Tech-Tip: Creating a Connector Pin Netlist

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Checking the pinout of your connectors is an important part of creating your printed circuit board. Checking your pin connections can save you from a costly re-spin of your circuit board.  This can be done using the Constraint Browser in Design Force. By default, the Constraint Browser does not show this information.

To create the view needed you must use the Customize Table Configuration. Add a new tab to the spreadsheet view of the Constraint Browser. Once you have added the new tab you can set the filter to only show connectors in the tree view. Afterward, expand all of the Child items, and select all of the pins to be visible in the spreadsheet view. This can be selected, copied, and pasted into an excel spreadsheet.

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Brian Gilman
Brian Gilman
Applications Engineer
Brian Gilman is an applications angineer, supporting customers with CR-8000/CR-5000 training and consulting. He works directly with the customers on a daily basis helping them work through the technical challenges they face. He loves to ski and must be on the first chairlift in the morning to lay down the first tracks on fresh powder.