• NC Pins in Integrated Circuits

    October 5, 2020 The SnapEDA Team

    NC pins, also called unconnected or no-connect pins, are IC terminals with no internal connection and no external function.  These are some of the most commonly used pin names for unconnected pins and how you’ll find them in component datasheets:* NC = No-Connect* DNC = Do Not Connect* DNU = Do Not Use What are…

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  • Our 2020 survey results are in

    October 2, 2020 The SnapEDA Team

    Thank you to everyone who completed our 2020 SnapEDA Survey. Our team went through every single response (2,000+) from EEs & PCB designers around the world to understand what you want to see on SnapEDA, as well as pain points you face when using our product and in your overall design process. We were inspired…

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  • New parts for fall 2020

    October 2, 2020 The SnapEDA Team

    We know that our community loves new parts, so this summer our Component Engineering team sprung into action. We created and verified new CAD models for over 400,000 parts on SnapEDA. Highlights include: The top integrated circuits from Texas Instruments Murata capacitors, EMI filters, timing devices & thermistors Connectors from Samtec, TE Connectivity, & Bel Fuse New crystals from ECS…

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  • Using IEEE Symbols

    September 23, 2020 The SnapEDA Team

    What is IEEE? IEEE (pronounced as I, triple E) stands for Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. This is an association that develops design-based, functional standards to follow in the electronics design industry. At SnapEDA, we create symbols based on IEEE 315-1975 standard (as well as ANSI, CSA and IEC approved symbols) and our own internal…

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  • 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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  • Understanding Through Hole Land Patterns

    August 17, 2020 Viktorrine_Ira

    What is a punched hole? Should I use the drilled hole diameter or the finished hole diameter? I bet you’re thinking of those questions when trying to create your PCB land pattern for a through-hole component.  At SnapEDA, our engineers analyzed different through-hole land patterns to help you produce the best libraries for your designs.…

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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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  • Over 200,000 Samtec Connector Models Now Available

    July 28, 2020 Elizabeth

    We’re thrilled to share that we’ve teamed up with Samtec, a global manufacturer of connectors, to release over 200,000 high quality connector symbols & footprints for their products. With these new connector models, engineers can now easily discover, and integrate Samtec products. Connector models are highly sought-after by our community, because they are incredibly time-consuming…

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