• Why open hardware needs open software – and more from Wayne Stambaugh of KiCad

    October 28, 2019 SnapEDA Team

    As KiCad’s lead developer, Wayne, and his team have a big vision – to build a best-in-breed PCB design tool. It’s an ambitious goal for an open-source project whose commercial counterparts have seen millions in investment. But KiCad is well on that path. An ever-increasing number of designers now use the PCB design tool. With…

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  • How Bluetooth got its name, an interview with Jim Kardach

    October 7, 2019 SnapEDA Team

    Today, Bluetooth is the primary driver of wireless connectivity between electronic devices. But like most new technologies, there were plenty of challenges throughout its development and commercialization. We spoke to Jim Kardach, the founding chairman of the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG), which created the technology, to understand why it succeeded where so many similar…

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  • The Top 10 D-Sub Connectors

    March 20, 2019 SnapEDA Team

    D-Sub connectors, also known as D-subminiature or DB connectors, are electrical connectors commonly used in communications. They consist of two or more parallel rows of pins (in male connectors) or holes (in female connectors). The name D-Sub comes from their characteristic D-shaped metal shield, which has two important functions: it provides mechanical strength and ensures…

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  • How to make global fiducials in Allegro

    November 28, 2018 SnapEDA Team

    Fiducial reference points are necessary in a circuit board if you are going to assemble your PCB using automated pick and place machines. Automated assembly machines require incredible precision to accurately place a 0201 size resistor or a 2mm x 2mm chip-scale micro BGA. A fiducial is the reference point on the PCB for assembly…

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  • Over 100,000 new Samtec models now on SnapEDA!

    September 25, 2018 SnapEDA Team

    We’re excited to announce that you can now find new symbols and footprints for over 100,000 Samtec products on SnapEDA! Founded in 1976, Samtec is a privately held, $713MM global manufacturer of a broad line of electronic interconnect solutions. They’re among the most in-demand connector manufacturers on SnapEDA.  With these new symbols & footprints, designers can…

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  • A satellite engineer explains the challenges of space electronics

    August 16, 2018 SnapEDA Team

    Whether it’s surviving a turbulent rocket launch, or warding off radiation from the galaxy, Brady Salz of Astranis explains some of the unique challenges of designing printed circuit boards (PCBs) for space. Hi Brady, you’re a hardware engineer at Astranis. Can you tell us more about what you’re working on? Brady: Sure! At Astranis, we’re…

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  • Tutorial: Removing excess solder mask and solder paste added during import to Altium

    July 4, 2018 SnapEDA Team

    When importing footprints downloaded from SnapEDA into Altium, the importer will automatically add solder paste and solder mask anywhere there is a copper pad. Most of the time, a 1:1 ratio between the copper pad and these other layers is ideal (as per IPC standards), however, there are times when you’ll want to remove the…

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  • Announcing a new PCB library for CUI components

    June 27, 2018 SnapEDA Team

    Today we’re launching CUI’s catalog of buzzers, speakers, microphones, and connectors on SnapEDA, as well as on CUI’s website via our plugin. CUI is a leading electronic components manufacturer with a broad range of board mount electromechanical components. With this new collaboration, designers will be able to drag-and-drop interconnect, audio, and motion parts libraries into their designs.

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  • Best practices: How to map the footprint courtyard and cutouts to the proper layers in Altium

    June 22, 2018 SnapEDA Team

    If you’ve downloaded a footprint from SnapEDA for Altium, then you may have wondered how to properly import the courtyard and cutout layers. When importing the file, you need to map the placement courtyard to Mechanical Layer 15, and the board cutout regions to Mechanical Layer 1. In the video below, we’ll show you how…

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  • Building the Commodore that should have existed, an interview with Stefany Allaire

    June 6, 2018 SnapEDA Team

    Last month, the 100,000th hardware engineer registered on SnapEDA, so I thought it would be fun to reach out to learn more about what they were working on. Little did I know that it would turn out to be so epic! Stefany Allaire is building the Commodore 256, what she believes should have been the successor…

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