I hope that you are your family are happy and healthy now, and remain so in the future. There's a lot going on in the world and I am glad you are carving out some of your precious time to hang out over here.
If you have prior board design experience, you might be interested in last week's webinar on DFM and DFA available at https://royalcircuits.com/blog. Additionally, if you like, you can register for our next webinar on "Vias". We will host it on Thursday at noon Pacific. Both of these webinars are outside the current scope of the class. So don't feel obligated to attend them -- we'll bring the content back into the course as appropriate.
Week 1 Readme
At this point you should have read:
- Project Definition, Expectations, and Guidelines
- Choose an EDA Tool
- Circuit Analysis (14 pages)
- A Final Note
- Design Files (Schematic)
- Optional -- Read "What Does Success Look Like to You" in the forums.
At this point you should have:
- Chosen an EDA Tool in the Software Selection activity
This week, we will:
- Present background information in What is Circuit Design (16 pages).
- Talk about The Four Basic Parts of Every EDA Tool.
- Find useful getting started tools for your EDA program.
- Work with your EDA group to place useful Resources for Getting Started in your EDA Program in a collaborative wiki.
- Use the EDA Program Chat to ask and answer questions with your fellow participants.
This week and next week are the last two for you to use free time to familiarize yourself with your EDA tool. Use the Resources for Getting Started in your EDA Program to work through the example files and lessons provided by your individual tool.
- If you find something useful add it to the collaborative wiki. There is a separate wiki for each EDA, so the information you see will only apply to you.
- Pages can be added with the [[name of page]] notation.
- If you would like to take charge of your group's wiki, let me know and I can escalate your privileges.
Next week we will select the parts we will use in our project. Then we transfer from "wall of text" instruction to self-directed and interactive activities. The week following next we will begin making land patterns for our libraries. The more comfortable you become with your EDA software now, the less painful that lesson will be.
Schematic and Layout