Traditionally, designers have spent time creating models for each component in designs. Some components, such as connectors, are particularly challenging to create models for due to their non-standard shapes, pitches, pads and cutouts.
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. 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.
The collaboration allows designers to download free printed circuit board (PCB) footprint and symbols for TE components instantly, saving time so they can focus on product optimization and innovation. The models are compatible with Altium, OrCAD, Allegro, Eagle, PADS, DXDesigner and KiCad.
“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.”
Designers simply search for the product on the TE Connectivity or SnapEDA website, download the model and then drag-and-drop it into their designs.