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We're using Allegro PCB Design XL 16.2 to do our layouts, and I am in the process of splitting a design from one board into two boards. Is there a way to do this, and still keep things within the same .dsn file?
For example, consider the following layout of an imaginary design called whatever.dsn:
Is there a good explanation of how to accomplish this? Or am I unable to do this, at least with the version of Allegro we have, and stuck having to make two seperate designs?TIA,
This can be done, I don't think it is a recommended way of working, you'll however have to be focused to do this, although its rather simple.
Capture always creates a netlist from the root folder (the folder marked with a \ inside the project manager) and all the way down in the hierarchy. So you could simply make sure that you don't reference board2 from a hierarchical block inside one of the schematics inside board1 folder.
To create a netlist for board2 - select folder board2 and right click->Make root - this will ensure that only the hierarchy that starts at the level Board2 is netlisted - now go to tools, create netlist and do your netlist.
To create a netlist for board1 - select folder board1 and right click->Make root - this will ensure that only the hierarchy that starts at the level Board1 is netlisted - now go to tools, create netlist and do your netlist.
You would need to establish connectivity between the 2 boards through connectors. Also notice that if you use CIS the part manager will only show data for one of the designs at a time.
<Looks like Ole beat me to it as I was typing!!>
I have multiple designs in one folder. Just set the desired schematic folder to the root before proceeding and that one will be used to do the netlisting.
In reply to redwire:
Thanks for the ideas, guys!
I'll try that this morning, as soon as I get this other project off of my desk :-D