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⚙️ #KiCAD has always been a popular choice among hardware design engineers, and with the release of Version 7, it’s even more powerful! One of the standout features in this latest update is the improved component symbol management. The library item name is no longer used as the symbol value, allowing multiple components to share the same value while retaining unique library names.
🔌 Let’s take a look at an example: consider two capacitors, both with a value of 100 nF/50V. One is a standard commercial grade, and the other is AEC-Q100 qualified for automotive applications. In previous #KiCAD versions, the library item name would dictate the component value, making it challenging to differentiate between the two capacitors.
🆕 With #KiCAD Version 7, you can now have separate library names for each capacitor, such as „CAP_100nF_50V“ for the standard commercial grade and „CAP_100nF_50V_AEC“ for the AEC-Q100 version. This allows you to easily identify and select the right component for your design without any confusion.
📚 This new feature not only streamlines your component libraries but also makes it easier to maintain consistency and accuracy throughout your designs. No more workarounds or manual edits required to differentiate between similar components!
💡 The enhanced component symbol management in #KiCAD Version 7 is a game-changer for hardware design engineers, providing increased flexibility and control over component selection. Give it a try and see the difference it makes in your design process!