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Parts library for Mentor PADS & DX Designer accelerates pcb design

Stephen Law   

Electronics Embedded Systems Production / Materials Regulations & Standards Engineering Supply Chain pcb design

Designers can build circuit boards faster with millions of symbols & footprints on SnapEDA

Mentor, a Siemens business and SnapEDA, a web-based parts library for circuit board design, have announced new support for Mentor PADS and DX Designer on SnapEDA. 

Whether building satellites or medical devices, hardware designers spend days creating digital models for each component on their circuit boards, a painful and time-consuming process that hinders product development. With the launch, Mentor PADS & DX Designer customers gain access to SnapEDA’s extensive component library containing millions of symbols, footprints and 3D models, further enhancing the vast resources available for Mentor pcb design software, according to Natasha Baker, founder & CEO of SnapEDA.

All parts are auto-verified with SnapEDA’s proprietary verification technology, helping to reduce risk and unneeded, costly prototype iterations. This technology answers common questions designers have about libraries, such as “what standards does this footprint conform to?” As the world becomes more connected, electronic devices are proliferating and diversifying, and time-to-market is more crucial than ever for companies to stay competitive.

“We’re seeing a shift in the industry where it’s no longer just large enterprises designing electronic products. Today, mid-size companies, startups, and even non-traditional companies, such as apparel companies, are making printed circuit boards,” says Baker. “The challenge they face is that – unlike large enterprises – they often don’t have dedicated librarians helping with parts creation. This means they’re spending valuable time creating parts from scratch. By making our library available for PADS & DX Designer, we’re empowering designers to spend more time with the powerful functionality in these tools, enabling them to build better products in less time.”


The PADS Product Creation platform is targeted for individuals and small teams who are designing electronics systems. The PADS solution provides users with an easy to use, affordable, and highly integrated platform for design entry, pcb layout, circuit simulation and electrical and thermal analysis capabilities, enabling higher design productivity, enhanced product quality, and cost and design cycle reduction. It builds on the strong PADS legacy – production-proven on millions of designs by hundreds of thousands of engineers worldwide.

“We are beginning to see a new breed of design engineer – those who do it all with a focus on the complete end product”, said Paul Musto, marketing director for the Board Systems Division of Mentor, a Siemens Business. “These individuals are attempting to navigate the many disciplines of design, e.g. mechanical, electrical, software, and are encumbered with the creation of so many different parts and libraries. SnapEDA’s solution for providing electronic libraries through an open forum is a huge time and energy saver for this community of engineers. Mentor, a Siemens business, is pleased to partner with SnapEDA to help this community become more efficient and allow them to focus on their end product rather than spending cycles creating libraries.”



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