SAN JOSE, Calif. — An online service for designing printed circuit boards is bolstering its offering, raising questions about the future of online design. Opinions on cloud-based design tools vary widely given most offerings to date have been limited and experimental.
The Upverter Parts Concierge lets engineers request a component be added to an online design in progress. It aims to eliminate the need to copy information from datasheets into a CAD design. The components are created, verified and added to Upverter’s existing database of 1.4 million devices.
It’s the latest of several enhancements from the five-year-old Upverter that employs about 17 people and has taken in a $3 million in funding so far. The service now lets engineers maintain private parts libraries. It also rolled out a new constraints-management feature and enhanced its search engine.
Engineers get two private designs and 20 part requests free for signing up. For $100 per month, they can create an unlimited number of designs and request 20 more parts/month with a $25 charge for each additional part.
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Upverter aims to deliver services that compete with Altium OrCad or Cadence Allegro tools for a fraction of the price. There are dozens of startups “in the whole CAD-meets-cloud space, and there will be a bunch of interesting stuff coming out in the next year,” said Zak Homuth, co-founder and chief executive of Upverter.
Veteran EDA investor Lucio Lanza agrees, but sees market traction further in the distance. “Cloud-based EDA will happen, it’s hard to see the steps but we will get to the performance and privacy engineers need -- analog is the best place to start,” he said.
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Upverter's latest feature automates the process of creating new components in a design.