Phillip Pearson - Second p0st

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

2012-9-26

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.