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18.02.2015

Schematic Symbol Properties for DxDesigner
As we’ve covered in other posts on schematic symbols, one of the key goals of a librarian is to maintain consistency, both in... READ MORE

17.02.2015

DxDesigner Tutorial: Pin Name Abbreviations
Optimum’s symbol library makes extensive use of various abbreviations in symbol names. Our previous posts have dealt with the... READ MORE

13.02.2015

DxDesigner Tutorial: Schematic Symbol Pins
While having appropriate labeling and naming for schematic symbols is the most critical aspect of organizing your symbol library,... READ MORE

12.02.2015

DxDesigner Tutorial: Schematic Symbol Naming Conventions
Much like your library of footprints or cells, proper naming conventions are critical for easy identification and utilization of... READ MORE

11.02.2015

Mentor Expedition Library Tutorial: Renumber Pins Referenced by Parts
At various points in your design process it may be necessary to modify the pin naming or numbering of components in your design.... READ MORE

29.01.2015

About Optimum's Library Management Service
If you're familiar with Optimum Design's work, you probably know all about our EMS and PCB design services. What you may not... READ MORE

28.01.2015

Mentor Expedition Library Tutorial: Add Dimension Data to a Cell
Dimensioning data can be an invaluable tool to PCB designers and librarians. It helps ensure accuracy and consistency, with... READ MORE

26.01.2015

Mentor Expedition Library Tutorial: Make Schematic Symbols from CSV Files
General Process Overview                 Select a symbol                 Export pins to ms excel spreadsheet                 Make... READ MORE

23.01.2015

Mentor Expedition Library Tutorial: Delete a Cell Referenced by a Part
While it won't always be necessary, there will come times when Cells must be deleted from your part library. Perhaps an error was... READ MORE

22.01.2015

Mentor Expedition Library Tutorial: Display Control Settings for PCB Library
Mentor’s Display Control gives designers and librarians myriad options for influencing how a design is displayed on the screen.... READ MORE

20.01.2015

Mentor Expedition Library Tutorial: Making PCB Library Components from Existing Parts
For increased consistency within a PCB library, it is often best to create new library parts from previously existing components... READ MORE

19.12.2014

PCB Library Management Part Five: Miscellaneous Modifiers
Throughout this series we’ve taken a look at almost every facet of library organization, with the end goal of streamlining the... READ MORE

18.12.2014

PCB Library Management Part Four: Pad and Padstack Naming
Pads and padstacks are one of the most critical portions of the library, and one of the easiest areas to make mistakes. As is the... READ MORE

17.12.2014

PCB Library Management Part Three: Symbol Naming
Symbols are the second major portion of any PCB library. Electrical symbols show the connection between parts, and are utilized... READ MORE

16.12.2014

PCB Library Management Part Two: Footprint Naming Conventions
Organizing your parts into partitions based on part type is a major step in organizing your library, but properly labeling each... READ MORE

15.12.2014

PCB Library Management Part One: Library Partition Naming
Component libraries can be difficult to manage, especially if multiple users are building the library without the aid of a... READ MORE

06.12.2014

Mentor Expedition Library Tutorial: Mass Re-number Pins
There will come a time when the pin numbering on one of your library components just isn’t right. Gates could be swapped during... READ MORE

05.12.2014

Mentor Expedition Library Tutorial: Parameter Placing Pins
Placing pins can be one of the most time consuming aspects of library part creation – especially on components with high pin... READ MORE

04.12.2014

What Should My PCB Footprints Include?
Building a component library for your PCB designs is a painstaking process. Ensuring that all of your parts are perfectly... READ MORE

22.09.2014

What is PCB Library Administration and What Can it Do for You?
PCB layout design is not rocket science, but it does take time to do right. By taking the time to review your designs before you... READ MORE
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