Altium Designer Documentation

Component Search

Created: December 11, 2018 | Updated: April 11, 2019

The Component Search dialogThe Component Search dialog

Summary

The Component Search dialog provides direct access to all available server-based managed components and file-based library components. The dialog offers full details of the selected component (Parameters, Models, Part Choices, Supplier data, etc.,), component comparison, and for Managed Components, a filter-based parametric search capability for specifying target component parameters.

The dialog uses the basic search engine functionality and view that is applied in the Manufacturer Part Search panel. While the Manufacturer Part Search panel harnesses the Altium Parts Provider service and focuses on component manufacturer and supplier data searches, the dialog is populated with ready-to-place components from your managed content server and file-based library sources.

Access

The dialog is accessed in the following ways:

  • With a component selected, from the General tab of the Properties panel, select the required source from the Source drop-down in the Properties region, then click the  in the Design Item ID field. 
  • From an ActiveBOM document (*.BomDoc), right-click on a component entry in the grid then select Change <component name> from the context menu.
  • From the Item Manager dialog (Tools » Item Manager), right-click on a listed component item then select Choose manually from the context menu.
  • From the schematic or PCB editor, enable Alternate Part in the Edit Component Variation dialog (accessed by clicking in the Component Variation column of Variant Management dialog) then click the Choose button. 
The Variant Management dialog is accessed by clicking Project » Variants.
Options/Controls
 
  • Search - use the search text box to manually search for a specific component.
  •  - click to access a menu and select from:
  •  - click to open/close the Details region of the dialog (described below).

Categories

Use this filter to show certain types of components, or to display all available components. Use  to access the Categories search bar, which allows you to manually search for a specific component or .IntLib file.

Filters

Click the Filters icon ( ) to open the Filters region, where you can further filter the categories that are selected in the Components list.

Filters may only be used for Managed Components.

Components

  • Name - the name of the component.
  • Description - the description of each component.
  • Footprint - the footprint of the component.
  • Operating Temperature Range - the appropriate temperature range in which these components operate.
  • Package Description - the package description of the component.
  • Manufacturer Part Search - click to open the Manufacturer Part Search panel to search for and choose the most suitable component part.
  • Create component - click to open the Create new component dialog to select the type of component.
  • Results - lists the total number of components found/listed in the search.

Details

Click  to display the Details region for the selected component.
  • Component Revision ID - lists the Revision ID and price of a given component. Click the Revision ID to open the Explorer panel for further information regarding a component.
  • References - click to open reference information in a web browser for the component. Use the drop-down to access the Manufacturer URL or Datasheet.
  • Place - click to place the selected component on a schematic document.
  • Component information - lists relevant information about the component, including manufacturer, release date, and descriptive information. Click the Show More link to view all information; click Show Less to collapse the information.
  • Models - expand to view the provided models. Use the available links to display various parts of a single model.
  • References - expand to access the Manufacturer URL or Datasheet.
  • Part Choices - expand to view the part choices. A name, price, and description is provided. The Datasheet of the component also will be listed.
  • Where Used - expand to view the projects that utilize the component.

Right-Click Menu

  • Place <component> - click to place the component in the appropriate document.
  • Edit - click to open the selected component's Component Library Documents.
  • Navigate to <revision> - click to open the selected component within the Explorer panel.
  • Operations - hover to access the ability to Submit Request, Create, Download, Clone, Change Component Type, Create / Edit PCL, and Full Item History.
  • Refresh - click to refresh to view recent updates or edits. You may also refresh by using the F5 shortcut.
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