Altium is looking to use its cloud-based PCB design tool to extend into system design.
Nexar is a cloud-based partner platform designed to connect the users of the Altium 365 PCB design tool with the software, component suppliers, and manufacturers of smart connected products.
This comes as distributors such as Digi-Key are adding PCB services, and Siemens Digital Industries launches a cloud-based PCB service that can cut board re-spins.
Over 5,000 companies and 11,000 users have already adopted the Altium 365 cloud platform for electronics design. Altium sees Nexar as a way to make an ecosystem of software and services available to Altium 365 users. Early adopters of Nexar include Frontline PCB, Arduino and Adlink Technology.
“Altium is committed to making our vision for industry transformation a reality,” said Ted Pawela, Chief Ecosystem Officer at Altium. “Design, supply chain, and manufacturing stakeholders today operate largely in isolation from one another. By bringing them together on a collaborative, cloud platform, we have the opportunity to dramatically accelerate the industry’s ability to introduce new products.”
Nexar’s open API include integrating with Altium 365 and Altium NEXUS; presenting reliable, up-to-date component data from the Octopart search engine, and embedding ready to use “embeds” such as the Altium 365 ECAD viewer on web pages or within an application.
Altium is aiming to have a range of software companies, board makers and Electronic Manufacturing Service (EMS) companies as well as component distributors and manufacturers and engineering service providers. The software companies cover functions for ECAD, MCAD, CAE, PLM, and ERP.
While these categories are anticipated, there are no restrictions on who can become a Nexar ecosystem partner, and no costs involved. “Our goal is to build a vibrant ecosystem of customers and partners who benefit from each other’s participation,” said Pawela. “We are doing everything possible to make the experience of joining this ecosystem frictionless.”
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