• Introducing the SnapEDA KiCad Plugin

    September 9, 2020 The SnapEDA Team

    At SnapEDA, our mission from the beginning has been to help engineers design electronics faster by removing barriers. In 2013, we launched our search engine devoted to electrical engineering CAD content (symbols, footprints, simulation models, etc.) with the hypothesis being that if we could provide engineers with the building blocks they needed to design electronics…

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  • What is a Solder Paste?

    September 6, 2020 The SnapEDA Team

    A Solder Paste, also known as Solder Cream, is a material used for mounting and soldering components to printed circuit boards. It is used in reflow soldering commonly for surface mount devices but it can also be used for through-hole components (pin-in-paste).  The paste consists of flux and powder solder. The powder solder are tiny…

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  • What is a Solder Mask?

    August 25, 2020 The SnapEDA Team

    A Solder Mask (solder resist) is a protective layer applied to your PCB, generally applied on the top of the copper traces, to avoid short circuits due to solder shorting or solder bridging between components. PCB solder resist also gives additional protection to the board, preventing it from corrosion or any harmful environmental agents.   The process…

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  • Using electricity to stimulate the brain: An interview with Humm’s Head of Product Development

    August 7, 2020 The SnapEDA Team

    Have you ever wanted to boost your focus for greater productivity and alertness? Humm is a hardware device that uses tACS (transcranial alternating current stimulation) with the aim of improving working memory. Their goal? To help people learn things faster – whether it’s a new programming language or musical instrument. Among their early customers is…

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  • Top 5 Texas Instruments Operational Amplifiers (Op-Amps)

    July 21, 2020 The SnapEDA Team

    An operational amplifier or widely known as Op Amp is a device consisting of inverting and non-inverting inputs with an output gain voltage. From the name itself, this device is mainly used to amplify a signal and it can also be used as a voltage comparator, filter, and voltage follower (buffer). If you are choosing…

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  • Schematic Symbols for Integrated Circuits

    July 20, 2020 The SnapEDA Team

    Pin naming, pin setting, and pin arrangement are the 3 most important factors to consider in creating a good symbol for your IC devices, being the primary element in schematic drawings. These factors will help designers create a direct and functional design to produce the desired electrical behavior. At SnapEDA, after many years of feedback…

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  • SnapEDA launches new 3D viewer

    June 9, 2020 The SnapEDA Team

    We’re excited to share that we have launched a new and improved 3D viewer for our parts. It allows engineers to preview 3D models available on SnapEDA before download.  We’ve added three key features, based on feedback from our community. First, we’ve added dimensions to the viewer so that engineers can verify key measurements before…

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  • SnapEDA now supports Altium’s native .IntLib format

    May 27, 2020 The SnapEDA Team

    After lots of feedback from the SnapEDA community, we are excited to introduce a new, native Altium exporter! ✨ This exporter will make it more seamless to download Altium symbols & footprints into your designs. In a few clicks, you’ll get your symbols & footprints in their native *.intlib format. What this means for Altium designers Altium…

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  • ECAD vs. MCAD

    What are ECAD libraries?

    April 10, 2020 The SnapEDA Team

    ECAD libraries vs. MCAD libraries, and all the acronyms you need to know in the electronics industry! The more time you spend exploring the electronics design industry, the more you realize how much we love our acronyms! Whether you’re just getting up to speed on the industry, or you’re an industry veteran, the sheer number…

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  • Definitions for common inductor parameters

    January 9, 2020 The SnapEDA Team

    Inductors are common, two-terminal electrical devices that store energy in a magnetic field. They’re typically made from a simple coil of wire, wound around either a metal or air core. They are commonly used in filters, transformers, tuning circuits, energy storage, impedance matching, sensors and more. The most important step when selecting an inductor is…

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