• 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 The SnapEDA Team

    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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  • HowToSearchFilter

    How to use search filters for finding CAD models

    July 24, 2020 The SnapEDA Team

    Searching for a part in SnapEDA has gotten easier! With our new search filters, engineers can find the parts they’re looking for much faster. Based on popular request, you can now filter your searches by: Data availability Datasheet Symbol Footprint 3D model Simulation model Manufacturer Compliance Stock availability To start using the search filter, follow…

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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 when creating the schematic symbol for an IC device. Considering these aspects will help you create a direct and functional design. At SnapEDA, we developed our own internal standards based on these 3 factors.  PIN NAMING To avoid incorrect pin…

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