Phillip Pearson - web + electronics notes

tech notes and web hackery from a new zealander who was vaguely useful on the web back in 2002 (see: python community server, the blogging ecosystem, the new zealand coffee review, the internet topic exchange).


Electronic component part library standardization

This year I've been getting back into electronics, after an absence of about 10 years. Some advances are amazing (microcontrollers with built-in USB for $4! High quality PCBs for $5/sq in and free shipping, with no minimum size! Low quality PCBs at $14 for ten 5 cm x 5 cm boards!)... but some things don't seem to have changed. It looks like there's still no standard part library format or converter. Perhaps a project like Homebrew or RubyGems, with a minimal built-in part library and an easy way to locate more parts, would be nice to have here? Also some shortcuts for generating parts. I would really like to be able to run 'partlib install SN65HVD12P' and have it download and install symbol/footprint info into my schematic/PCB editor.