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Fabricating Printed Circuit Boards by Jon Varteresian

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CHAPTER 2

Basic Circuit Board Placement and Routing Considerations

Once you have a schematic captured, error checked and netlisted, then what? The netlist you generated is fed into the circuit board layout tool and used to generate the artworks needed to fabricate the printed circuit board. The rest of this chapter will guide you through the steps involved.

Circuit Board Placement and Routing Basics

You can think of the circuit board layout process along similar lines as schematic capture. The main steps in capturing a schematic are:

1) Generating symbols

2) Placing the symbols

3) Connecting the symbols

Circuit board layout is very similar. The main steps are:

1) Generating component footprints

2) Placing footprints (placement)

3) Connecting ...

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