Based on popular demand, we’ve now added the ability to purchase InstaPart credits. InstaPart is our on-demand service to get any symbol & footprint in 24 hours.
Although SnapEDA’s parts library is free, InstaPart provides the ability to request parts that aren’t yet available for download in the library. As we continue to expand our R&D efforts, our mission is to eventually render the InstaPart service obsolete (all parts will already be readily available on SnapEDA), but in the meantime, if you’re on a tight deadline it’s an affordable way to get your parts quickly so you can get back to design.
When you think about electronics design, you would probably guess that the vast majority is taking place in the U.S., India, China, Germany or Japan. But our data tells a different story.
We discovered that design & innovation is happening everywhere, and that the electronics design industry is vast, global, and widely distributed.
Let’s take a look at where PCBs are being designed*, and what it means for our industry.
Since launching SnapEDA, designers have visited our site in 191 countries, with the United States being the most popular, accounting for 25% of visitors. Unsurprisingly, Canada**, India, Germany, United Kingdom, and Russia follow closely behind.***
But here’s where it gets interesting. These countries, in aggregate, account for just 47% of our visitors. This means that over half our visitors comes from the other 185 countries, and not any one of these countries account for more than 3% of visitors.
We’re happy to announce our new issue reporting feature for symbols and footprints. You can now report any issues you find and we’ll be notified immediately. Here’s how it works: On any part page, you’ll notice the new ‘Report’ button under the symbol and footprint. Simply click on it to report an issue.
In September that we launched InstaPart, an on-demand service that allows designers to request any symbol & footprint, delivered in under 24 hours.
But what exactly is InstaPart and how does it differ from SnapEDA’s free libraries?
We’re pleased to announce that CAD models downloaded from SnapEDA now include metadata. When downloading a component library (schematic symbol & PCB footprint) from SnapEDA, we now dynamically inject the functional description, average price at time of download across distributors, and average availability across component distributors. This metadata is important to designers as it is used when they export their bill of materials (BOM), and also for searching within their libraries. The metadata feature is supported for EAGLE, Altium, KiCad, and OrCAD libraries only at this time, however, we plan to extend to other formats in the future.
Check it out for yourself, and please let us know in the comments which formats and metadata fields we should support next.
You can now create a free, private library of your most-used electronic components on SnapEDA. After creating the library, you can then download all the symbols & PCB footprints as a single library for easy import into your design tool of choice, rather than downloading each part individually.
This quick tutorial will show you how to create your own private library on SnapEDA which can be downloaded to your design tool of choice. (SnapEDA supports export to Altium, KiCad, EAGLE, & more.)
It is now easier than ever to request a symbol & footprint on SnapEDA. We also have two new options that deliver the parts into your inbox within 24 hours so you can focus on design optimization, or even taking on new projects. Let’s explore various options for how to request parts on SnapEDA.
Microcontrollers (MCUs) have come a long way since the pioneering 4-bit Intel 4004 hit the market back in the 1970s. Today, they’re the heart of most embedded systems, from automotive engine control systems, medical devices, toys, and more, serving as low-cost, compact, single chip computers.
The beauty of MCUs is that they reduce the size and cost of the alternative: using separate microprocessors, memory chips, and I/O devices. Instead, they put all this functionality on the same chip to reduce cost and size. As the price of microcontrollers drop and performance and ease-of-use rise, microcontrollers are increasingly credited for fuelling the rise of the Internet of Things (IoT) since it’s now feasible from a cost and size perspective to have a computer in not only every pocket, but in nearly every single object.
Before we jump into the top 10 microcontrollers used by PCB designers*, I had a chance to discuss some factors to consider when selecting one with Suresh Joshi, principal consultant at IoT product development firm Vicara Solutions Inc., and author of some great blog posts like this one on how to start a hardware company.
PCB designers often tell us that they select electronic components for their designs based on whether they can find symbols and footprints for them. To some extent it makes sense: the investment that goes into making CAD models is significant, and can instantly derail progress on a design. Of course, it’s also human nature to prefer the path of least resistance.
This is why the ability to filter parts by symbol and footprint availability is a top feature request that we get from SnapEDA users.
Today, we’re pleased to announce that we have now implemented this feature (beta)!