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PartQuest Release Notes

September 7, 2019

VX.2.5 New Features

Enhanced Standard Symbols

  • New Symbols Added- increased from 14 symbols to 76 symbols sorted into 13 categories
  • Standard Symbols are compound meaning the text is automatically repositioned when the symbol is rotated or mirrored
  • Settings for grid size and pin spacing
  • Pin Mapping for standard symbols

Direct Access to Symbol and Footprint Builders with My Symbols and My Footprints 

  • Create orphan symbols and footprints (parts with no search results on DigiKey)
  • New Symbol and Footprint naming capabilities
  • List all Symbols/footprints
  • Sort Properties
  • Delete (only orphans)
  • Downloadable
  • Filter Properties (Footprints)
  • User can change order and display of columns (Footprints)


  • EDA content goes to "Partquest" partition instead of user-defined partition
  • Multiple parts go into one EDX (inside .pqz)
  • GUI improvements such as reorganized menu, My Symbols, My Footprints, etc.
  • Footprint Wizard:  Default exclusion of standard letters for grid numbering

December 20, 2018

Updates to the Request for EDA Content

  • All communication with the user for part requests are handled by PartQuest
  • Bug fixes 

September 2018

Updates to Custom Footprint Generator:

  • Added Terminal types:  Ball, Column, Pressfit, Pin, Through-hole (TH), Terminal-wire, Screw
  • Added Package outlines:  Cylinder, Disk Button, Flange Mount, In-line Package
  • Added Axial Terminal Position
  • Right side view now shows side and front elevations for TH Terminal types
  • Added Rounded Rectangle, Modified Rectangle, Circle, D-Shape, Double-D and Castellated.

August 2018

Updates to Custom Footprint Generator:

  • Added Package types Chip Scale Package, Flatpack, Grid Array, and MIcroelectronic Assembly
  • Added Terminal Positions Bottom, Diagonal, Quad, Triple, and ZigZag
  • Auto Terminal Numbering
  • Ability to define Missing and Deleted Terminals
  • Added Custom Naming of Terminal Groups
  • Add support for Multiple Terminal Groups
  • Add support for Bottom Terminal Position patterns
  • Adding Zoom In/Out

June 20, 2018

Updates to the Custom Footprint Generator:

  • Compliant with JEDEC standards JESD30H and JEP30-P100
  • New Package Outline Types: Array Type, Long-form, Discrete, Connector, and Switch
  • New Terminal Types: J-Bend, J-Inverted, L-Bend, S-Bend, and Wraparound
  • New Terminal Positions: End and Single


September 27, 2017

  • Added SamacSys as a supplier of symbols and footprints bringing thousands more parts with pre-built EDA content to PartQuest!
  • Symbols and Footprints for parts without EDA content can now be requested for 48 hour creation by SamacSys using Request!Request.png



August 22, 2017

  • Support for surface leads extending to the edge of the body including castellated, wettable and non-wettable, and D-Shape.
  • Update to improve logging in to credentials.
  • Bug fixes to the website.

July 13, 2017

  • Support for packages with missing leads.  This enables the creation of asymmetric terminal layouts.
  • Removed the Digi-Key login requirement. You no longer have to create a Digi-Key account or provide you Digi-Key credentials when logging into


May 1, 2017


March 20, 2017

  • Added C-Bend Lead Form to the SOIC footprints.  The footprint creation wizard now includes support for C-Bend lead forms.


January 27, 2017

  • Introducing Footprint Creation to PartQuest.  A guided wizard helps you capture the physical details of your part.  An engine then generates footprints according to the IPC7351B standard.  (DetailsThis initial release covers a limited number of package types.  Support for additional part types will be added incrementally.
  • Allow automated and batch import of downloaded EDX files to xDM Library Tools.
  • Bug Fixes.


October 20, 2016

  • More Digi-Key part numbers with symbols and footprints.  Now at 705,000 Digi-Key part numbers with Accelerated Designs symbols and footprints.


April 21, 2016

  • Introducing Symbol Creation to PartQuest. After providing a terminal list, PartQuest will generate a symbol for you. Don't worry with terminal spacing and other symbol details. Focus on capturing the terminal list and let PartQuest do the rest. (Details)
  • Removed unnecessary space in Accelerated Designs provided symbols.
  • Fixed bug during DigiKey authorization.


February 3, 2016

  • 230,000 more Digi-Key part numbers with symbols and footprints. 680,000 Digi-Key part numbers now available with Accelerated Designs  symbols and footprints.
  • xDM Library Client — Supplier Part and Manufacturer Part are mapped to user specified partition.
  • Bug fixes


November 3, 2015

  • Fixed bugs in PartQuest desktop integration.
  • Added support for Xpedition VX.1.2 release import menu.


October 22, 2015

  • Improved the setup for desktop integration.


October 8, 2015

  • PADS Integrated support (VX.1.1 and above) (Details)
  • PADS Professional support (VX.1.1 and above) (Details )
  • Xpedition Enterprise support (Windows only, VX.1.1 and above) (Details)
  • Download part attributes, symbols, and footprints through your browser instead of using Dropbox.


August 10, 2015


May 29, 2015

  • General release of PartQuest support for the PADS Netlist flows.
  • Allow users to map Digi-Key property names to user specific names. (Details)
  • PADS Netlist import utility supports viewing PartQuest DxDatabook data with existing user DxDatabook data (Details)


May 12, 2015

  • Bug fix: Searches containing a ‘%’ return all parts.


April 21, 2015

  • 88,000 more Digi-Key part numbers with symbols and footprints.  Now at 448,000 Digi-Key part numbers with Accelerated Designs symbols and footprints.
  • Ability to Favorite parts.
  • Updated layout of Tool Integration page.


April 8, 2015

  • Improved search performance.


April 3, 2015

  • BETA release of PartQuest support for PADS Netlist flows.
  • Download to specific PADS DxDatabook table.
  • Recall download location and reuse for future downloads from the same Digi-Key sub category.


March 20, 2015

  • Improved / more intuitive user interface
  • Organize parts in projects
  • Download parts directly from a search
  • Configurable search view
  • Dynamic number of columns.  Maximum number of columns shown for your browser size
  • Additional part details visible in drawer


March 2, 2015

  • 11,000 more Digi-Key part numbers with symbols and footprints.  Now at 448,000 Digi-Key part numbers with symbols and footprints.


January 15, 2015

  • Improved Digi-Key account association process.


November 4, 2014

  • Initial release
  • Searching of Digi-Key part database

350,000 Digi-Key part numbers with symbols and footprints available

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