TE Connectivity and SnapEDA, the Internet’s first parts library for circuit board design, are collaborating to make more than 25,000 new digital models available to electronics designers, helping them bring their products to market faster.
Traditionally, designers have spent days creating models for each component in their designs, a tedious and time-consuming process. Some components, such as connectors, are particularly challenging to create models for due to their non-standard shapes, pitches, pads, and cutouts.
With this new collaboration, designers can now download free printed circuit board (PCB) footprints and symbols for TE components instantly, saving them days of time so they can focus on product optimization and innovation. The models are compatible with Altium, OrCAD, Allegro, Eagle, PADS, DXDesigner, and KiCad.
These components include a wide range of connectors — such as USB, flexible printed circuit, modular, mobile battery, terminal, and jack connectors — as well as sensors, fuses, switches, relays, DC-DC converters, thermistors, resistors, and diodes.
“TE Connectivity has an extremely broad product portfolio. With everything from connectors to sensors, designers can now seamlessly select and design-in a wide variety of components into their designs by downloading the symbol and footprint for that product instantly,” said Natasha Baker, CEO of SnapEDA.
“As a global technology company with more than 7,000 engineers, we know how important these digital models can be for designers,” said David Sinisi, VP of Engineering Excellence at TE Connectivity. “We’re excited to partner with SnapEDA to make our models available free of charge so that it’s easier, faster and more convenient for engineers to optimize their products and bring them to market.”
The process is simple. Designers simply search for their desired product on the TE Connectivity or SnapEDA website, download the model and then drag-and-drop it into their designs.
In addition to providing the models themselves, SnapEDA provides transparency into the standards that each model follows. For instance, designers can see whether a footprint follows TE Connectivity’s recommended dimensions, or industry standards (such as IPC-7351B). Each model also includes an automated report generated by SnapEDA’s patent-pending verification checker, to help prevent common manufacturing issues.