Design online

Pioneer-Standard Electronics is collaborating with companies including National Semiconductor and Vishay Intertechnology in a bid to revolutionise the design cycle for engineering power supplies.

The collaboration between Pioneer-Standard and National Semiconductor aims to create a seamless design and prototyping extranet.

The new virtual engineering environment will debut in early January 2001, on MyPioneer.com and POWER.NATIONAL.COM and may eliminate time-consuming research for needed electronic components, shorten design time and reduce prototype component fulfilment for power supply designs.

‘This ground-breaking collaboration among industry leaders will allowengineers to design, simulate and fulfil the most critical component ofelectronic devices — the power supply — all online and in real time,’ said Tom Pitera, Pioneer-Standard Electronics Industrial Electronics Division (IED) president.

Constructing a prototype, procuring parts and fabricating printed circuit boards are said to be challenging and time-intensive steps in the power supply design cycle, but the online service will allow users to design a power supply prototype in days rather than weeks.

‘This online service will provide customers with a unique end-to-endtool set for designing power supplies. Never before has an online design tool been so fast and easy to use,’ said Patrick Brockett, executive vice president, National Semiconductor Analogue Products Group.

Pioneer-Standard, National Semiconductor and Vishay Intertechnology will officially launch the suite of virtual power design tools in early January 2001.