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Samtec Teams With SnapEDA to Deliver Symbols and FootprintsJuly 28, 2020 | SnapEDA
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Samtec now has over 200,000 symbols and footprints for its products to accelerate the design process for engineers.
Engineers spend days creating digital models for each component on their circuit boards, such as symbols and footprints. Samtec and SnapEDA have teamed up to make these models readily available to engineers, because they both believe that engineers deserve the best in terms of ease-of-use, quality, and convenience.
In the second quarter of 2020, SnapEDA created over 120,000 new Samtec connector models, including high-speed and micro-pitch board-to-board, edge card, and rugged connectors. With these new connector models, engineers can now easily discover, and design-in Samtec products.
“Samtec is an inspiration when it comes to their dedication to the customer experience. Whether it’s their 24-hour free sample program, or their endless pursuit to expand the availability of design resources for their products, Samtec is truly world-class. These new models are yet another example of that dedication to their customers,” said Natasha Baker, CEO and founder of SnapEDA, based in San Francisco.
Connector models are highly sought-after by engineers, because they are incredibly time-consuming for which to create models. This is due to their non-standard bodies, custom solder stencils, fine pitches, irregular pad shapes, and cutouts. Accordingly, connectors are the third most popular category of components on SnapEDA.
“SnapEDA’s commitment to quality, innovation, and ease of doing business has made them a great partner for Samtec as well as our partners in the digital channel. They’ve enabled us to better serve our customers by offering quick and immediate access to hundreds of thousands of our most popular parts,” said Ashley Quinlan, Strategic Marketing Director at Samtec.
All models can be downloaded from Samtec’s website, samtec.com. They are also available on SnapEDA's site, snapeda.com, as well as through over a dozen of its collaborators including Digi-Key and Mouser Electronics.
Formats supported include Cadence OrCad, Allegro, Altium, Autodesk Eagle, Mentor PADS, KiCad, PCB123, and Proteus.
These new, high-quality models were created by SnapEDA’s Component Engineering team using proprietary, patented technology. They include accurate assembly, silkscreen, and contoured courtyards, and follow Samtec’s recommended PCB layouts and stencil patterns. Through-hole pads follow IPC-2221 standards using nominal drill hole sizes.
Repair of soldered components is a constant necessity in the electronics industry. Product performance enhancement, damaged components, and exchange of wrong placed components are some of the motivations behind a repair. Dispensing and placing a 400 μm pitch component manually is very time consuming and could cause collateral damage to the already populated components. A novel automatic repair method and tools with no human interaction were developed. Learn about this method…
The SMTA Capital Chapter is excited to announce the upcoming SMTA Capital Chapter Expo and Tech Forum, scheduled for March 7th, 2024, at Sweeny Barn in Manassas, Virginia.
The opening session of the second day’s conference proceedings focused on global PCB trends and was introduced and moderated by Dr. Michele Stampanoni, vice president of strategic sales and business development at Cicor Group in Switzerland. He opened the session with Dr. Hayao Nakahara’s knowledgeable and enlightening video presentation on the IC substrates industry.
Saki’s Advanced Optical Inspection Boosts Quality Assurance at US-headquartered Smart Modular Technologies02/14/2024 | Saki Corporation
Saki Corporation, an innovator in the field of automated optical and X-ray inspection equipment, is pleased to announce that it has supplied inline optical inspection systems to Smart Modular Technologies, a Newark California based manufacturer of high-performance DRAM modules and solid-state disk drives (SSDs).
Ucamco is proud to release UcamX v2023.12 and Integr8tor v2023.12. These new versions of our CAM and Pre-CAM software include plenty of additions to increase our customers’ productivity, highlighted by the topics below.