Today, SnapEDA Inc., a provider of design data for the electronics industry, announced a partnership with Octopart’s Common Parts Library to help electronics designers bring connected devices to market faster.

The Common Parts Library, created and hosted by Octopart, speeds up component selection by guiding designers towards commonly used electronic components, and allowing contract manufacturers to leverage economies of scale.

Focused on the exploding realm of connected devices, such as Internet of Things and wearable technology applications, the Common Parts Library contains approximately 300 curated components, including Bluetooth and Wi-Fi modules, connectors, op-amps, timers, and voltage regulators.

As the latest partner of the Common Parts Library, SnapEDA is providing schematic symbols and PCB footprints for all components contained in the library free of charge.

Just like piecing together Lego, SnapEDA’s ready-to-use design libraries are the building blocks that accelerate innovation. Libraries can be exported immediately using SnapEDA’s powerful conversion technology to a growing list of popular electronics CAD software formats, including Eagle, KiCad, and Altium.

“We are excited to support Octopart’s Common Parts Library, an innovative way for designers to speed up component selection. With the new addition of ready-to-use design data, engineers will now be able to move from the component selection stage straight through to design nearly instantly,” said Natasha Baker, Founder of SnapEDA.

Sam Wurzel, CEO of Octopart, further commented: “We’re thrilled that SnapEDA has stepped up to generate component symbols and footprints for the Common Parts Library. This is a major step forward for hardware designers using the Common Parts Library in developing the next generation of IoT devices.”

Links to design files are accessible directly from Octopart’s website. To ensure quality, all parts within the Common Parts Library have been tested for quality assurance, and are subject to SnapEDA’s unique social vetting system that allows designers to vouch for CAD parts or flag potential defects. All PCB footprints conform to IPC-7351 standards, and are licensed under Creative Commons’ ShareALike license.

With the new partnership, SnapEDA is aiming to further Octopart’s mission for the project to tighten development cycles and speed up the process of product development.

About SnapEDA

SnapEDA is a platform for electronics design and manufacturing that is making it easier for designers to move from idea to finished product. Working in cooperation with a designer’s existing tools, SnapEDA increases productivity with its vast repository of CAD files, instant access to manufacturing and assembly services, and global professional network. Based in Toronto, Canada, SnapEDA is currently in the third cohort of the Creative Destruction Lab at the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto.

About Octopart

Octopart is a Y Combinator-backed startup based in New York City and develops search technology to help engineers and scientists build the next generation of electronic devices. Octopart’s flagship product is an electronic parts search engine that is used by hundreds of thousands of engineers to find and compare parts across different manufacturers and distributors.