PCB design tools place symbols and footprints from a component library. The quality of the library has direct impact on the quality of the designs. Building and maintaining a good library is not so easy, because components can become obsolete, similar components are available from multiple vendors and production processes from two fabricators might require different geometries and rules for the symbols and footprints.
A significant portion of the cost of a company’s end product is determined by components chosen by engineers during the design phase. With the right library strategy, a company can reduce the cost of each design, but also limit the risk for a redesign due to obsolescense or long delivery times for a part.
There are multiple solutions available from different vendors. Each of them has focused on a certain aspect for the libraries. Which tool or solution suits your needs best is different from user to user. Please talk to FlowCAD for advice.
CAD-FlowManager provides an environment, flexibly adapted to existing company processes, for small and medium design teams to standardize and automate design workflows. Automatic notifications via emails and to-do lists indicate tasks to be processed. Users are assigned to function groups (roles) to make data accessible to colleagues with the same roles when sick or on vacation. The application and approval flow can be configured beyond departments to reflect company operations.
The Library Creator helps your team improve the quality and accuracy of the PCB library. Build 2D footprints and 3D models complete and in sync. Designers can choose from thousands of detailed 3D package models in the provided repository, create new packages from over 100 provided parametric templates, or leverage existing 3D models directly. Use rules to build footprints compliant to public standards like IPC or your own standards.
Allegro ECAD-MCAD Library Creator datasheet
Library Builder eliminate countless hours of tedious, manual entry with the most advanced PDF datasheet extraction technology. It extracts data from pin tables and diagrams to quickly build and manage complex symbols with thousands of pins. You can easily build complex footprints using a simple calculator-style interface. With eCAD - mCAD collaboration 3D models are quickly developed. Library Builder eliminates library part errors with comprehensive checking and verification tools.
Library Builder datasheet
Ultra Librarian is a solution to search for schematic symbols, PCB footprints and 3D models in the internet. It is integrated into Cadence schematic tools OrCAD Capture and Allegro System Capture. Selected parts are automatically downloaded into a local library while parts are placed from the search result onto the schematic canvas. The content is build by EMA in collaboration with component manufacturers.
Ultra Librarian datasheet
The SiliconExpert database includes background information for millions of components including semiconductors, passives, and electrometrical components. It helps to compare similar components to simplify decision making. Easily identify components at risk and gain insight into electronic component lifecycle status, multi-sourcing, available inventory and predicted years to end of life data. Identify non-compliant components with data for environmental and governmental legislation (RoHS, REACH, conflict minerals). Get Certificates of Compliance (CoCs), material declarations and Product Change Notifications (PCNs).
When switching from a simple or discontinued PCB tool to Cadence's PCB tools (OrCAD / Allegro), design data is often migrated. FlowCAD has developed various converters for this purpose and can offer library and project data migration as a service.
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