Don’t waste time on CAD symbols and footprints for Kinetis MCUs

Don’t waste time on CAD symbols and footprints for Kinetis MCUs

In my last blog, I share ways to connect with the Kinetis MCU team to help you with your design challenges (you can read it here). I’ll continue to share more useful tools and tips to help make your design experience with Kinetis MCUs easier. In this blog, my colleague Manya Rastogi, and I focus on the readily-available CAD symbols and footprints.

 Save time with ready-to-use schematic symbols and PCB footprints

If you create your own schematic symbols and PCB footprints from scratch, you’re wasting time. Instead, tap into ready-to-use CAD/EDA schematic symbols and CAD PCB footprints for your next Kinetis MCU-based design.

It’s easy to download the CAD symbols and footprints – and they’re free

1)  Go to the Kinetis CAD web page

2) Download the CAD symbols and footprints in a single vendor-neutral BXL file that you can export to the CAD/EDA design tools with Ultra Librarian software by Accelerated Design <-click the link to download it
This tool allows you to convert the BXL files to the CAD system of choice. There are various formats available for the CAD/EDA schematic symbols and footprints to meet your needs.

3) Enter the part number to find the Kinetis symbols and footprints you need.
If you know some of the characters in the part number, type what you know in the part number field and a list of parts will appear from which you can choose from. If you don’t know the part number, you can Google it or search for it on our website. Then type or copy/paste it in the field.

After you enter the specific part number here, you immediately have access to the part details.

4) Next, click and download the BXL file.
At this point, you can click on the BXL file and download it. When you open the file it will open with the Ultra Librarian Reader that you installed earlier, as per the instructions on the webpage. 

5) Export the files to the CAD tool.
With the Ultra Librarian Reader, you can choose to export the file to the CAD tool (you must already download it to your system) of your choice. This example shows Eagle as the CAD tool we will use. After you export it to Eagle, a text file generates, and directs you to the location of the file and steps to import the files to Eagle. This text file will generate for every CAD tool of your choice.

After you follow these steps mentioned in the text file, you will get the footprint.

And voila! In only a few minutes, you’ll create quality CAD entities with minimal effort.

We hope you’ll take advantage of these resources to help you save time and accelerate the design process instead of starting from the scratch.

Your continued feedback helps us provide a reliable, smoother and a better experience for you. Please share your comments on this blog or participate in our Kinetis MCU Community.

Justin Mortimer is Kinetis MCU Product Marketer.

Justin Mortimer
Justin Mortimer
Justin Mortimer is a Microcontroller Product Marketing Manager responsible for the LPC portfolio. A customer advocate, he works hard to improve the design experience for users, from hobbyists and makers to high volume partners. A graduate with honors from the University of Minnesota with a Bachelors of Science degree in Physics, you'll find Justin spending time outdoors in Austin, Texas. Justin was a former member of the United States National Swim Team.

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