What is Component Library
A component library is a centralized collection or compilation of components used in the design and layout of printed circuit boards. It serves as a repository of component data, including schematic symbols, footprints, and complete component information. The component library provides designers with easy access to the necessary components during the PCB design process.
With all the required component data in a single location, designers can efficiently incorporate the components into their schematics and PCB layouts. This centralized approach streamlines the design process and ensures component selection and usage consistency. Moreover, component libraries are particularly beneficial for companies working on multiple projects and managing a large number of components.
To maintain the accuracy and currency of the component data, companies often assign a dedicated PCB librarian responsible for managing the library. This involves verifying the accuracy of the component data, checking for obsolete components, and ensuring the library remains up-to-date. Regular updates are crucial to ensure that new designs can be sourced at scale when needed.