Six tips for choosing PCB components


1. Consider the choice of component packaging

In the entire schematic drawing stage, the component packaging and land pattern decisions that need to be made in the layout stage should be considered. Here are some suggestions to consider when selecting components based on component packaging.

Remember, the package includes the electrical pad connections and mechanical dimensions (X, Y, and Z) of the component, that is, the shape of the component body and the pins that connect to the PCB. When selecting components, you need to consider any mounting or packaging restrictions that may exist on the top and bottom layers of the final PCB. Some components (such as polar capacitors) may have high headroom restrictions, which need to be considered in the component selection process. At the beginning of the design, you can first draw a basic circuit board frame shape, and then place some large or position-critical components (such as connectors) that you plan to use. In this way, the virtual perspective view of the circuit board (without wiring) can be seen intuitively and quickly, and the relative positioning and component height of the circuit board and components can be given relatively accurate. This will help ensure that the components can be properly placed in the outer packaging (plastic products, chassis, chassis, etc.) after the PCB is assembled. Call the 3D preview mode from the Tools menu to browse the entire circuit board.

The land pattern shows the actual land or via shape of the soldered device on the PCB. These copper patterns on the PCB also contain some basic shape information. The size of the land pattern needs to be correct to ensure correct soldering and the correct mechanical and thermal integrity of the connected components. When designing the PCB layout, you need to consider how the circuit board will be manufactured, or how the pads will be soldered if it is soldered manually. Reflow soldering (the flux is melted in a controlled high temperature furnace) can handle a wide range of surface mount devices (SMD). Wave soldering is generally used to solder the reverse side of the circuit board to fix through-hole devices, but it can also handle some surface mount components placed on the back of the PCB. Generally, when using this technology, the bottom surface mount devices must be arranged in a specific direction, and in order to adapt to this soldering method, the pads may need to be modified.

The selection of components can be changed throughout the design process. Early in the design process, determining which devices should use plated through holes (PTH) and which should use surface mount technology (SMT) will help the overall planning of the PCB. Factors that need to be considered include device cost, availability, device area density, power consumption, and so on. From a manufacturing perspective, surface mount devices are generally cheaper than through-hole devices and generally have higher availability. For small and medium-scale prototype projects, it is best to choose larger surface mount devices or through-hole devices, which not only facilitate manual soldering, but also facilitate better connection of pads and signals during error checking and debugging.

If there is no ready-made package in the database, a custom package is usually created in the tool.

2. Use a good grounding method

Ensure that the design has sufficient bypass capacitors and ground planes. When using an integrated circuit, make sure to use a suitable decoupling capacitor near the power terminal to the ground (preferably a ground plane). The appropriate capacity of the capacitor depends on the specific application, capacitor technology and operating frequency. When the bypass capacitor is placed between the power and ground pins and placed close to the correct IC pin, the electromagnetic compatibility and susceptibility of the circuit can be optimized.

3. Allocate virtual component packages

Print a bill of materials (BOM) for checking virtual components. Virtual components have no associated packaging and will not be transferred to the layout stage. Create a bill of materials, and then view all the virtual components in the design. The only items should be power and ground signals, because they are considered virtual components, which are only processed in the schematic environment and will not be transferred to the layout design. Unless used for simulation purposes, the components displayed in the virtual part should be replaced with encapsulated components.

4. Make sure you have complete bill of materials data

Check whether there is sufficient data in the bill of materials report. After creating the bill of materials report, it is necessary to carefully check and complete the incomplete device, supplier or manufacturer information in all component entries.

5. Sort according to component label

To facilitate the sorting and viewing of the bill of materials, ensure that the component numbers are consecutively numbered.

6. Check for redundant gate circuits

Generally speaking, the inputs of all redundant gates should have signal connections to avoid floating the input terminals. Make sure you have checked all redundant or missing gate circuits, and all unwired inputs are completely connected. In some cases, if the input terminal is suspended, the entire system cannot work correctly. Take the dual op amp that is often used in the design. If only one of the op amps is used in the dual op amp IC components, it is recommended to either use the other op amp, or ground the input of the unused op amp, and deploy an appropriate unity gain (or other gain) ) Feedback network to ensure that the entire component can work normally.

In some cases, ICs with floating pins may not work properly within the specification range. Usually only when the IC device or other gates in the same device are not working in a saturated state, the input or output is close to or in the component power rail, this IC can meet the index requirements when it works. Simulation usually cannot capture this situation, because the simulation model generally does not connect multiple parts of the IC together to model the floating connection effect.

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