Free EMA App links components between Digi-Key and OrCAD capture

September 27, 2012 // By Julien Happich
EMA Design Automation has released EMA Part Link, a Cadence OrCAD Capture app that connects parts on the schematic to the vast Digi-Key database of immediately available components.

“Many of our customers experience difficulties generating complete and correct BOMS for ordering parts,” said Manny Marcano, president and CEO of EMA. “The problem is often as simple as having an incorrect part number that's either not orderable or is for the incorrect part. We took some technology from our CIP product and created this free app to help OrCAD Capture users get complete and correct data for purchasable parts directly from Digi-Key.”

Part Link is a simple app that allows a designer to download part information directly into the part on the schematic. Common information needed, like manufacturer, manufacturer part number, distributor, and distributor part number, are all mapped by default. Part Link automatically selects fields for download based on the part’s properties, and even goes further by allowing users to download additional information into part properties that are created on the fly. This works with any field Digi-Key supplies for the part, like tolerance, packaging, operating temperature, and even pricing.

Most designs have multiple part instances, so Part Link allows users to apply this same downloaded part information to all identical parts. The user has complete control over this process by selecting which parts are identical and which are not. If some parts look the same at the schematic level, but are actually different, like 1K ohm resistors with different power ratings, the user simply deselects those parts.

The ability to search the Digi-Key database from within the design desktop was originally developed in conjunction with Digi-Key Corporation and made available to OrCAD Capture CIS users through EMA’s Component Information Portal (CIP). The introduction of apps and the OrCAD Capture Marketplace in the OrCAD 16.5 release made it possible to provide this searching capability to all OrCAD Capture users.

Visit EMA Design Automation at www. ema-eda.com