Design hub makes reference designs more approachable
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Avent’s 24/7 access to customizable schematics, layouts and bill of materials (BOM) included
Avnet Inc. just made thousands of customizable reference designs easily accessible to engineers in the Americas with the launch of its new self-service online tool, Design Hub. Powered by AVAIL, the online engineering tool provides a vast reference design library that helps designers develop system-level solutions quickly and easily any time of day. The tool leverages more than 70,000 solutions to common design problems. These solutions are automatically loaded into the engineer’s design based on their specific requirements.
“Research shows that 80% of engineers use datasheets, application notes, reference designs and block diagrams to begin their new designs,” said Art Leitherer, vice president of Global Technology and Solutions, Avnet. “All of that research takes time, and if what they are looking for is new to them, asking the right questions to find the data can be challenging as well. Ultimately, it helps engineers create their designs faster by giving them visibility to products that are actually available and the knowledge to put them to use.”
Design Hub makes it easy for engineers to understand and access the information needed to get a project started. They can also customize and personalize information in a self-service tool that’s available 24/7. To help accelerate designs, engineers can make modifications and save work, determine if an idea or design can work within constraints, generate the documentation needed to jump start a project and feel comfortable knowing the information is secure through Avnet’s single sign on for customers.
Engineers will walk away with documentation including preliminary schematics and layouts as well as a bill of materials (BOM) for the design. It can even connect to CAD tools. This means the lifecycle status for all parts and overall BOM health will be available up front to ensure available parts are used in the design. Users can add parts to a quote or shopping cart or download the complete BOM with a single click.
“Our latest research shows that engineers are leaning into their distributor relationships now more than ever. Design Hub allows us to add value to that distribution relationship,” explained Leitherer. “Before Design Hub, finding the right reference design was time consuming. Engineers had to search through a ton of supplier websites before finding what they needed.”