Schematic Enhancements in Support of GOST

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Altium Designer 13.3 saw the arrival of several new styles of power port object, allowing designers to comply with the regional standards (GOST) maintained by the Euro-Asian Council for Standardization, Metrology and Certification (EASC). These standards are adhered to by designers throughout the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). Further support for GOST is implemented in Altium Designer 14.2 through the following enhancements to the Schematic Editor.

Dash-Dotted Line Style

GOST stipulates the use of the dash-dotted line style when drawing a device on a schematic sheet (on the board it’s used to show a holes’ center line). To support this, the schematic Line drawing object has been enhanced with an additional line style - Dash dotted. Switch to this style in the Polyline dialog.

Dash dotted line style for the schematic line object.

Pin Symbol Line Width

When representing a component in the schematic editing domain, each pin defined as part of that device's schematic symbol can have one or more symbols displayed. These are symbols displayed on the Inside, Inside Edge, Outside, or Outside Edge, in relation to the main component symbol outline, as required. Examples might include a Clock symbol on the Inside Edge, or a Dot symbol on the Outside Edge. Such symbols greatly improve the readability of the design, through visual indication of the purpose of the signal traversing a particular pin.

GOST stipulates that these symbols should be of the same width as the line used to draw the component's symbol. To support this, an additional property for these symbols has been added - Line Width. Available in the Symbols region of the Pin Properties dialog, choose from either Small or Smallest.

The Line Width setting will also apply to the automatic symbol used in relation to the pin's defined Electrical Type.

Example pin symbols displayed using the two supported settings for Line Width.


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