Premier Farnell launches enhanced free EAGLE Software Version 5.8

Premier Farnell plc (LSE:pfl), the leading multi-channel, high service distributor, has announced the launch of EAGLE software version 5.8. This enhanced version of CadSoft’s award winning software, Europe’s best selling CAD tool of its kind, is a FREE licence edition ‘Freemium’, allowing EDE’s to design boards more conveniently with better power management in their circuits and with more schematic sheets for free. This exciting announcement reflects Premier Farnell’s sustained focus on the Electronic Design Engineering (EDE) marketplace and further underpins their strategy to offer design solutions to EDE’s ‘beyond product’

The Freemium version is now available through CadSoft’s own websites, ( and and from element14, the company’s innovative technology eCommunity for EDEs, bringing Web 2.0 to the global design engineering community, along with open access to more than 10,000 technical documents and necessary tools like CadSoft’s EAGLE CAD software

Freemium offers customers double the number of layers and four times the number of sheets compared to the current free software version of EAGLE (“Freeware”), giving existing users increased functionality, while delivering even more evaluation and product options to the engineer depending on budget. Within version 5.8 CadSoft have also made improvements to their EAGLE standard version, increasing the number of layers from 4 to 6, making layout substantially easier.

“EAGLE version 5.8 is an important product upgrade for all design engineers globally and reflects our ongoing commitment towards the EDE’s, driving business to the web and growth in emerging markets” said David Shen, Global Head of EDE & Technical Marketing at Premier Farnell. “CAD software is a fundamental tool for all EDEs, and the availability of such software through Premier Farnell’s element14 is a significant step in our strategy to provide our customers not only a high quality product, but also tools enabling us to be a one stop shop solution for their R&D needs.”

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