The new collaboration will augment the DesignSpark website with the SnapEDA search engine, allowing engineers to discover and design millions of electronic components through free computer-aided design (CAD) models that are compatible with nearly all major PCB designs tools.
With over a billion electronic components in production, part selection and design-in are significant bottlenecks when designing electronics. In addition to the sheer volume of parts to choose from, engineers need to procure sophisticated digital models for each component in their designs. This prerequisite for complex design content is a burden on engineers that ampers innovation.
The new SnapEDA search experience on the DesignSpark website makes it easy for engineers to search and design in electronic components, allowing engineers to jump straight to design. Engineers can search for a keyword like ‘bluetooth’ or ‘usb type c’ to discover new components, or enter a specific part number. Once they’ve selected a product, they can download the CAD model instantly.
Powered by SnapEDA’s patented verification technology, the new integration also includes data sheets and other specifications provided by RS Components, as well as 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.