2
\$\begingroup\$

I would like to ask a few questions about designing PCB boards on Altium Designer.

I am currently designing a STM32 board, but having a few issues with the schematic design.

Upon reading some post about the following errors:

  1. Net has only one pin, and
  2. Pin out of grid

I understood that 1 occurs when the NetLabel in schematics is not used anywhere else therefore the connection does not exists and there is an error.
There is an instance in this project which I don't understand: Pin 9 & 10 PA 11, 12 on J1 aren't used anywhere in both sheets but PA 11 & 12 on the IC is actually used for D_P and D_N for the USB. Does anyone has an idea as to why it would be used in this way?

And for 2 it happens when the pins of components don't align with the grid. Some posts suggested to redraw all components to make it fit the grid. I solved quite a few of the instances by just repositioning the components using the metric grid.

Am I correct?

Now for the floating label is it that the label is not attached to any wires?

Also I tried creating a Differential Pair for a USB Connector on the board, but not success when trying to use the rule wizard for the differential pairs editor as it is not stated in the list.
I have attached a picture for rules settings of the created pair. All the pictures are attached in this post.

Errors

DifferentialPair

Sheet1-Metric Grid

Sheet2-Metric Grid

Differential Pair Editor - Rule Wizard

Off-Grind

\$\endgroup\$

2 Answers 2

1
\$\begingroup\$

The first error means that the Net Label is not hooked to a wire. This could happen because, by using a grid other than the one that defines pin and wires spacing, you have misplaced the net label. This also generates the error "Net has only one pin" because you think you have connected the net on two wires connected to two different pins, but actually one net label does not generate the connection. To verify that the wire connected to the pin is hooked to the net label I suggest you click on the wire and check that in the "Properties" panel the net marked is that of the net label.

Components symbols are conventionally drawn using spacing of 100mils from pin to pin. I suggest you to never use, to draw the components and connections of a schematic, a grid other than 100 mils. Otherwise, this will generate off grid errors.

\$\endgroup\$
0
\$\begingroup\$

For the first errors you appear to have the pins flipped so the active end is not out. Therefore they are not connected even though they look (almost) like they are.

Using a metric grid for the schematic sounds like a way to have a bad day. You appear to have a display grid that's not aligned with your snap grid, for whatever reason.

\$\endgroup\$

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge you have read our privacy policy.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.