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TE Connectivity (TE), a world leader in connectivity and sensors, 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 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 or TE Connectivity or SnapEDA websites, 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.
About TE Connectivity
TE Connectivity Ltd. (NYSE: TEL) is a $13 billion global technology and manufacturing leader creating a safer, sustainable, productive, and connected future. For more than 75 years, our connectivity and sensor solutions, proven in the harshest environments, have enabled advancements in transportation, industrial applications, medical technology, energy, data communications, and the home. With 78,000 employees, including more than 7,000 engineers, working alongside customers in nearly 150 countries, TE ensures that EVERY CONNECTION COUNTS. Learn more at www.te.com and on LinkedIn, Facebook, WeChat and Twitter.
SnapEDA is the Internet’s first and leading parts library for circuit board design. By providing ready-to-use building blocks for circuit board design via our website and plugins for PCB design tools, we shave days off product development, so that designers can focus on product optimization and innovation. Over half a million engineers use SnapEDA each year, evaluating nearly two million electronic components. These engineers are making everything from medical devices, to electric airplanes. SnapEDA is funded by Y Combinator and private investors. Learn more at www.snapeda.com.