How to Catalog Parts


This part of the design process is as much record-keeping as it is anything else.  What information do you need to keep?

1. Overview

Organize, Organize, Organize!

As EDA software matures, the job of component organization becomes less and less burdensome.  Some software, such as Altium Designer has advanced features, such as real-time inventory control, change orders processing, etc...  But for now, we have to coordinate 300 participants across a half-dozen EDA programs.  And the way to do that is with an old-fashioned, unsophisticated, database.

In this book, you will learn about components sizes, packages, and land patterns.  In the activity that follows, you will get a chance to enter several of the components we will use in this design into a database.