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.
Tag: PCB footprints
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?
We’re pleased to announce that CAD models downloaded from SnapEDA now include metadata. When downloading a component library (schematic symbol & PCB footprint) from SnapEDA, we now dynamically inject the functional description, average price at time of download across distributors, and average availability across component distributors. This metadata is important to designers as it is used when they export their bill of materials (BOM), and also for searching within their libraries. The metadata feature is supported for EAGLE, Altium, KiCad, and OrCAD libraries only at this time, however, we plan to extend to other formats in the future.
Check it out for yourself, and please let us know in the comments which formats and metadata fields we should support next.
You can now create a free, private library of your most-used electronic components on SnapEDA. After creating the library, you can then download all the symbols & PCB footprints as a single library for easy import into your design tool of choice, rather than downloading each part individually.
This quick tutorial will show you how to create your own private library on SnapEDA which can be downloaded to your design tool of choice. (SnapEDA supports export to Altium, KiCad, EAGLE, & more.)
When we initially launched SnapEDA, the goal was to make it as easy as possible for engineers to find CAD models (PCB footprints, schematic symbols, 3D models) for their electronic design tool of choice, in a way that provided them with unprecedented transparency into standards and quality. Our vision was to give engineers the freedom to innovate and optimize their designs, with the infrastructure (CAD building blocks) firmly in place to support them in this process.
Since then, our focus continues to be on expanding the library, updating export support for EDA tools, and launching innovative CAD library features, such as the first on-demand parts request service, and our Diagnostic Checker which gives engineers a report card on the quality of CAD models based on a series of algorithmic checks.
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).
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!