Tag: PCB 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.
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.
Last Fall, we announced that we would be adding support for Pulsonix. This month, we’re pleased to say that it’s live and ready to go!
Pulsonix, developed by UK-based WestDev, is a professional schematic capture, simulation, and PCB layout tool known for it’s ease-of-use, and also as one of the first PCB design tools to allow engineers to design for embedded components between layers.
Embedded components are becoming more and more common as the need for smaller, and denser, designs grow, especially with the small form factors needed with wearable technology and Internet of Things devices. Pulsonix allows these devices — such as buried resistors and capacitors — to be properly defined.
SnapEDA allows engineers to search our database of millions of components for PCB footprints and schematic symbols that can be downloaded and important instantly into the Pulsonix format, saving designers hours of time in their workdays.
Watch the video above to learn how to download parts from SnapEDA and import them into Pulsonix!