Today we’re launching Global Connector Technology’s (GCT) catalog of connectors on SnapEDA! GCT is a leading supplier of standard and custom interconnect products. With this new collaboration, designers will be able to drag-and-drop connector libraries into their designs across an extensive 9 product ranges, including USB, SIM card, FFC, modular jack, lighting, DC power jack, and smart card connectors.
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 customers will gain access to our extensive component library containing millions of symbols, footprints, and 3D models, further enhancing the vast resources available for Mentor PCB design software. As of today, our popular 24-hour part request service InstaPart will also support PADS & DXDesigner.
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 years. If a part isn’t yet available, then it may be missing from this list. For example, one notable omission here is the ESP8266 which is one of the most searched terms in our search engine. We’ll be updating this list periodically to account for any such cases!
Here is the countdown of the top 10 Bluetooth components on SnapEDA!
#10 – NRF1822-QFAA-R Nordic Semiconductor
Multiprotocol Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy/2.4 Ghz Rf Soc
Average price across distributors at time of publish: $3.81 USD
#9 – RN42-I/R2 by Microchip
Bluetooth 2.1 class 2 surface mount module with built in antenna
Average price across distributors at time of publish: $16.71 USD
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, 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?
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.
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)!
It it now easier to view or add feedback on CAD models with our new commenting system. When we initially launched the Comments section, it was required to down-vote a part in order to be able to enter a comment. However, the feedback we received was that it would be useful to be able to point out certain attributes in a CAD model, without necessarily giving it the “thumbs down”.
To give it a try, just go to the Comments tab on any part page. You can then view existing feedback, or leave your own comment (assuming you’re logged in).