Avnet’s Design Hub Makes Reference Designs More Approachable to Engineers

23-02-2024 | By Jack Pollard

Avnet, Inc. just made thousands of customisable reference designs easily accessible to engineers in the Americas in its new self-service online tool, Design Hub.

Design Hub is powered by AVAIL, Avnet’s engineering tool with a vast reference design library that helps designers develop system-level solutions quickly and easily at any time of day. The tool leverages more than 70,000 solutions to common design problems. These solutions are automatically loaded into the engineer’s design based on their specific requirements.

The Importance of Reference Designs in Engineering

“Research shows that 80%* of engineers use datasheets, application notes, reference designs and block diagrams to begin their new designs,” said Art Leitherer, vice president of Global Technology and Solutions, Avnet. “All of that research takes time, and if what they are looking for is new to them, asking the right questions to find the data can also be challenging. Now they can leverage the Design Hub to take advantage of the community of designers that have assembled current and available content that applies to the need. Ultimately, it helps engineers create their designs faster by giving them visibility to available products and the knowledge to put them to use.”

Features and Benefits of Design Hub

Design Hub makes it easy for engineers to understand and access the information needed to get a project started. They can also customise and personalise information in a self-service tool that’s available 24/7. To help accelerate designs, engineers can make modifications and save work, determine if an idea or design can work within constraints, generate the documentation needed to jump-start a project and feel comfortable knowing the information is secure through Avnet’s single sign-on for customers.

Engineers will walk away with documentation including preliminary schematics and layouts as well as a bill of materials (BOM) for the design. It can even connect to CAD tools. This means the lifecycle status for all parts and overall BOM health will be available upfront to ensure available parts are used in the design. Users can add parts to a quote or shopping cart or download the complete BOM with a single click.

Enhancing Distributor Relationships Through Design Hub

“Our latest Avnet Insights research, out tomorrow, found engineers are leaning into their distributor relationships now more than ever. Design Hub allows us to add value to that distribution relationship,” explained Leitherer. “Before Design Hub, finding the right reference design was time-consuming. Engineers had to search through a ton of supplier websites before finding what they needed. We bring all those reference designs to them in one place along with the tools to modify them to their needs. There are already over 1,000 free-to-use reference designs on the Avnet Americas Design Hub that cover state-of-the-art applications across the major categories and market verticals.”

Other Design Hub features also include software, calculators, simulators, cross-references, and other design and engineering tools that are typically associated with a key manufacturer’s products. These tools and resources can also be tied to a reference design that has simulation capabilities, or that requires a deeper level of engineering via software to arrive at the best possible solution.

Availability and Access to Design Hub

Design Hub, originally available in EMEA, is available now in the Americas and can be found here.

About Avnet

As a leading global technology distributor and solutions provider, Avnet has served customers’ evolving needs for an entire century. We support customers at each stage of a product’s lifecycle, from idea to design and from prototype to production. Our unique position at the centre of the technology value chain enables us to accelerate the design and supply stages of product development so customers can realise revenue faster. Decade after decade, Avnet helps its customers and suppliers worldwide realise the transformative possibilities of technology. Learn more about Avnet at avnet.com.

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By Jack Pollard

Jack has spent over a decade in media within the electronics industry and is extremely passionate about working with companies to create interesting and educational content, from podcasts and video to written articles for engineers and buyers.