A new collaboration between SnapEDA, a search engine for electronics design, and DesignSpark, an online design community and resource centre for design engineers, is set to speed up the design of printed circuit boards (pcbs).
The new integrated search capability will enable engineers to more easily find and design-in electronic components by making available free computer-aided design models that are compatible with virtually all of the primary pcb design tools.
Electronics design engineers have to contend with two major issues: how to select the right part from the billion-plus electronic components in production and the how to procure the sophisticated digital models they require for each component in their designs.These issues place a significant burden on engineers that then hampers innovation.
Simple keyword searches using the new SnapEDA engine on the DesignSpark website will help engineers find the parts they need and once they’ve selected a product, they will be able to instantly download the relevant CAD model. Datasheets and other specifications provided by RS Components will also be available, as will the ability to check prices and purchase components. Supported pcb design formats include DesignSpark PCB, Altium, KiCad, Fusion360, Cadence Allegro, OrCAD, EAGLE, Pulsonix, DipTrace, Proteus, ExpressPCB Plus, CircuitStudio, PADS, PCB123, Target 3001! and P-CAD.
‘Since launching DesignSpark 11 years ago, RS Components has demonstrated its commitment to supporting the engineering community through tools and resources,’ said Natasha Baker, founder and CEO of SnapEDA. ‘This commitment resonates with us here at SnapEDA, where we have similarly been unwaveringly committed to helping engineers design faster with free, innovative design tools and resources we’ve brought to the market.’
The new search engine can be found here.