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Siemens’ Malaysian acquisition spawns electrical design SaaS

31 October, 2022

Following its recent acquisition of a Malaysian software developer, Siemens has launched a cloud-based electrical design package that, it says, will allow designers and engineers to create electrical schematics easier and faster, using any device, for a low monthly cost. The Capital Electra X product is being offered on a SaaS (software-as-a-service) basis and is aimed at SMEs (small to medium sized businesses).

In July, Siemens acquired Radica Software, located in Ipoh, Malaysia. The terms of the transaction were not revealed. The new Web-based software is based on Radica’s pioneering software which is already being used by more than 300 customers in 50 countries.

“Individual electrical engineers or small design teams often struggle with the higher cost-of-ownership and longer time-to-productivity of more complex enterprise-focused [electrical design tools],” argues Frances Evans, senior vice-president for integrated electrical systems at Siemens Digital Industries Software. “Instead, a browser-based SaaS solution designed for ease of use, rapid adoption and with minimal training requirements, will enable them to create electrical schematics easier and faster, using any device, for a low monthly cost.”

Capital Electra X – which will form part of Siemens’ Xcelerator portfolio of software and services – is claimed to offer sophisticated electrical design capabilities with lower cost-of-ownership and shorter time-to-productivity than traditional on-premises tools.

No training, setup or installation are required. After a secure sign in, the Web-based software can be used even when offline. It syncs when the user goes online. Circuit designs are claimed to be up to five times faster than when using traditional techniques.

Being cloud-based, the Capital Electra X design software can be accessed from anywhere and supports real-time collaboration

The ability to use the software productively in days – rather than the months needed for traditional packages – is said to result in considerable savings. Radica also claims that monthly subscription costs are 48% lower than those for AutoCad.

“The combination of the Electra Cloud technology from Radica, bolstered by Siemens’ technology, development capacity and global reach, provides the opportunity to better serve the SMB electrical design market with the first fully cloud-native SaaS solution tailored towards individuals and small teams,” says Radica CEO, Thomas Yip.

The software is available on a free 30-day free trial.

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