7 Steps of Printed Circuit Board Layout and Wiring

7 Steps of Printed Circuit Board Layout and Wiring


In the process of circuit design, the layout and wiring of the printed circuit board are very important. This article will specifically introduce the seven steps of printed circuit board layout and wiring.

7 Steps of Printed Circuit Board Layout and Wiring

As the size of the printed circuit board becomes smaller and smaller, and the device density becomes higher and higher, the difficulty of the printed circuit board design gradually increases. Want to reduce the design time while ensuring the performance of the printed circuit board, it is necessary to rely on the following seven steps about the layout and wiring of the printed circuit board.

1. Determine the number of layers of the PCB

The size of the circuit board and the number of wiring layers need to be determined at the initial stage of the design. The number of wiring layers and the stacking method will directly affect the wiring and impedance of the printed lines. The size of the board helps determine the stacking method and the width of the printed line to achieve the desired design effect. At present, the cost difference between multi-layer boards is very small, and it is better to use more circuit layers and make the copper distribution evenly at the beginning of the design.

2. Design rules and restrictions

To successfully complete the wiring task, wiring tools need to work under the correct rules and restrictions. To classify all signal lines with special requirements, each signal class should have a priority. The higher the priority, the stricter the rules. The rules involve the width of printed lines, the maximum number of vias, parallelism, the mutual influence between signal lines, and layer restrictions. These rules have a great influence on the performance of wiring tools.

3. The layout of the components

In the optimal assembly process, design for manufacturability (DFM) rules impose restrictions on component layout. If the assembly department allows the components to move, the circuit can be appropriately optimized, which is more convenient for automatic wiring. The defined rules and constraints will affect the layout design. The automatic wiring tool only considers one signal at a time. By setting the wiring constraints and setting the layer of the signal line, the wiring tool can complete the wiring as the designer envisioned.

The layout of the power cord

① In the PCB layout, the power supply circuit should be designed near the relevant circuits, rather than placed in the power supply part, otherwise, it will affect the bypass effect, and pulsating current will flow on the power line and ground line, causing interference.

②For the power supply direction inside the circuit, power should be supplied from the final stage to the previous stage, and the power supply filter capacitor of this part should be arranged near the final stage.

③For some main current channels, such as disconnecting or measuring current during debugging and testing, current gaps should be arranged on the printed wires during layout.
In addition, it should be noted that the regulated power supply should be arranged on a separate printed circuit board as much as possible during the layout. When the power supply and the circuit share a printed circuit board, in the layout, it should be avoided that the stabilized power supply and the circuit components are mixed or the power supply and the circuit share the ground wire.

Because this kind of wiring is not only easy to produce interference but also unable to disconnect the load during maintenance, only part of the printed wires can be cut at that time, thereby damaging the printed board.

4. Fan-out design

In the fan-out design stage, each pin of the surface mount device should have at least one via, so that when more connections are needed, the circuit board can perform internal connection, online testing, and circuit reprocessing.

In order to maximize the efficiency of the automatic routing tool, the largest via size and printed line must be used as much as possible, and the interval is set to 50mil. Use the via type that maximizes the number of routing paths. After careful consideration and prediction, the design of an online test of the circuit can be carried out at the initial stage of the design and realized at the later stage of the production process.

Determine the type of via fan-out based on the wiring path and circuit online testing. Power and ground will also affect the wiring and fan-out design.

5. Manual wiring and processing of key signals

Manual wiring is an important process of printed circuit board design now and in the future. The use of manual wiring helps automatic wiring tools to complete the wiring work.

By manually routing and fixing the selected network, a path that can be used for automatic routing can be formed.

The key signals are wired first, either manually or in combination with automatic wiring tools. After the wiring is completed, the relevant engineering and technical personnel will check the signal wiring. After the inspection is passed, the wires will be fixed, and then automatic wiring of the remaining signals will be started.

Due to the existence of impedance in the ground wire, it will bring common impedance interference to the circuit. Therefore, do not connect any points with a grounding symbol at will during wiring, which may cause harmful coupling and affect the operation of the circuit.

At higher frequencies, the inductance of the wire will be several orders of magnitude larger than the resistance of the wire itself. At this time, even if only a small high-frequency current flows through the wire, a certain high-frequency voltage drop will occur. Therefore, for high-frequency circuits, the PCB layout should be arranged as compactly as possible, and the printed wires should be as short as possible.

There are mutual inductance and capacitance between the printed wires. When the working frequency is high, it will cause interference to other parts, which is called parasitic coupling interference. The suppression methods that can be taken care of :

① Shorten the signal wiring between all levels as much as possible

②Arrange all levels of circuits in the order of signals to avoid crossing over of signal lines at all levels

③The wires of two adjacent panels should be perpendicular or cross, not parallel

④ When signal wires are to be laid in parallel in the board, these wires should be separated by a certain distance as much as possible, or separated by ground wires and power wires to achieve the purpose of shielding.

6. Automatic wiring

For the wiring of key signals, you need to consider controlling some electrical parameters during wiring, such as reducing distributed inductance, etc. After understanding what input parameters the automatic wiring tool has and the impact of input parameters on the wiring, the quality of the automatic wiring can be obtained to a certain extent. Guarantee.

General rules should be used when automatically routing signals. By setting restriction conditions and prohibiting wiring areas to limit the layers used by a given signal and the number of vias used, the wiring tool can automatically route according to the engineer's design ideas. After setting the constraints and applying the created rules, the automatic routing will achieve results similar to expectations. After a part of the design is completed, it will be fixed to prevent it from being affected by the subsequent routing process.

The number of wiring depends on the complexity of the circuit and the number of general rules defined. Today's automatic wiring tools are very powerful and can usually complete 100% of the wiring. However, when the automatic wiring tool has not completed all signal wiring, it is necessary to manually route the remaining signals.

7. Arrangement of wiring

For some signals with few constraints, the wiring length is very long. At this time, you can first determine which wiring is reasonable and which wiring is unreasonable, and then manually edit to shorten the signal wiring length and reduce the number of vias.

If the layout and wiring of the printed circuit board are unreasonable, even if the schematic diagram of the circuit is correct, the circuit board may not function or run with low performance. If you want to learn more about printed circuit boards after reading the above content, you can contact us for a more comprehensive solution.

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