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I am trying to understand how the datasheet of the DF40 series of connector from Hirose describe the footprint.

There is a part of the footprint receptacle that is hatched and I don't understand exactly what it means.

Footprint

Footprint note

Does it mean that the hatched area is part of the pad (copper), but covered by soldermask? But in that case, why cover a part of the pad by soldermask? could it be possible to only have the pad the size of the non-hatched area?

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    \$\begingroup\$ That sounds correct. Might be so the pad does not lift/peel (it is a connector after all) but there's no reason to have solder there since it could lift the connector and you can't get to it with an iron anyways \$\endgroup\$
    – DKNguyen
    Commented Feb 2, 2022 at 14:41

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