUR (excl. VAT) voucher for your prototype production at Eurocircuits.

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Winner of the “smartest EAGLE”

We would like to thank everybody who has sent us his ULP and participate in the ULP competition “the smartest EAGLE”.  After the evaluation of all submissions we have identified the winner:

snap2grid.ulp by Dave Billin
Snap2grid snaps the origins of parts in the current selected group to a specified grid. It is handy for initial placement of parts in a new board design. This ULP can be called from any of the EAGLE editors (board, schematic, package, etc.), though not all elements can be snapped.

Dave’s ULP has convinced due to the very comprehensive description, the usage of dialogues , the very well documentation and the value for EAGLE users.

Top EAGLE Resellers rewarded for their success

CadSoft awards its top resellers in APAC, Americas and Europe
London, 8 February 2012. CadSoft, owners of the market leading EAGLE PCB design software, has today acknowledged the efforts of three resellers who have significantly contributed to the success of the product.
CadSoft has recognised Stratford Digital (USA, Canada), CADware (Czech Republic) and Circuit Boards Service (Japan) as Resellers of the Year.
“We are pleased to have Stratford Digital, CADware and Circuits Boards Service as value added resellers. These partners contribute significantly to EAGLE’s success and the EAGLE community in general,” states Thomas Liratsch, General Manager of CadSoft.
Besides being the first North American distributor to offer online sales of EAGLE licenses, Stratford Digital also offers custom tools, training, and design services for many of our EAGLE customers. The free web-interface that they maintain at provides a great service to the EAGLE community.

CADware has been successfully selling CAM- / CAE- Software and plotters for board manufacturing for over 18 years. EAGLE benefits from their experience and from the close relationship to this Czech company that also publishes its own electronic magazine – DPS.
Circuit Boards Service has established EAGLE in the Japanese market and, thanks to their sales and regional marketing engagement, Japan is now one of the key markets for CadSoft in the Asia Pacific region. Circuit Boards Service focuses on plotters for PCB fabrication, professional CAD Software and automatic test equipment.
EAGLE Version 6 is a professional-grade CAD tool for electronic designers. It is fully functional on Windows, Linux, and Mac platforms with files being completely interchangeable. A fair licensing model and reasonable cost, with free lifetime support and no annual maintenance costs, make EAGLE version 6 great value for all kinds of companies.

Chinese manual and tutorial available now

Meet us at the Embedded World in Nuremberg

28 Feb – 1 March 2012; Hall5 / Booth 236


  • Experience live demos of the very latest Embedded Technology from leading manufacturers
  • Take advantage of our technical sessions
  • Meet our experts and invited guests
    • CAD Design Expert: Richard Hammerl, Tech Support Manager, CadSoft EAGLE
    • RTOS Expert: Jean Labrosse, CEO, Micrium
    • Development Tools Expert: GuoRui Zhang, – Deputy GM of Embest Technology
    • Discover our innovative offering for your applications

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V6 EAGLE TUTORIAL: Introduction of the EAGLE Control Panel

To read the introduction of the EAGLE V6 Control Panel please follow the link

EAGLE Version 6.1 is released

EAGLE Version 6.1 is a bugfix-release. Besides fixing the CAM-problem of version 6.0 further optimizations were carried out.

For more details please download the release notes

CadSoft launches EAGLE version 6

A new version of the award winning PCB Design Software creates even more efficiency and productivity

12 December 2011 – London, CadSoft Computer GmbH, a part of Premier Farnell plc (LSE:pfl), today announces the launch of version 6 of its easy-to-use ‘EAGLE’ PCB software for professional board design.

CadSoft EAGLE Version 6 is available to buy from today and focuses on flexibility and enabling users to save time by optimizing and integrating new features such as BGA escape routing, differential pair routing, automatic meanders and undo/redo logs. Additionally this latest software provides automatic layout dimension, assembly variants, cut out polygons, and the design reuse feature to merge board/schematic pairs using the PASTE function with full consistency.

EAGLE Version 6 not only helps in the design of a board, but also saves designers time by providing direct connections to experienced, high-quality PCB manufacturers for fast quotes on PCB fabrication. In North America customers can connect with Pentalogix, for European customers Eurocircuits is your reliable partner to get your prototype produced by mouse click, through The Knode on element14.

Flexibility and productivity are also achieved through User Language Programs (ULPs) for customization and feature enhancement, such as 3D-visualization, simulation and data-export. Hundreds of ULPs, project designs and part libraries to accelerate the design process are available through CadSoft EAGLE’s download centre at

CadSoft EAGLE users can also benefit in their design process from Accelerated Design’s Ultra Librarian to quickly create parts, symbols and footprints that can be exported to various PCB design flows. The Ultra Librarian tools integrate Premier Farnell’s DesignLink, an integrated tool, which offers a streamlined method to do component research by allowing a designer to transparently interface to the search engine of their regional supplier without leaving the design environment.

“This is a landmark day for our award-winning CadSoft Eagle PCB software with the launch of version 6,” said Thomas Liratsch, CadSoft’s General Manager. “EAGLE v6.0 will make the lives of design engineers even easier – saving them time and effort. Simply put, the new release of EAGLE takes designer friendliness and freedom to a whole new experience.”

Users can check out all new features on of CadSoft EAGLE version 6 at or at The Knode on element14.

EAGLE offers new component libraries from Wurth electronics Midcom

New Wurth part library now available for more efficiency in the design process

30 November 2011 – London, CadSoft Computer GmbH, a part of Premier Farnell plc (LSE:pfl), has paired with Wurth Electronics Midcom Inc., a company owned by Würth Elektronik, to release its EAGLE part library that includes drawings for their standard magnetics lines and also for all the Speedy and Standard package styles used in custom designs. With worldwide presence through Würth’s technical sales force they support product design from concept to manufacture, regardless of location.

The library is available via and also includes a standard Magnetics library containing standard packages, new product offerings and Speedy Design Service parts along with basic part information with datasheet links.

“Wurth Electronics Midcom is always searching for ways to provide “More than you expect” service to our customers. We feel that providing EAGLE libraries for all of our standard components makes the design process simpler and quicker”, said Dean Huumala, Product Marketing Manager, Wurth Electronics Midcom.

“The Wurth library can be integrated into EAGLE and is a ready to use tool to optimise customer’s productivity. Besides that many more third party PCB component libraries, design projects and User Language Programs (ULPs) for feature enhancement, such as simulation, 3D-visualisation, data export and import are available through the CadSoft website”, said Thomas Liratsch, General Manager of CadSoft.

(Deutsch) Hochschule Bochum gewinnt Design Award für SolarWorld GT

Sorry, this entry is only available in Deutsch.

Version 6: Now in beta testing!

CadSoft invites EAGLE users to participate in testing of EAGLE version 6.

We suggest that only users who already have experience with previous versions of EAGLE participate in the beta test.

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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

19th October 2011, 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:
•XML database structure – Read, edit and parse the data outside of the EAGLE tool
•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.
•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
•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

Eurocircuits PCB service: ULP available now!

EAGLE not only helps you design your board, but also saves you time by providing direct connections to experienced, high-quality PCB manufacturers for fast quotes on PCB fabrication. For customers using EAGLE version 5.10 or higher CadSoft offers a ULP. After downloading this ULP customers can integrate it into their existing 5.10 or 5.11 license and use the direct connection to Eurocircuits. Customers with former EAGLE versions (older than 5.10) can update their EAGLE license at In Version 6 the Eurocircuits-ULP will already be integrated. No download will be necessary.

Download the Eurocircuits-ULP now!

EAGLE Simulation


Eagle’up is a simple collection of tools that allow you to:

  • Import in SketchUp the layout of your board with precise placement of the components
  • Generate a realistic image for the board faces
  • Edit the model of your design, add an enclosure, stack multiple boards
  • Rotate and zoom in your 3D Eagle model with complete freedom

B2 Spice v5

B2 Spice imports your analog, digital, and mixed mode circuits from EAGLE and allows you to run simulations.

CadSoft launches new content rich website, ideal for searching for the latest EAGLE PCB design software, forums, webinars and much more

New product selector allows easy configuration of EAGLE licenses with a quick purchase option using credit card through PayPal or by invoice.

In line with the company’s focus on providing solutions to design engineers, driving business to the web and growth in emerging markets, Premier Farnell plc (LSE:pfl), has announced that CadSoft Computer GmbH has launched a new content rich website. The new website, (for USA:, hosts the latest version of the award – winning EAGLE software, the best selling CAD tool of its kind, with the new “DesignLink” functionality.

With manuals for download, forums for discussion, the latest FAQs, video tutorials and webinars offered in English, French, German, Spanish and Chinese, the new website will demonstrate all the capabilities of the EAGLE software for design engineers, from the basics of PCB design and layout to specialist topics. Visitors can download libraries, ULP’s (User language programs for EAGLE enhancement) and projects created and uploaded by our large user community and CadSoft itself. Individual licenses that fill the customers need can be configured with the new product selector and purchased directly via credit card or invoice.

The 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.

“The design and launch of our new website provides an improved platform to help our customers in their design process and show them all services we offer, such as the PCB Service and DesignLink.” said Thomas Liratsch, CadSoft’s General Manager. “The website now provides an easy and efficient way to learn how to use the EAGLE software for basic and advanced users.Our customers canalso visit CadSoft’s active forums, where the community can exchange tips and experts give support and advice on EAGLE software questions, all this for free.”

EAGLE – Following the sun around the world

22 June 2011, Bochum – The SolarCar-Team of the University of Applied Sciences in Bochum – one of CadSoft’s sponsorships – has presented its new Solar World GT. A car with around 5 PS and 300kg of weight reaching a top speed of 120 km/h. An amazing result for a car using only the energy of the sun through solar panels on the roof.

“Each module you can imagine, starting with a simple power adaptor via the motor control module up to the battery management system developed in-house, is developed by us using EAGLE. In this case, EAGLE is a one-stop solution. Firstly, it can be used to create circuit plans and layouts, ranging from simple to complex. EAGLE makes it child’s play to optimize the size of the board or the general arrangement of components. Since elements such as the required training period and efficiency (one program for all) are our top priority, and the set-up has allowed all students, even those without any previous knowledge, to get to grips with the operation in just a few hours, the EAGLE software
package from CadSoft has become a standard tool, which we cannot do without.”
Felix Burmeister, Head of Students, E-Technik, SolarCar-Team.

The University of Bochum is convinced of EAGLE’s quality and has started this semester with seminars on EAGLE, which have already established as a “must have” for students in electrical engineering.

Also North-Rhine Westphalia’s Minister of Science and Research – Svenja Schulze – was excited about the Solar World GT and has complemented the engagement of sponsors, who have made this project realizable. The world tour on which they will compete on all continents against international university teams in the Solar Challenge will start in October in Australia and last over 18 months. We wish good luck and cross our fingers.

Premier Farnell and CadSoft announces free webinar workshops to enhance design engineers use of EAGLE PCB Design Software

Sessions will address general manufacturing data, multi-level board design, component design and much more to assist users of EAGLE

In line with the company’s focus on providing solutions to design engineers, driving business to the web and growth in emerging markets, Premier Farnell plc (LSE:pfl), has announced that it will host 24 separate live webinar workshops to present the latest developments of the award-winning CadSoft’s EAGLE PCB design software. With sessions offered in English, French, German, Spanish and Chinese, these workshops will demonstrate the capabilities of the EAGLE software for design engineers, from the basics of PCB design and layout to specialist topics covering; generating manufacturing data, designing multi-layered boards and looking at various libraries and overall component designs.

element14 offers PCB Fabrication Service to streamline design cycle through partnership with Pentalogix

Service provides design engineers and enthusiasts with instant quotes on element14’s global community and quick delivery of manufactured boards

To further support the design process from concept to prototype, element14, the first collaborative engineering community and electronics store for design engineers and electronics enthusiasts, today announced a partnership with leading printed circuit board (PCB) manufacturer Pentalogix, to offer its PCB Fabrication Service on element14’s electronics community. This cost-effective service, available at further streamlines the design cycle for engineers and electronics enthusiasts, offering instant, customized quotes and fast, high-quality board delivery for prototype PCB implementation. (more…)

CadSoft Computer GmbH announces new strategic partnership with Tactron Elektronik to resell EAGLE, the Best selling CAD Tool of its kind, in Germany, Austria and Switzerland

Session will include introduction to EAGLE software and how create schematics using DesignLink

Farnell, the leading multi-channel distributor of electronic and industrial components, and CadSoft, the developer of the bestselling CAD tool of its kind, EAGLE, will co-host a webcast entitled ‘Schematic and Layout Design with EAGLE’ on Jan 26, 2011, from 3-4 pm CET. To register, visit:

“We are very glad to announce this joint CadSoft/Farnell webinar to demonstrate to our customers not only the state-of-the-art functionality of our EAGLE software but also the latest developments with DesignLink,” said Thomas Liratsch, CadSoft’s General Manager. “With the successful launch of EAGLE v5.11 in December, we decided to host this webinar for a wider audience of electronic design engineers who’d like to familiarize themselves with EAGLE or learn more about DesignLink functionality.” (more…)

Premier Farnell and Embest bring EAGLE, the award winning and best selling CAD software to China

Premier Farnell plc (LSE:pfl), the leading multi-channel, high service electronics distributor supporting millions of engineers and purchasing professionals globally, announces CadSoft GmbH, a trading division of Premier Farnell, has partnered with Embest to jointly launch CadSoft’s EAGLE, the award winning software and the best selling Computer-aided Design (CAD) tool of its kind now available for use in the Chinese market. This global, tried and tested software will help Chinese engineers develop CADs using the latest technology, helping them to improve product designs, efficiency and time to market. The Chinese version of EAGLE automatically installs Mandarin versions of the manual, as well as a tutorial on computers where it is the default language. (more…)

Join the exclusive Farnell and CadSoft Webcast on Schematic and Layout Design with EAGLE

Session will include introduction to EAGLE software and how create schematics using DesignLink

Farnell, the leading multi-channel distributor of electronic and industrial components, and CadSoft, the developer of the bestselling CAD tool of its kind, EAGLE, will co-host a webcast entitled ‘Schematic and Layout Design with EAGLE’ on Jan 26, 2011, from 3-4 pm CET. To register, visit:

Best selling CAD Tool of its kind, EAGLE, now allows instant price check and availability, enabling design engineers to automatically add parts to a shopping cart directly from a schematic

CadSoft Computer GmbH, a fully owned subsidiary of Premier Farnell plc (LSE:pfl), the leading multi-channel, high service distributor, has announced the launch of EAGLE software version 5.11. This latest version of the award – winning EAGLE software, the best selling CAD tool of its kind, incorporates new “DesignLink” functionality, giving electronic design engineers (EDEs) automatic search through element 14, with online check of pricing and availability, as well as access to the latest data. Set-up and save options are now available for individual order lists for schematics, with a simple function to add the list to a shopping cart. All EAGLE manufacturer libraries are now supplied with order codes and in addition, users can now transfer quote parameters to element14 to get a quote for manufacturing a PCB designed with EAGLE.

Acquisition of CadSoft Computer GmbH

Premier Farnell announces that it has acquired the entire issued share capital
of CadSoft Computer GmbH, a leading German-based developer and supplier of
specialist computer aided design (CAD) software for design engineers and the
business of CadSoft Computer Inc., in the US. (more…)