SAN JOSE, Calif.--Semiconductor company NXP has had its engineering workbench iPad app approved by Apple and launched in the App store.
The app, in beta since early February of this year, follows hot on the heels of NXPís smartphone product inventory app, which was designed to help engineers find relevant parts for their projects, including product specs, datasheets and application diagrams.
The latest iteration iPad app, however, goes a step further, allowing engineers to put together full projects using available components, store and easily share them via social networking sites.
Other features of the app include being able to buy products via distributors, drag and drop favorite documents and pages into projects, share entire projects and details via email and social media, find sales offices and lists of distributors and read product news, press releases and see videos.
ďOur new NXP Tech bench allows engineers to create a personalized workbench to search, cluster and store NXP design information in self defined project sections,Ē said NXPís VP of marketing and communications, Sander Arts, noting that over 10.000 products, applications and documents were available.
The NXP Tech Bench was developed by NXPís mobile marketing and web solutions team and BETA tested with more than 35 engineers.
What a great tool for the system designer. Now, we need one for the IC chip designer. Oh wait, there is one! Our friends over at ChipEstimate calls it InCyte Chip Estimator. On a PC now, how much would it take to make it an iPad app?
Sharp remark......by offering app notes, user manuals and other specs as well I would say it qualifies as more then just our catalog. And yes it's about NXP parts right now, but we'll also open it up for you to work with your own documents in our app for sure. Integrating design (simulation) tools is up next. Getting there....
Always interested in any suggestions to make life more easy for engineers working with us....
I understand the product catalog app, but this new one just seems like an extension of that -- allowing you to put together a bill of materials for a complete system...as long as the system only requires parts from NXP.
I think it's cool what NXP is doing with iOS and Android apps that make it easy for engineers to select NXP parts, but really these are just product catalogs. It's a bit of marketing stretch to call this an "engineering workbench."