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Discussion in 'Electronic Design' started by panfilero, Feb 22, 2008.

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  1. panfilero

    panfilero Guest


    I need to create a PCB layout for a surface mount design and was
    wondering if someone could point me in the right direction for getting
    started.... I've never worked with surface mount anything before. My
    only experience with laying out a PCB is using expressPCB software a
    while back and their 3 boards for 59 bucks option. But these were
    for regular DIP components. Now I have two wireless (Tx and Rx)
    surface mount chips I need to create a PCB for and am not sure where
    to begin... I think wireless chips may take extra steps too.... like a
    large ground plane or something? I have available to me a copy of
    ALTIUM, I haven't used this yet and am not sure if it's too advanced
    for a simple PCB.... (learning curve too big)....

  2. Eeyore

    Eeyore Guest

    Their software does SMT too.

  3. John Larkin

    John Larkin Guest

    Surface mount is simple; just do it. The RF stuff is trickier. A solid
    ground plane on one layer is a good idea.

  4. What for? If it's for your own use I would say: go fer it. It's easy enough.
    If it's for manufacture there is a bunch of things you just *have to know*
    about how the board will be processed "downstream" in order to get a working
  5. MooseFET

    MooseFET Guest

    Yes, I just did one. The parts are one order and soon it will be

    Pay the extra for the solder mask, it is worth it.

    Place the parts on the 0.05 inch grid because the routing works out

    Keep the parts away from the mounting holes.
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    Altium is a piece of cake if you just follow the PDF and video
    instructions on their website.

    My first board I have ever made was done with surface mount on Altium and
    turned out perfect.

    I recommend BatchPCB as a PCB fabricator - their prices are excellent.
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