ECAD Library Development

ECAD component library development overview

In the fast-paced world of electronic design, time is often of the essence. Projects frequently face tight deadlines, and in-house resources can be stretched thin. This is where Sintecs steps in with a vital solution. Our ECAD Library Creation Service is designed for moments when quality matters, and the internal development of new component models is either impractical or cost-prohibitive. It’s a known fact that hardware engineers can spend up to 35% of their time crafting library parts – time that could be better utilized in design and innovation.

Sintecs offers a streamlined alternative. Our service is tailored to assist in these exact scenarios, delivering an efficient solution without compromising on the quality of ECAD parts. We pride ourselves on our rapid response times, ensuring that your project remains on schedule. Additionally, our emphasis on quality and convenience of library components positions our library creation and verification service as a premier choice in the industry leaders.

Available component catalog

Sintecs currently boasts a proprietary database, a great collection of approximately 80,000 ECAD library components with unique manufacturer part numbers (MPNs). These components have been meticulously developed and verified by our professional engineering team. The ECAD library at Sintecs stands out due to several key features:

  • Comprehensive Database: Our library is composed of a vast array of popular and widely used parts, ensuring that you will have access to the components most relevant to your projects.
  • Unmatched Quality: Each part in our library is a testament to our unique development approach, guaranteeing the highest quality. This rigorous process ensures that our components meet the stringent demands of modern electronic design.
  • Consistency in Design: We prioritize uniformity in the look and feel of our schematic symbols. This consistency aids in easier reading and interpretation of schematic diagrams, streamlining the design process.
  • Ready-to-Use Components: Every Sintecs part is engineered to perfection, requiring no further modifications or improvements by hardware engineers. This feature significantly reduces design time and enhances overall efficiency.
  • Extensive Variety: Our library encompasses a wide spectrum of components, including ICs, resistors, capacitors, connectors, and their variants, catering to a broad range of design needs.
  • Each library part contains at least a schematic symbol, PCB footprint with padstacks built according to IPC-7351A standard, pin mapping defining connection interface of a schematic symbol.
  • The ECAD library is organized in a format of Siemens EDA Xpedition (also valid for PADS Professional) and united under the DxDatabook database providing quick access to specific components and their attributes and metadata.

Custom design capabilities

Sintecs specializes in translating the specific design needs of our customers into customized, high-quality ECAD library parts. We offer a tailored approach to library part creation, driven by our clients’ unique requirements and expectations. This process involves crafting a set of design guidelines in collaboration with our clients, ensuring that every library part developed by Sintecs engineers aligns perfectly with these criteria. Our extensive existing guides, which span hundreds of pages, already provide a detailed roadmap for our engineers, covering a wide range of requirements. These guides can also serve as a foundational base for any specific project needs.

Understanding that technical solutions are just one aspect of client satisfaction, Sintecs offers flexible business arrangements in the creation of library parts. We are committed to accommodating the varying schedules and constraints of our clients’ R&D teams. This flexibility extends to adaptable delivery terms, prioritization of tasks, and negotiable payment conditions. Our goal is to ensure a seamless and stress-free experience for our clients, guaranteeing that their focus remains on innovation and design, while we handle the specifics of ECAD library part creation.

Quality assurance and standards compliance

At Sintecs, our commitment to quality is paramount, and this is reflected in our rigorous quality assurance process for component development. Each component undergoes a series of detailed checks at every stage to ensure that it meets the highest industry standards.Our four-stage quality assurance process looks as follows:

  1. Initial Component Development: Every component’s development begins with a meticulous analysis based on the datasheet data, aligned with the stringent requirements of IPC-7351A standards. This stage lays the foundation for precision and reliability.
  2. Cross-Verification by Engineers: To ensure accuracy and consistency, each component is then cross-verified by other skilled engineers within our team. This peer review process adds an extra layer of scrutiny and quality control.
  3. Specialist Sign-Off: The third stage involves a final review and sign-off by an experienced specialist. This step includes an additional, meticulous check, affirming the component’s integrity and compliance with all specifications.
  4. Automated DFA Verification: Lastly, we employ automated Design for Assembly (DFA) verification for PCB footprints, ensuring the correctness and suitability of each component for seamless assembly.

Our Commitment to High-Quality Component Development:

  • Expert Team: We support and maintain a high level of expertise within our team of educated ECAD library engineers, ensuring that every individual is equipped with the knowledge and skills required for excellence in component development.
  • Knowledge-Sharing Environment: At Sintecs, we foster a collaborative environment where knowledge sharing among engineers is encouraged. This culture of continuous learning and mutual support significantly enhances the quality of our work.
  • Dedicated Focus: Our engineers are specifically allocated to focus on ECAD libraries. This dedicated attention ensures higher results and efficiency in library development.
  • Collaborative Feedback Loop: We facilitate constant collaboration between ECAD engineers and hardware/PCB engineers. This interaction allows our ECAD specialists to receive professional feedback about the quality, functionality, and aesthetics of the library parts.

Through these rigorous processes and our commitment to excellence, Sintecs guarantees the highest quality of components, ensuring reliability and efficiency in your electronic design projects

Software compatibility

Although our core proprietary ECAD library is in the Xpedition format of Siemens EDA, at Sintecs we recognize the diverse needs of our clients who may use various CAD software platforms. To serve this wide range of requirements, we are equipped to supply library components in several different data formats. Upon request, we can provide compatibility with the following CAD software:

  • Siemens EDA Xpedition: Our primary format, offering comprehensive support for users of Siemens EDA Xpedition
  • Siemens EDA PADS Professional: Compatible with Xpedition library parts
  • Siemens EDA PADS Standard
  • Altium Designer: Offering library components tailored for users of Altium Designer, known for its powerful capabilities for SMB companies
  • Cadence OrCAD
  • Cadence Allegro

This flexibility in supporting multiple data formats underscores our commitment to meeting the specific needs of our clients, ensuring seamless integration and efficiency in their design processes, regardless of the CAD software they prefer.

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