Eagle PCB has a new owner
Premier Farnell, a major electronics distributor (subsidiaries include Newark and Farnell), has purchased Cadsoft Computer, developer of Eagle PCB.
If you’re interested in the financial details, go to the press release. Since I use Eagle as my primary PCB design program, I’m interested in what might happen to Eagle.
Companies in another business that buy a company for “synergy” often destroy the business; examples include Exxon buying Zilog. It looks like Premier Farnell is buying Cadsoft to increase their business, by increasing the integration between Eagle PCB and their distributor companies (e.g. so it’s very easy to specify and order parts from Newark in an Eagle design), similar to what Sunstone, Digikey, and NXP are doing with PCB123.
I am curious to see what changes the new owners will make. Will they continue to invest in Eagle PCB to make it better? Will they change the current pricing?