Mentor Graphics - Designer Schematic - Attaching a PCB footprint to a symbol

Struggling with a lack of symbols and PCB footprints in your design, with Designer and PartQuest integration over 1 million DigiKey part numbers can be quickly assembled. How? For passive parts, select your part from PartQuest and add a symbol. When the part is downloaded to your dropbox, it is read... More

Struggling with a lack of symbols and PCB footprints in your design, with Designer and PartQuest integration over 1 million DigiKey part numbers can be quickly assembled. How? For passive parts, select your part from PartQuest and add a symbol. When the part is downloaded to your dropbox, it is ready to use, except a PCB footprint remains to be attached. There are several options here. First you could export the ECO file and let the PCB designer select or create the footprints when importing into Layout using the Footprint selector and the datasheet you have provided. A schematic doesn’t need PCB footprints. Or the footprint can be assigned on the symbol using the footprint selector in the symbol editor Finally the footprint can be assigned directly on the schematic, simply open the footprint preview, and right mouse button in the preview window to browse footprints. Over 15,000 footprints are shipped ready to use with Designer. Simply select the library, the number of pins, and optionally the family and start browsing for footprints. Additional searching using metric measurements can be entered in the context sensitive tables. For reference inch measurements are also available. Selecting a ½ inch lead space, there are 2 body diameters in the library. Assign the correct footprint and you are one step closer to designing your PCB. For integrated circuits, edit the schematic template symbol to add pins, and add the footprint using the same process Less

October 24, 2014
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