Digi-Key celebrates KiCad library ‘milestone’
Components distributor, Digi-Key, has tagged the open source, Digi-Key KiCad symbol and footprint library with a 1.0 status on their GitHub Repository. The “version 1.0” is a major milestone for the library development, indicating that the library is “complete”, has all major features, and is considered reliable enough for general release to engineers, designers, and customers.
Digi-Key collaborated with the KiCad user community to refine library management processes, the data included with the parts. The company also worked extensively to improve the quality of the symbols and footprints. Each part is infused with Digi-Key descriptions, part numbers, and more data that allows for bill of material (BoM) assessment and which can be uploaded to Digi-Key cart or BoM tool.
“After more than 140 GitHub commits and reviews of each part in the library, we are ready to announce the 1.0 release,” said Randall Restle, vice president, applications engineering. Although a significant event, the work on the evolution of the library will continue. “This is not the end of development and we are working hard to add more parts to the library and provide KiCad users with a useful set of symbols and footprints for their rapid prototyping needs,” said Restle. “We are especially concentrating on difficult to make connectors and IoT modules.”
Digi-Key Electronics is headquartered in Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA. The company is an authorised global, full-service distributor of electronic components, offering more than 8.1 million products, with over 1.4 million in stock and available for immediate shipment, from over 750 quality name-brand manufacturers. Digi-Key also offers a wide variety of online resources such as EDA and design tools, datasheets, reference designs, instructional articles and videos and multimedia libraries.
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