• How to customize your schematic symbols for KiCad

    July 16, 2019 Faust

    The SnapEDA team is thrilled to announce a new way for KiCad users to customize their schematic symbols! Traditionally, SnapEDA offered one style of schematic symbols for KiCad which overlapped functionally identical symbols pins, despite them having different footprint pins. We initially chose this approach due to early feedback from KiCad users who said it made…

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  • How does SnapEDA handle slotted holes?

    June 7, 2019 Faust

    One of the most common questions we are asked is how we handle slotted holes in various PCB design tools. Because each tool handles slotted holes differently, we’ve created guides for each format so you can learn how to properly import the slotted holes, how they’re represented, and how to properly communicate the presence of…

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  • FAQ: How does SnapEDA create slotted holes in Orcad & Allegro

    May 30, 2019 Faust

    Q: The footprint I downloaded should have slotted holes in Allegro – why aren’t they appearing? A: SnapEDA defines slotted holes for Allegro footprints using the layer Board Geometry > Ncroute-Path. Q: How can I ensure that my PCB fabricator accurately makes the slots? A: When sending your design to manufacturing, provide the NC Route…

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  • FAQ: How does SnapEDA create slotted holes in Altium?

    May 30, 2019 Faust

    Q: Why does the slotted hole in the footprint I downloaded appear round? A: Due to a limitation of the Altium file format supported on SnapEDA, we can only export round holes. As a result, all slotted holes are placed on Mechanical Layer 1 as per Step 4 of our Import Guide. Q: Will this…

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  • How to install the P-CAD importer in Altium Designer

    March 20, 2019 Faust

    For versions 13.0 and older: Go to this link to download and install the PCAD ASCII importer. Go to this link to download and install Accel importer. NOTE: These 2 importers are what you are going to need to be able to import the .lia file. Please Restart Altium software after installation. For versions 14.0+:…

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  • top 10 linear regulators

    The top 10 linear voltage regulators

    March 3, 2019 Faust

    In electronics, linear voltage regulators are commonly used to stabilize voltages. Regardless of the input voltages or load conditions, they will provide fixed output voltages, thus protecting devices from fluctuating outputs, which can cause inefficient performance or even damage. When designing a power supply for an application that requires a small difference between its input…

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  • The top 10 USB connectors

    October 11, 2018 Faust

    Two decades ago, parallel and serial ports were the dominant interfaces for connectivity and communication between computers and their peripheral devices. Today, USB connectors have largely replaced them, becoming so ubiquitous that they’re now the default interface of choice for most electronic devices – even supplying power. The first integrated circuits supporting USB were produced by Intel…

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