Embedded Passives




When you tag a passive layer as "Passive Add" or "Passive Sub", it is immediately added to the Embedded Passives area of the Navigator. When you have reverse engineered your embedded passive data, you can view information about the embedded passives on those layers, and highlight specific embedded passives in the workspace. To view the detail list for a passive layer, click on the plus (+) box next to the desired passive layer.

The following items appear in the detail list, in this order:

To change the conductive layer

You can only change the conductive layer if no valid embedded passives have been defined for the passive layer.

  1. Right-click on the desired conductive layer, and a shortcut menu appears.

  2. Select the desired conductive layer from the menu list.

To change the material constant

  1. Right-click on the material constant amount, and an edit box appears around it.

  2. Type the new amount, and press the Enter key.

To mark flashes as resistor shapes

To mark all flashes

  1. Right-click on the Non-Embedded Passive Flashes heading. A shortcut menu appears.

  2. Select the Mark All As Embedded Passive command. All flashes are now marked as resistor shapes, and appear in the Invalid Embedded Passives list.

To mark flashes individually

  1. Click on the plus box next to the Non-Embedded Passive Flashes heading, and the flashes are listed by X:Y coordinate.

  2. Right-click on the desired flash, and a shortcut menu appears.

  3. Select the Mark As Embedded Passive command. The selected flash has now been marked as a resistor shape, and appears in the Invalid Embedded Passives list.

To define embedded passives from Non-Embedded Passive Flashes

  1. Click on the plus box next to the Non-Embedded Passive Flashes heading, and the flashes are listed by X:Y coordinate.

  2. Right-click on the desired flash, and a shortcut menu appears.

  3. Select the Construct Embedded Passive command. The selected flash is immediately highlighted in the workspace, and you are prompted to select one of its associated termination bars.

  4. Click on the first termination bar. You are prompted to select the second one.

  5. Click on the second termination bar. A dialog box appears, prompting you to specify a reference designator for the embedded passive.

  6. Type the reference designator, and click the OK button. The embedded passive now appears in the Valid Embedded Passives list.

To define embedded passives from Invalid Embedded Passives

  1. Click on the plus box next to the Invalid Embedded Passives heading to view the resistor shapes. If you click on the plus box next to system-assigned number, you can view the coordinates of the resistor shape.

  2. Right-click on the system-assigned number, and a shortcut menu appears.

  3. Select the Construct Embedded Passive command. The selected resistor shape is immediately highlighted in the workspace, and you are prompted to select one of its associated termination bars.

  4. Click on the first termination bar. You are prompted to select the second one.

  5. Click on the second termination bar. A dialog box appears, prompting you to specify a reference designator for the embedded passive.

  6. Type the reference designator, and click the OK button. The embedded passive now appears in the Valid Embedded Passives list.

To change a reference designator

  1. In the Valid Embedded Passives list, right-click on the desired reference designator. A shortcut menu appears.

  2. Select the Change Reference Designator command. An edit box appears around the reference designator.

  3. Type the new reference designator, and press the Enter key.

To destroy embedded passives

Destroying embedded passives removes the association of the resistor shape and the termination bars.

To destroy all embedded passives

  1. Right-click on the Valid Embedded Passives heading. A shortcut menu appears

  2. Select the Destroy All command. The link between the resistor shapes and termination bars is broken, but the resistor shapes still remain marked as resistors. They are now listed in the Invalid Embedded Passives list.

To destroy embedded passives individually

  1. In the Valid Embedded Passives list, right-click on the desired reference designator. A shortcut menu appears.

  2. Select the Make Invalid command. The link between the resistor and termination bars is broken, but the resistor shape still remains marked as a resistor. It is now listed in the Invalid Embedded Passives list.

To destroy resistor shapes

Destroying resistor shapes removes their designation as resistors, and they are considered ordinary flashes.

To destroy all resistor shapes

  1. Right-click on the Invalid Embedded Passives heading. A shortcut menu appears.

  2. Select the Destroy All command. The resistor shapes are now designated as ordinary flashes, and listed in the Non-Embedded Passive Flashes list.

To destroy resistor shapes individually

  1. In the Invalid Embedded Passives list, right-click on the reference designator/number of the desired passive shape. A shortcut menu appears.

  2. Select the Destroy command. The resistor shape is now designated as an ordinary flash, and listed in the Non-Embedded Passive Flashes list.

To hide the Ohms symbol

Every flash that is tagged as a resistor on the passive layer is marked with an Ohms symbol.

Resistor Flash

  1. To hide the Ohms symbol on resistor shapes, right-click on the Embedded Passives heading. A shortcut menu appears. A check mark next to the Show Ohms Symbol command indicates the symbols are shown.

  2. Select the Show Ohms Symbol command. The Ohms symbol no longer appears on resistor flashes in the workspace. To make the symbol appear again, select the Show Ohms Symbol command again.

To hide the outlines around embedded passives

Every embedded passive that has been built is highlighted with an outline.

Embedded Passive

  1. To hide the outlines around embedded passives, right-click on the Embedded Passives heading. A shortcut menu appears. A check mark next to the Show Outlines command indicates that outlines are shown.

  2. Select the Show Outlines command. The outlines no longer appear around embedded passives in the workspace. To make the outlines appear again, select the Show Outlines command again.

To highlight all valid embedded passives

  1. Right-click on the Valid Embedded Passives heading. A shortcut menu appears.

  2. Select the Highlight command, and all the valid embedded passives for that passive layer are highlighted in the workspace.

To highlight all invalid embedded passives

  1. Right-click on the Invalid Embedded Passives heading. A shortcut menu appears.

  2. Select the Highlight command, and all resistor shapes that are not part of a valid embedded passive are highlighted in the workspace.

To highlight all non-embedded passive flashes

  1. Right-click on the Non-Embedded Passive Flashes heading. A shortcut menu appears.

  2. Select the Highlight command, and all flashes that have not been marked as resistor shapes are highlighted in the workspace.

To zoom to a valid embedded passive

  1. Click on the plus box next to the Valid Embedded Passives heading. A list of embedded passives appears, sorted by reference designator.

  2. Right-click on the desired reference designator. A shortcut menu appears.

  3. Select the Zoom To command. The workspace immediately zooms to the desired embedded passive.

To zoom to an invalid embedded passive

  1. Click on the plus box next to the Invalid Embedded Passive Flashes heading. A list of resistor shapes appears, by system-assigned number.

  2. Right-click on the number. The workspace immediately zooms to the desired resistor shape.

To zoom to a non-embedded passive flash

  1. Click on the plus box next to the Non-Embedded Passive Flashes heading. A list of flashes appears, by coordinate.

  2. Right-click on the desired coordinate. The workspace immediately zooms to the desired flash.

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