• Engineer Spotlight: Yi Yao from Synaptive Medical

    August 15, 2017 natasha

    Background: I had the pleasure of working with Yi Yao in the Multisim R&D team at National Instruments. Yi was always the go-to person in the office for complex PCB design questions. After that, he went on to co-found a Y Combinator startup called Per Vices, focused on software-defined radio. Currently, Yi is at Synaptive Medical, a…

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  • Engineer Spotlight: Nazmus Sahadat from Georgia Institute of Technology

    August 1, 2017 natasha

    Name: Nazmus Sahadat Company: Georgia Institute of Technology Role: Graduate Research Assistant Location: Atlanta, GA Hi Nazmus. Which tools do you use for circuit board design? Why? Nazmus: I use Allegro for work, and KiCAD for my fun projects. Allegro is a much better tool with lots of optimization options. They have almost everything I need, but it is expensive for an…

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  • The Top 10 Temperature Sensors

    July 25, 2017 admin

    Sensing and controlling the intensity of heat present in a substance or object is a fundamental function of nearly every electronic application. A temperature sensor is a device used to measure the amount of heat energy generated by an object or system. These devices are usually implemented as RTDs (resistance temperature detectors), thermocouples or thermistors. When selecting a…

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  • New support for Mentor PADS and DX Designer on SnapEDA!

    July 19, 2017 natasha

    Today we’re launching support for one of the most-used PCB software flows – Mentor Graphics PADS & DXDesigner. Whether building satellites or medical devices, hardware designers spend days creating digital models for each component on their circuit boards, a painful and time-consuming process that hinders product development. With today’s launch, Mentor PADS & DX Designer…

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  • Free Webinar – Intro to SnapEDA

    July 5, 2017 natasha

    We’ve added new dates for our free webinar series – July 6th and July 20th. In these free webinars, our product manager Mike Tang will show how you can save hours on PCB design with SnapEDA. You’ll learn: How to download symbols & footprints How to create a private bill of materials (BOM) and batch…

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  • The Top 10 Motion Sensors (Accelerometers)

    July 5, 2017 larissa

    Whether you’re building a wearable device, or an industrial system, chances are you’ll be integrating an accelerometer. Accelerometers are electromechanical devices that measure acceleration across one, or multiple, axes. Some common uses are to detect position, velocity, vibration, and to determine orientation (for example, to orient the display in your smartphone or tablet).  The most important factors to consider when…

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  • Engineer Spotlight: Suresh Joshi from Vicara Solutions Inc

    July 5, 2017 natasha

    Name Suresh Joshi Company Vicara Solutions Inc Role Principal Consultant Location Toronto, Canada   Hi Suresh. Which tools do you use for circuit board design? Why? Suresh: At my first start-up, we began by using Eagle Lite and KiCAD, because well…let’s be honest, they were free and we had no money. That doesn’t imply that they…

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  • The Top 10 Bluetooth Components

    June 15, 2017 larissa

    Ever wonder which Bluetooth processors and modules are most designed-in to products? We took a look at the most designed-in Bluetooth components based on our download data at SnapEDA, which provides free symbols & footprints for millions of electronic components. Note: This data is gathered based on the most downloaded parts on SnapEDA over the past few…

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  • How to pick a bluetooth module

    June 15, 2017 larissa

    When selecting a Bluetooth solution for your designs, you might compare a processor and a module and think “well the Bluetooth processor is cheaper, so let’s go with that.” But the decision isn’t always so clear cut. We had the opportunity to interview Sam De Marco, a sales engineer at Laird Technologies, to get his opinion on the…

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  • Engineer Spotlight: Derek Smith of Tesla Controls

    June 13, 2017 larissa

    Name Derek Smith Company Tesla Controls Role CEO Chief Dancer Location Sunny San Diego, CA   Hi Derek. Which tools do you use for circuit board design? Derek: Altium – It’s very fast and easy to generate high quality output. Also, I work on many projects with mechanical engineers and being able to output STEP…

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