Friday, 21 March 2014 14:54
SYDNEY -- Altium today announced a third-party developer partnership with electronic parts search engine developer Octopart. The move will allow Altium Designer users to compare parts across different manufacturers and distributors.
Octopart aggregates and normalizes component data from a number of sources for component search, selection and supply chain needs. Given the amount of lifecycle cost for a new product tied to decisions made during the design phase -- 70 to 80%, Altium says -- having access to such data will reduce end-product cost.
As a first result of the joint activities with Octopart, every Altium Designer user on a current license will get access to a new extension, providing immediate access to electronic components from more than 200 distributors. Every Altium Designer user will be able to search the catalog of component suppliers and distributors from Octopart from inside Altium Designer’s schematic editor, early in the design development process, Altium said.
"We're excited to find in Altium a partner that shares our vision of opening up electronic part data to the world," said Sam Wurzel, CEO of Octopart. "Finding parts is half the battle in the design process. This is a natural fit and we can't wait to empower design engineers building the next generation of hardware."