UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO: DEPARTMENT OF ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING (POWER GROUP)3.
REMEMBER TO DESELECT YOUR SELECTED OBJECTS. The program will notautomatically deselect the objects for you. You can deselect the object(s) by selecting the
Edit >> Deselect >> All
. Alternatively you can just press the
(where a smallwindow will appear) and use the keyboard / mouse to select the
on the left panel (Same as the Explorer Panel).
Browse >> Libraries
to find electronic components / parts of interest. Note thelibraries listed are the most popular libraries used. If a component you wish to use does notexist in the library, you should search the entire library database by clicking on the
. To perform a thorough search of the entire database, activate
prior to searching. Once you enter the part / component click
.If the search was successful a number of libraries containing this component will be listed inthe lower part of this window. At this point you want to select
Add to Library List
. Thiswill add the library to the freely accessible library list on the left panel. If the component/ part does not exist, go to
and search through their component libraries. It is possible an update package may exist that contains the component you’re interested in.
Note each component has the following attributes. Once you select the part, prior to positioning the part on the schematic press
(otherwise if the object is already placed andyou wish to change its attributes, merely double click on the object and the window of interest will pop up). An attribute menu for the part will appear with the following attribute(listed below).
: You as the user are not privileged to change the default designators. If you wish tochange these designators, you will suffer from numerous errors upon attempting to simulate your circuit or to create your desired PCB. For example, the default designator for the Resistor is“R?” this annotation means that all resistors should have a designator that starts with the letter R and ends with a number from 1 to however many resistors you use. Therefore, once you selectyour component on the board and double click on the component, you will see “R?” It is thedesigners duty to change the “?” to the appropriate number.
Library Reference Number
: Again this number cannot be changed, errors will result later in thedesign process. Leave as is. This number may be useful in searching for components if youforget their name. Note these numbers are Protel’s reference numbers (they may be different for other software packages).
: In order for the schematics to be complete each component must have its respectivefootprint. The “footprint” is basically the dimension of each part, as it would appear on a PCB. Note all footprints used must exist in the PCB library within the Protel software. Foreignfootprints will just cause errors, which you want to avoid at all costs. In addition, note thefootprints are case sensitive (so pay attention). For example, a resistor may have the followingattributes: