- Diodes cross-references tool
Diodes cross-references tool
How the new diodes cross-reference from Sourcingbot helps to make my BOM more robust?
Diodes are simple two-terminal, passive semiconductor components that allow current flow in a single direction. The most popular diodes are Rectification diodes for AC to DC signal conversion, Schottky diodes for switch mode power supplies and Zener diodes for voltage reference usage. In today's electronic applications I design easily over a dozen diodes, also with different topologies in a single board design.
I have to pick and choose from a vast array of types and over 60 manufacturers. In some designs I can use standard, well-known types - in others special diodes are required. This makes my BOM robustness more difficult and it costs me more time to find sufficient 2nd or 3rd sources. Usually I use lists from past designs, Excel sheets, in-house databases or simple 2nd source tools but those solutions break when a new diode or diode type is used which is not listed yet.
Key to cross referencing diodes is datasheet normalized data and packaging mapping
At this moment Sourcingbot stepped-in and helped me a big time with their new and recently rolled-out diode cross-reference tool. So far I found out 2 usage options. First, an easy and simple one and Second, an advanced mode for different usage/perspective cases. The simple version gives me the Top 5 diode matches in a simple table and I can see the main parameters and their difference with a single view. The actual product match is shown in a simple-score, the matching score. Filters are pre-adjusted to give me the best balance between the number of similar/exact product matches and a reasonable number of matches to choose from.
Soon enough sourcing of electronic components would be entirely automated
If I need more technical options, Sourcingbot also offers me an expert mode. I can adjust the cross-search for more application specific requirements like exact footprint match, tighter tolerances, smaller footprint or even Automotive requirements. All this help is available on their website and via API. Their service is free-of-charge, easy to use and helps me to save a lot of research time to make my BOM designs robust.