I've got this part specification for the Paste Mask excerpted from the datasheet:
There's a lot of lingo in this short paragraph that I would like to better understand conceptually. Specifically I want to know how to implement the prescribed characteristics using Eagle CAD layout software (I'm using 6.2 currently). I have done a lot of work in Eagle, including making my own symbols and footprints, but I have never messed with the default tStop (which defines the solder mask) and tCream (which defines the stencil) layer data, but rather accepted the automatically generated rectangular data that comes along with the land patterns.
I don't see anyplace where I can specify toe, heel, mask ratio, or extensions. So what are these terms referring to and how do I implement a fully compliant paste mask in Eagle?
Here's an example of what you get from by default by placing a rectangular land pattern:
The datasheet has these two additional pictures related to the footprint:
I'm having trouble reconciling the Paste Mask and the Solder Mask recommendations. In particular, the direction to "not place copper traces or solder mask underneath the module" in the Solder Mask section seems like a prescription that the there should be a no tStop in that hatched area, and that that same area should have a vRestrict and a tRestrict cover. Here's what that looks like when I implement it (showing vRestrict, tStop, tPlace, and Top).
It seems like I wouldn't be able to route signals to the pads in this case without taking DRC errors at every pad (because tRestrict = vRestrict, and that covers the pads entirely). Furthermore, these directions also seem to be in conflict because doesn't there have to be solder mask between the pads at least? If I add another tStop area over top of the vRestrict/tRestrict area, what was the point of me putting a tStop over the pads (1:1)? Am I missing / misinterpretting something?
Finally, here is a screenshot of my tCream layer in the same context as the tStop layer is shown above.
Same sorts of questions - does it make sense of the stencil to be cut in such a way that there are openings where there is no copper?