• 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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  • Getting started with SnapEDA Part II: Using InstaBuild

    January 9, 2020 The SnapEDA Team

    In the second part our Getting Started guide, we’ll be showing you to how to use SnapEDA to speed up symbol & footprint creation when the exact part you need doesn’t yet exist in our library.

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  • SnapEDA updates KiCad footprint support!

    January 7, 2020 The SnapEDA Team

    After countless requests from the KiCad community, we are pleased to announce that SnapEDA is now supporting the latest KiCad footprint format!  This is great news for KiCad users because this format, introduced in KiCad Version 4, brought many improvements that benefit our community starting today! These improvements include native-software support of slotted holes (oval…

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  • Top 10 downloaded parts this holiday season!

    December 19, 2019 The SnapEDA Team

    At SnapEDA, our team of component engineers is constantly adding new parts to our library to help our community design electronics faster. Here are some of the most popular parts we added this holiday season, that you can start designing with right away! All the parts come complete with symbols and footprints for instant design-in.…

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  • Getting started with SnapEDA Part I: Introduction

    December 19, 2019 The SnapEDA Team

    We started SnapEDA with a simple mission: to help engineers innovate faster by removing barriers. We believe in a world where engineers have the building blocks they need at their fingertips so they can spend their time designing – and making the greatest impact with their work. Starting out, one of the biggest pain points…

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  • New power components on SnapEDA

    Over 20,000 new power supply products from RECOM now on SnapEDA!

    December 11, 2019 The SnapEDA Team

    We are excited to announce that we have collaborated with RECOM Power to launch their entire product catalog of over 20,000 parts on SnapEDA. You can now access a large selection of DC/DC converters and AC/DC power supplies, LED drivers, and switching regulators from RECOM Power, which come complete with symbols, footprints and 3D models.…

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  • Why open hardware needs open software – and more from Wayne Stambaugh of KiCad

    October 28, 2019 The SnapEDA Team

    As KiCad’s lead developer, Wayne, and his team have a big vision – to build a best-in-breed PCB design tool. It’s an ambitious goal for an open-source project whose commercial counterparts have seen millions in investment. But KiCad is well on that path. An ever-increasing number of designers now use the PCB design tool. With…

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  • The Top 10 Operational Amplifiers on SnapEDA

    October 23, 2019 The SnapEDA Team

    The operational amplifier – or “op amp” for short – is a common building block in analog electronics. Whether you’re a professional electronics designer or just getting started, it is likely you’ve used an op amp in your designs.  Invented in 1941 by Karl D. Swartzel Jr. of Bell Labs, the op amp was originally…

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  • Defining slots in Eagle (for OshPark)

    How to define cutouts and slotted holes in Eagle (for OshPark users)

    October 20, 2019 The SnapEDA Team

    Although it’s one of the most popular PCB design tools, Eagle doesn’t have a native way of defining plated slots. Luckily, there are methods of getting fully supported slots in Eagle! SnapEDA follows Eagle’s official method when defining slotted holes. This method is ideal for 2 layer boards. Please note though that if your board has…

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  • How Bluetooth got its name, an interview with Jim Kardach

    October 7, 2019 The SnapEDA Team

    Today, Bluetooth is the primary driver of wireless connectivity between electronic devices. But like most new technologies, there were plenty of challenges throughout its development and commercialization. We spoke to Jim Kardach, the founding chairman of the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG), which created the technology, to understand why it succeeded where so many similar…

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