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Overall Flow

The following will explain the overall flow from circuit design to PCB design.

Schematic Design
Place component symbols, connect wires, and create an electronic/electrical circuit drawing.
Connection information can be linked with post-process printed circuit board design (artwork).
  Prepare the Drawing Frame
=>Creating Drawing Frames
  Prepare Pins
=>Creating Pins
  Prepare Symbols
=>Creating Symbols
  Prepare Components
=>Creating Components

Prepare data for the drawing frame and components required for the design.
The work procedure is Pins => Symbols => Components.

Create a New Schematic
  Create a new circuit project
=>Creating a New Circuit Project

First, create a new project and circuit drawing for the schematic design.

Place Components
  Place Component
=>Place Components
  Renumber References
=>Renumbering References

Place components on the drawing.
Consider placement so that it is easy to understand circuit operation.
If it becomes complicated, the drawing may be divided into multiple sheets.

Connect Wires
  Connect Wires
=>About Wiring
  Connecting Using Bus Wire
=>Bus Route
  Specify the net using a label
=>Label Placement and Editing
  Place Ports
=>Placing Ports
  Display the Port Address
=>Port Address Operation

Connect wires, and draw the schematic.


Schematic Verification (ERC/DRC)
  Perform a check of the electrical connections of the schematic
=>Run ERC
  Perform a visual check of the schematic
=>Run DRC

Check whether there are any problems with the schematic connections or display.

Various Exports
  Export BOM
  Export Netlist
=>Export Netlist
=>Print Schematic

Print the Netlist, BOM, and drawing, and the schematic creation is complete.

Next, using Transfer to PCB (Net Reading), you can easily begin PCB design.
* Before executing Transfer to PCB, it is necessary to register the footprint for the drawn component.
For more details, refer to Assign Footprint (PCB Component Assignment).


Printed Circuit Board Design
Based on the connection information and components designed in the schematic, create a pattern for a printed circuit board.
  Prepare Footprints
=> Footprint, IPC Footprint
  Prepare Components
=>Creating Components

Prepare data for the footprints and components required for the design.


Create New PCB
  Create a new PCB Project
=>Creating a New PCB Project
  * When linking with a schematic
Transfer to PCB
=>Transfer to PCB (Net Reading)

First, create a new project and PCB drawing for the PCB design.

Read Net Information
  Read the Netlist
=>Transfer to PCB (Net Reading)
  Net Operation
=> Add Net, Delete Net

Read the component and connection information designed on the schematic.

Design Preparation
  Configure layer settings
=>Layer Settings
  Configure the design rules
=>Clearance Settings
  Board Outline and plain hole drawing
=>Board Outline Drawing

As preparation for designing, configure design rules such as the number of layers and the route width.
In addition, draw the Board Outline and plain holes.

Place Components
  Align components according to the Reference
=>Align Footprint
  Renumber References
=>Renumbering References

Consider the component electromagnetic characteristics, thermal characteristics, I/O signal level, and frequency, and execute placement so that routing will be easier to perform later.

Execute routing
  Execute routing
=>Routing Work

Execute routing by considering the current capacity and impedance, etc.


Draw Planes
  Draw Planes
=>Drawing Planes
  Add power supply reinforcement vias
=>Via Placement

After completing board routing, fill the gaps in the pattern with planes (copper).

PCB Verification (DRC/MRC)
  Check the electrical rules and manufacturing rules of the PCB

Check whether there are any design rule violations

with the printed circuit board design.gn rule violations with the printed circuit board design.


Various Exports
  Export Gerber
=>Export Gerber
  Export NC Drill
=>NC Drill
  Export the NC Drill List
=>NC Drill List
  Export Component Coordinate
=>Component Coordinate Export
=>PCB Print
  Export ODB++
=>Export ODB++

Perform export of various files for board manufacturing from the completed printed circuit board design.



Draw 3D
* This is not a required operation.
  Show in 3D
=>Draw 3D
  Export IDF File
=>Export IDF
  Export STEP File
=>Export STEP

Confirm the printed circuit board design using 3D display, and export it as a 3D file for linking with the 3D tool.