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Rapid, Automated Parts Builder for PCB Design

28 September 2017
Image credit: SnapEDA.

A free automated parts builder is now available from SnapEDA, an online parts library for printed circuit board (PCB) design.

Using computer vision technology, InstaBuild enables PCB designers to quickly make schematic symbols. It uses a datasheet as input and can automatically extract symbol pinouts; understand whether a pin is an input, output or power pin; and auto-arrange the symbols based on standards. Symbols are automatically mapped to verified IPC-compliant footprints.

Designers can then download a ready-to-use symbol and footprint for their PCB design software. Supported formats include Altium; Autodesk Eagle; PADS and DXDesigner from Mentor; OrCad and Allegro from Cadence; KiCad; and PCB123. According to the company, the process takes less than five minutes for most parts.

If available, the part can be instantly downloaded from the SnapEDA website, or within from Altium, Eagle or PCB123 through use of a SnapEDA plugin.

To contact the author of this article, email tony.pallone@ieeeglobalspec.com


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