25 years of CadSoft


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To celebrate CadSoft turning 25, we surveyed engineers involved in the field of PCB design to get a snapshot of the industry trends in 2013.

Here we present our findings.

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25 years of CadSoft

  1. 1. CadSoft 25 years of Innovation
  2. 2. Celebrating 25 years • November 2013 marks the 25th anniversary of CadSoft EAGLE • To celebrate, we surveyed engineers involved in the field of PCB design to get a snapshot of the industry trends in 2013 • Here we present our findings.
  3. 3. What did we find?
  4. 4. Respondents are fresh faced.... 79% of respondents have worked in the industry for under 10 years
  5. 5. ...and largely male... 98% of respondents were male
  6. 6. ...and span the globe. We received responses from 42 different countries
  7. 7. They are targeting a variety of applications... 80.0% 70.0% 60.0% 50.0% 40.0% 30.0% 20.0% 10.0% 0.0% Audio Video Control systems Open hardware Robotics Energy harvesting Lighting Imaging
  8. 8. ...mainly control systems... A massive 74% are targeting control systems in their designs
  9. 9. ...and open-source hardware applications... 46% are involved in open hardware
  10. 10. ...with many being prolific users 1-3 4-6 7-10 10+ 24% 30% 17% 29% Nearly a quarter work on 10+ designs a year
  11. 11. Why do they choose CadSoft‘s EAGLE software?
  12. 12. They consider functionality as the key reason... 90 80 70 60 50 Price Ease of use 40 Functionality/performance 30 Support 20 10 0 Extremely Important Important A little bit important Not that important Not at all important
  13. 13. ...and know exactly what they want added next. 87% want improved 73% want an improved library management user interface
  14. 14. What trends are they seeing in the industry?
  15. 15. Dev boards are reducing the need for custom PCB design... • 64% believe this to be case – With more than a third believing dev boards have had an enormous impact.
  16. 16. ...and peer-to-peer communities are important... • 83% agree this is the case – A quarter believe they are essential. – element14 was the most popular forum by far (45%)
  17. 17. ...but that doesn„t mean they„re using them Despite acknowledging the importance of P2P communities, 41% say they are not active participants
  18. 18. Meanwhile the industry is split over the value of social media Whilst the majority say they do not value social channels…
  19. 19. Meanwhile the industry is split over the value of social media …42% admit they have an influence and use these channels for design inspiration…
  20. 20. Meanwhile the industry is split over the value of social media …with only 36% saying they are not important at all.
  21. 21. Meanwhile the industry is split over the value of social media This suggests designers are struggling to filter out the noise on these channels and focus on following design influencers.
  22. 22. 25 years of milestones
  23. 23. 25 years of milestones • As well as surveying our customers, we wanted to reflect on the history of CadSoft • We„ve built an interactive timeline to highlight just how CadSoft and EAGLE have developed over the years www.cadsoftusa.com/about-us/
  24. 24. Still growing at 3x the industry rate
  25. 25. About CadSoft Some facts: • Founded in 1988 in Germany by two engineers • Headquartered in Pleiskirchen / Germany • • • • Development located in Germany Offices in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida; Richfield, Ohio; and Munich, Germany Strong user base Acquired by Premier Farnell in 2009 as a key part of its support for the whole design process For 25 years CadSoft EAGLE has been satisfying design engineers around the world by offering the same core functionality as expensive commercial PCB design software at a fraction of the cost. www.cadsoftusa.com
  26. 26. About EAGLE • EAGLE is an acronym and stands for: Easy Applicable Graphical Layout Editor …which also works in German: Einfach Anzuwendender Graphischer Layout Editor • Easy, affordable way for customers to implement board designs – • • • Makes finding & ordering components faster and easier Sold as “perpetual” licenses with maintenance & support included Integrated into element 14 – – • • one fifth the cost of some competing design solutions Support forums on “the knode”, parts libraries, PCB service Connected to the Premier Farnell webshops One of only few design tools for Mac (also runs on Windows & Linux) Sold by design modules with multi-seat licensing
  27. 27. Image credits • All images are sourced, with thanks, via the Wikimedia Commons image library project, except for: – Slides 16 & 17, credited to Farnell element14 – Slide 4, credited to Flickr user ‘Meggy’
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