Software billed as the first free automated part builder uses computer vision technology to let PCB designers make schematic symbols in just minutes. Called InstaBuild, it uses a datasheet as the input and automatically extracts symbol pinouts, understands whether a pin is an input, output or power pin, and auto-arranges the symbols based on published symbol standards from PCB software supplier SnapEDA.
“InstaBuild is based on the underlying technology we use internally at SnapEDA to create parts quickly,” said Natasha Baker, CEO and Founder of SnapEDA. “We’re opening up access so that hardware designers around the world can benefit from this technology.”
The symbols are automatically mapped to verified IPC-compliant footprints. The designer can then download the ready-to-use symbol and footprint for their desired PCB design software.
Supported formats include Altium, Autodesk Eagle, Mentor PADS & DXDesigner, Cadence OrCad and Allegro, KiCad, and PCB123. For most parts, the process takes less than 5 minutes.
If a part is already available in the SnapEDA component library, the part can simply be downloaded free from the SnapEDA website, or from within Altium, Eagle, or PCB123 using one of the SnapEDA plugins.
InstaBuild is free, and can be accessed from supported part pages on SnapEDA.
More info: SnapEDA, 680 2nd Street, San Francisco, CA 94107, (844)-625-8890 www.snapeda.com/instabuild