What is Manufacturer Part Number (MPN)
A manufacturer part number (MPN) is a unique identifier assigned by a component manufacturer to a specific product. It serves as a standardized reference for identifying and sourcing the correct component during the assembly of a printed circuit board. The MPN typically consists of a combination of letters and numbers that are specific to a particular component.
The MPN is crucial in the accurate selection and sourcing of components. It allows for easy identification and verification of the availability of a specific component from different suppliers. By providing the MPN to a vendor, the customer can ensure that they are requesting the exact part they need.
The MPN is recognized by various sourcing channels, such as Mouser, Digikey, and Element14, and it helps streamline the procurement process. It also facilitates accurate documentation and traceability of components used in the production of PCBs.