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 one design spanning multiple boards 

Last post Tue, Mar 2 2010 9:37 PM by mpfleger. 3 replies.
Started by mpfleger 02 Mar 2010 09:00 PM. Topic has 3 replies and 1321 views
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  • Tue, Mar 2 2010 9:00 PM

    • mpfleger
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    one design spanning multiple boards Reply

     Hi.

     We're using Allegro PCB Design XL 16.2 to do our layouts, and I am in the process of splitting a design from one board into two boards. Is there a way to do this, and still keep things within the same .dsn file?

     For example, consider the following layout of an imaginary design called whatever.dsn:

    • whatever.dsn
      • board1
        • schematic1
        • schematic2
      • board2
        • schematic1
      • Design Cache

    Is there a good explanation of how to accomplish this? Or am I unable to do this, at least with the version of Allegro we have, and stuck having to make two seperate designs?

    TIA,

    Mike

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  • Tue, Mar 2 2010 9:12 PM

    • Ejlersen
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    Re: one design spanning multiple boards Reply

    Hi Mike

    This can be done, I don't think it is a recommended way of working, you'll however have to be focused to do this, although its rather simple.

    Capture always creates a netlist from the root folder (the folder marked with a \ inside the project manager) and all the way down in the hierarchy. So you could simply make sure that you don't reference board2 from a hierarchical block inside one of the schematics inside board1 folder.

    To create a netlist for board2 - select folder board2 and right click->Make root - this will ensure that only the hierarchy that starts at the level Board2 is netlisted - now go to tools, create netlist and do your netlist.

    To create a netlist for board1 - select folder board1 and right click->Make root - this will ensure that only the hierarchy that starts at the level Board1 is netlisted - now go to tools, create netlist and do your netlist.

    You would need to establish connectivity between the 2 boards through connectors. Also notice that if you use CIS the part manager will only show data for one of the designs at a time. 

    Best regards

    Ole

    Best regards Ole
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  • Tue, Mar 2 2010 9:15 PM

    • redwire
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    Re: one design spanning multiple boards Reply

    <Looks like Ole beat me to it as I was typing!!>

     I have multiple designs in one folder.  Just set the desired schematic folder to the root before proceeding and that one will be used to do the netlisting.

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  • Tue, Mar 2 2010 9:37 PM

    • mpfleger
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    Re: one design spanning multiple boards Reply

    Hi!

    Thanks for the ideas, guys!

    I'll try that this morning, as soon as I get this other project off of my desk :-D

     

    Cheers,

    Mike

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