Here is a short video explaining the objectives for Mentor Graphics PartQuest website.
PartQuest is in it's infancy, as a Designer Beta tester you will also have beta access to the PartQuest website.
Today, PartQuest supports searching the Digi-Key part inventory using Digi-Key's advanced web services interface. In addition to searching you may associate your part to a "template symbol" and then save the part to your Dropbox account. The "template symbol" takes on the paramatric part parameters from Digi-Key and provides you with the ability to skip many of the hassles associated with integrating a new part into your design.
In the near future PartQuest will be extended to move beyond "template symbols" to custom symbols (our engineering team has been busy building an interactive symbol generation web tool).
A little further off in the future and footprints (both template and generation) will be added.
Now is your chance to impact the progression of PartQuest. Give it a try and let us know what you think.
Hey Dave, could you explain a bit more of what this does? I looked at the video and checked out the web-site and I don't really understand how this search is better than just using Digi-Key's integrated search. You mention template symbols - are these symbols that you can integrate into your design tools like Altium or Eagle? So when we choose a part we want to purchase, we don't have to design the schematic and footprint in our PCB tools?
Anything that helps make the design process easier is okay in my book - good luck!
We were looking to set the searching experience based on the needs of a design tool user. Having the parametrics on the left to narrow the field is a little new and different. A more visual representation of ROHS, datasheets, and pictures etc… Still, this is primarily based on the Digi-Key search as you can probably tell. After adding a part to your sandbox you can add a symbol to it.
Click on the MySanbox in the upper right corner and you will be moved to your sandbox. Here you have the opportunity to add symbols that are available by highlighting the part/s and pressing the symbol button. Select the symbol you would like to add. For the release candidate beta there are your more basic symbol to test the process. In the future there will be a full symbol generator here.
Once that process is done, you can download it to your dropbox account and from there into Designer. All the Digi-Key parametric data will be brought in with the new part. This includes links to datasheet and picture links and any information Digi-Key has on the part.
I hope that answers your question and thanks for your input, we look forward to more thoughts and questions.
Target price for Designer Schematic is:
1500 connection limit @ $299/year
unlimited connection upgrade @ $199/year
So for a full unlimited Designer Schematic license it would run roughly $500/year
Designer Layout pricing will be announced later this Fall.
I played a bit with PartQuest
- I can find parts very easyly; I'm hoping I will be able to use the standard DigiKey search as I'm used to it but this is no biggie.
- I tried to "import" a microcontroller. There was no symbol for it (the Add Symbol is very limited for now) nor could I add a footprint even though that should be standard 64-LQFP and therefore should exist... somewhere. Maybe I just didn't know how to do that?
- It feels in it's infancy so I'm not sure when it will be... "complete".
- This would be one of the best features if complete enough; it would make life much better :-)
Here are 3 video links on showing how to use PartQuest
PartQuest is upgrading weekly, so it's hard to keep video's up to date, but see if these how to use videos get you started.