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Sunstone’s PCB123 Design Software Recognized as Industry Benchmark for Excellence

by User Not Found | Apr 16, 2009
Sunstone was awarded a SMT VISION Award for its PCB123 design software at the 17th Annual SMT VISION Awards held during the 2009 IPC APEX Expo.

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Sunstone’s PCB123 Design Software Recognized as Industry Benchmark for Excellence

Mulino, Ore. – April. 16, 2009 - Sunstone Circuits®, the printed circuit board (PCB) prototype solutions provider, was awarded a SMT VISION Award for its PCB123 design software at the 17th Annual SMT VISION Awards held during the 2009 IPC APEX Expo. The SMT VISION Awards recognize the people and products within the surface mount industry that serve as benchmarks of excellence.

“Sunstone is devoted to creating the best experience for our customers and one critical component of that best-in-class experience is our design software,” said Sunstone CEO Terry Heilman. “We are constantly assessing the industry and upgrading our software to better meet designers’ needs. It is an honor to be recognized for our dedication and innovation in this area.”

Sunstone’s PCB123 design software was selected as the standout product in its category, Design/Manufacturing Software. Products nominated for an award were evaluated by SMT based on industry challenges, creative application, quality, performance, cost, and throughput. SMT magazine provides an up-close look at the electronics industry for OEMs and MS providers who design, assemble and test surface mounted printed circuit boards.

The Sunstone ECOsystem

PCB123 is part of the Sunstone ECOsystemSM Design Environment, which creates a seamless flow from design to assembly through offerings from Sunstone and partnerships with industry-leading companies. Utilizing the Sunstone ECOsystem and PCB123, designers can produce working prototypes in shorter time, fewer turns and with better access to PCB manufacturing services. Integrating the four discrete segments of PCB prototyping – knowledge, tools, parts and libraries and manufacturing – the Sunstone ECOsystem is a strategic resource that consolidates and improves the PCB prototyping process for designers from concept to delivery.

An example of this is the innovative work with Digi-Key Corporation and NXP Semiconductor Corporation. PCB123’s LiveBOM feature set uses a web interface provided by Digi-Key, allowing PCB123 users to receive real-time pricing and availability information for components they’ve specified in their design. NXP’s commitment to deliver a fully-certified library of NXP components results in the automatic and seamless presentation of component pricing information specific to the design without any library management effort on the part of the end user. This information integrated into a design environment, live to the distributor’s inventory, is truly a first in the industry.

To learn more about PCB123 and to download a free copy, visit For more information about the Sunstone ECOsystem, visit

About Sunstone Circuits
Sunstone Circuits® pioneered the online ordering of printed circuit boards (PCBs), and is the leading PCB solutions provider with more than 35 years of experience in delivering quality engineering software along with quick and on-time PCBs for the electronic design industry. Sunstone Circuits is dedicated to improving the PCB prototyping process from quote to delivery (Q2D®) and provides “live” customer support every day of the year (24/7/365). For more information about Sunstone’s PCB solutions plus online quote and ordering process, please Trademarks: PCB123, Q2D®, and Sunstone ECOsystemSM Design Environment are trademarked by Sunstone Circuits.


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