In line with Premier Farnell group’s focus on providing engineering design solutions, driving business to the web and growth in emerging markets, element14 recently announced the launch of the element14 knode, a revolutionary online electronic engineering design platform that focuses exclusively on the needs of electronic design engineers.
The element14 knode provides one interface to a world of engineering design solutions. It supports the complete design flow from concept to final production and uniquely enables engineers to research, design, develop and prototype manufacture in a single, intelligent environment.
The result is products getting to market more quickly, and by automating the configuration of product design flow solutions, valuable engineering resources are increasingly focused on application design and IP creation.
In the course of creating electronic products, design engineers visit multiple sites to gather relevant technical information and to begin assembling the correct hardware and software solutions for their design. In a world first, this interactive design automation platform provides a single on-line platform for performing all of these activities.
Based on an engineer’s initial specification the element14 knode automates the creation of explicit dependencies and inter-relationships with other system level components to quickly build a custom design flow - whether it be development kits, design tools, operating systems and stacks, Intellectual Property or services such as PCB design and manufacture. These have all been integrated into one convenient place: the element14 knode - KNOwledge for Design Engineers.
“The element14 knode offers a world of solutions in one single interface and is another exciting industry first for us offering a new and different approach to engineering design solutions. Innovation is vital for electronic design engineers and as their partner in innovation, we are re-defining the delivery of the solutions they need,” says Harriet Green, CEO of Premier Farnell.
The services offered in the element14 knode v1.0 release include:
- search automation and configuration for project specific design flows
- development platforms and kits
- operating systems and stacks
- development and CAD tools
- PCB services and test solutions
- an online ‘Learning Centre’.