For my Super OSD Pro project (Super OSD is divided into two versions: Lite and Pro) I'm going to be using a 4-layer board. Are there any gotchas to be aware of when using 4 layer boards?
I was thinking of having the most widely used nets (+3.3V and GND) on layers 1 and 2, and having layers 3 and 4 for carrying signals. I could also occasionally use layers 1 and 2 for carrying signals where 3 and 4 are full up.
One other thing I'm also concerned about is how to connect pins to the right layers? Say I want to connect a pin on the top to layer 2. I've always routed a trace from the pin to a via, then dropped the via to that layer, but is there a better way? I've heard of via on pad but I've also heard that can produce bad results and is only really for BGA's, not the TQFP's I'll be working with.