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[SUGGESTION] Show pin name on pad in layout

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Nils_Schaeckermann
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[SUGGESTION] Show pin name on pad in layout

Hi,

 

i think it would be very helpful if there was an option to show the pin names of a device on the pads of the footprint in the layout-editor.

If i have an commonly used footprint, where pads are just named P1-P20, i don't really care about whether a signal is connected to e.g. P13; it would be much more helpful if i knew that P13 is actually EN.

F360 Schematic.PNGF360 Layout.PNG

 

This way it would be easier to place capacitors (close to the correct pin where it is acutally needed), route signals or simply see, why a pin is connected to the given signal.

 

Currently one has to constantly check in the schematic, which function is behind a pin-number.

 

I know that this post exisits, but this is not what i'm looking for:

https://www.autodesk.com/support/technical/article/caas/sfdcarticles/sfdcarticles/How-the-visible-fo...

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Hello @Nils_Schaeckermann,

 

I hope you're doing well. Thank you for the suggestion, are you doing this to confirm that the part has been made correctly? If the signals have been defined in the schematic correctly then the airwires are generally all the guide you need.

 

If you want to confirm if the part is correct, then going into the library and confirming it is generally easier. 

 

I want to make sure I understand the need because I don't think I've seen this request before.

 

Let me know if there's anything else I can do for you.

 

Best Regards,



Jorge Garcia
​Product Support Specialist for Fusion 360 and EAGLE

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Hello @jorge_garcia2,

 

thank you for your reply.

 

No, i'm not doing this to confirm that the part has been created correctly.

 

Suppose the schematic would look like this; DEF and FSW now also connected to VSYS...

Pad turned off in symbol - because in the schematic i don't care about how the device is manufactured.

Yes i know, the symbol could be simplified by combining all 3 SW/PVIN/GND-pins into one...

F360_Schematic_without_pin_numbers.PNG

Then it would be hard to place decoupling capacitors for PVIN, PVIN_2 and AVIN, because i don't know which pin is actually PVIN.

 

But, if the pads in the layout-editor now would contain the name of the pin, it would be much easier to route, etc...

F360 Layout changed.PNG

This way, i would not have to edit the library to turn on pins and pads, i would not have to look in the schematic to find the pin-number and then look for the function, that is behind that pin...

 

Anyways... these are just my 2 cents, that would make things a little easier...

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Hi @Nils_Schaeckermann,

 

Thank you for the suggestion, I'll make an enhancement request to give users the option of showing the pin name on the board.

Generally speaking, for complete documentation it's best to include the Pad names in the schematic. With that said I understand it's a matter of preference.

 

Let me know if there's anything else I can do for you.

 

Best Regards,



Jorge Garcia
​Product Support Specialist for Fusion 360 and EAGLE

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