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Creating New Devices on proteus-7.8

Creating New Devices on proteus-7.8


If a part you need to use in your design is not present in the pre-supplied libraries you may need to create it yourself. Alternatively, you may wish to permanently adjust the properties or footprints of an existing component. This section of the documentation starts from the basics of creating a new device and covers the entire process through to storing the new part in the library.

Graphics and Pins

For our example part lets assume that we want to create a Microchip MCP23008 I2C expander. The first thing we need to do is to create a graphical representation of the part on the schematic. When we are finished it should look something like the following:


Let’s begin by placing the component body as follows:

  • Select the 2D Graphics Square icon and make sure the component style is selected in the Object Selector.
    2D Graphics Square icon
  • Left click once on an empty area of the schematic to begin placement.
    empty area of the schematic
  • Move the mouse until the rectangle is around the size of the part that you want. It’s better to make this slightly larger than might be required as we can easily resize it later.
  • Left click again to complete placement of the graphic.

placement of the graphic

ISIS supports a powerful graphics style system of local and global styles and the ability of local styles to follow or track global styles that allows you to easily and flexibly customize the appearance of your schematic. See the section Graphics and Text Styles in the online reference manual for a complete explanation of how styles work and how they are used.

The next job is to place the component pins.

  • Select Component pin mode and make sure that you have the default pin type selected in the Object Selector.
    Component pin
  • Left click the mouse on the schematic to begin placement. The small cross at the end of the pin indicates the side of the pin that will be wired to so it is important that this is outward facing.
     mouse on the schematic
  • Move the mouse so that the other end of the pin touches the edge of the component graphic and left click again to place.
    Move the mouse
  • A new pin is automatically primed for placement so simply move the mouse down slightly and left click to place again.
    new pin
  • Repeat the process down the left hand side of the component graphic using the completed screenshot as a reference.
  • Move the mouse across to the right hand side and use the plus or minus keys on the keyboard to rotate the pin under the mouse until the cross at the end of the pin is facing outwards.
  • Repeat as of stage 3 to place the pins down the right hand side of the component.
  • Right click the mouse when you are finished to exit pin placement mode.

At this stage your component graphics should look something like the following:

MCP23008 body created
MCP23008 body created

The actual positioning of the pins is of course somewhat aesthetic and you may prefer to have different groupings to those we have chosen.

Now that we’ve placed the pins we may need to adjust the size of the component body. If you need to adjust the size of the component body to better fit. To do this simply right click on the edge of the component body and then left depress the mouse, drag to the new size and release the mouse to commit.

This works much like any other graphics package. For example, if you right click along the bottom you can drag up and down and if you right click on an edge and you can drag diagonally. Make sure however, that you do not leave any of the pins ‘hanging’ (not touching) when you do this, else you will have to subsequently move the pins back onto the component edge.

If you want to make fine adjustments you may need to adjust the Snap level – these options are available from the View menu in ISIS (defaulted to 0.1in) and are discussed in more detail in the reference manual.

Now that we have the basic shape of the part we need to add names to the pins. This can be done as follows:

  • Right click on the pin at the top left of the component and select Edit Properties from the resulting context menu.
    Edit Properties
  • Type in the name of the pin (SCL), the default pin number (1) and the electrical type (INPUT). You can use the other options to control visibility but for our purposes the defaults are fine.
     electrical type
  • Hit the Next button at the bottom to switch to the next pin in the list and repeat the process – the schematic will update to show which pin you are editing. If you are unfamiliar with this part and don’t therefore know the electrical type of the pin simply leave it as the default Passive type.
  • When you get to the RESET pin you’ll need to add an overbar. Do this simply by adding a dollar (‘$’) prefix and suffix to the name.
     RESET pin
  • Hit the OK button when you are finished.

You may have noticed that there is a significant omission from the schematic part as we have drawn it so far, namely that there are no physical power pins on the device. Since we do not need to wire power nets explicitly we do not need a physical pin for the component. We need only ensure that the power pins are handled correctly with respect to the physical PCB footprint and we’ll discuss this in more detail in the next section. It is worth noting however, that while it is very common to have non-physical power pins in order to reduce clutter on the schematic, you may have a preference for everything to be explicitly wired. In this case you could simply add two extra pins and name them VDD and VSS respectively.

Our final task now is to make a device from the composite graphics and pins that we have placed. Start by drawing a tag box around the entire graphic (right depress the mouse and drag the selection box). Next, right click the mouse inside the selection box and select the Make Device option from the resulting context menu.

Select all parts of the component, right click and select the Make Device
Select all parts of the component, right click and select the Make Device

This presents us with the Make Device dialogue form, where we can customize the part. All fields throughout this wizard have context sensitive help associated with them, accessed by clicking on the question at the top right and then on the field in question. However, the only items we need to deal with here are the Device Name and the Reference Prefix. The device name should be MCP23008 and the reference prefix should be ‘U’.

The reference prefix serves to categorize parts for Bill of Materials Output and is also used in annotation. These are fairly standard across the industry with ‘R’ denoting resistors, ‘C’ for capacitors, ‘U’ for IC’s and so on.

Use the Next button at the bottom of the dialogue to move onto the next screen.

Device properties section
Device properties section

Adding Footprints

In a previous section of the documentation we saw how to quickly add a footprint to a schematic part. This is useful for small passives and simple parts but, when we are creating a device we need to follow a more complete procedure. This ensures not only that we have a correct mapping between the pins on the component and the pads on the footprint but also allows us to better handle power pins.

From the screen on the Make Device dialogue form click on the Add/Edit button to launch the Visual Packaging Tool. The first thing we need to do is to find the footprint we want to use so click on the Add button at the top of the dialogue form.

Click on Add to select a package
Click on Add to select a package

This brings up the package browser dialogue which we covered earlier in the documentation. Assuming that we want the surface mount package, type SOP18 in the Keywords field and then double click on the part in the results list to select it.

Selecting the SOP18 to be the connected package
Selecting the SOP18 to be the connected package

The Visual Packaging Tool will now look something like the following screenshot.

SOP18 assigned to the MCP23008
SOP18 assigned to the MCP23008

There are several points of note here. Firstly, the pads in the preview which are white are deemed to be mapped onto component pins. This has happened as we have correctly specified the default pin numbers when we edited the pins earlier on (pad name maps onto pin number when present). If we had chosen to leave the pin number fields blank we would have to map all of the pins in this dialogue form.

Secondly, we can see that there are three pads (7, 9 and 18) which are not mapped onto component pins. Normally we would have the datasheet beside us to get the footprint mappings but in this case pin 7 is an NC pin, pin 9 is the VSS pin and pin 18 is the VDD pin.

The NC pin is easily handled – simply type 7 in the field for NC Pins. Notice that the preview on the right hand side will update to show that this pad is now considered dealt with.

We now need to add two ‘virtual’ pins for the power pins. These are pins which don’t need to be on the schematic (their connection is made implicitly according to their name) as they will add unnecessary clutter, but do need to be mapped onto pads in the footprint.

If you are in any doubt regarding power nets and connections please see the section earlier in the document on powering the circuit or consult the reference manual.

Click on the Add Pin button underneath the grid, type VSS to name the pin and then repeat the process for the VDD pin. Remember that connections to these virtual pins are made according to their name so make sure that you name them correctly.

Assigning NC pins
Assigning NC pins

Having created the pins we assign them to pads on the footprint as follows:

  • Click in the column at the far right of the VSS pin.
  • Click on the corresponding pad on the footprint (pad 9).
  • The cursor will move down to the next pin (VDD) so all we need to do is click on pad 18 on the preview.
SOP18 packaging completed
SOP18 packaging completed

We should see that all the pads on the footprint are now highlighted, indicated that the part is fully packaged. Simply hit the ‘Assign Package’ button at the bottom of the Visual Packaging Tool to commit and return to the Make Device dialogue form.

It is possible (and extremely useful) to have more than one packaging for a given component. We could, for example, follow the exact same procedure to add a DIL18 footprint to the component. Where more than one packaging exists you can specify the one which will be used by default by checking the default box underneath the package name in the Visual Packaging Tool.

Click the next button at the bottom of the dialogue form to move onto the Property definitions section.

Adding Properties to a Component

This screen allows us to add component properties to the device. We looked at doing this on a particular instance of a device (the part on the schematic) earlier in the documentation; the difference is that properties entered here will be stored in the master library part and therefore available every time we use the part in a design.

We can see that the PACKAGE property is already defined – this was what we configured visually on the previous screen

Package property already assigned
Package property already assigned

Let’s assume we want to add a property for RoHS compliance.

  • Start by clicking on the New button at the bottom left and then clicking on Blank Item.
  • On the right hand side fill out the name as ‘ROHS’ and the description as ‘RoHS Compliant’
  • The next field is the data type which in our case is a simple Boolean (Yes/No) – select this from the drop down list.
  • Change the Default value to be Yes and leave the visibility defaults as they are.
Assigning the ROHS property
Assigning the ROHS property

If you want to add more properties (e.g. MoQ, Price, Code, Supplier, etc.) simply repeat the process above.

If you are doing this on a large scale or want to apply the properties to many existing library parts we recommend you read up on ASCII Data Import in the reference manual.

Click the next button at the bottom of the dialogue when you are finished to move on to the next screen.

Attaching a Datasheet

This screen allows us to attach a datasheet to the part we are creating. To do this we would need to enter the filename for the datasheet and then configure the path as required. As we don’t have a datasheet handy we’ll ignore this step but the following screenshot shows an example of how we would set it up.

Assigning a Data sheet
Assigning a Data sheet

The main advantage of working through this step is to have the datasheet handy when you place the part. If present, you can simply edit the component and click on the Data button at the right hand side.

Click on the Data button to launch the PDF Data sheet
Click on the Data button to launch the PDF Data sheet

For convenience, we have configured many of our library parts with datasheets which you can download from our web server via this button.

Indexing and Library Selection

The final screen allows us to categorize our part and choose which library we will place it in. As we have seen earlier in the tutorial the part description and the categories are used as filters when finding and selecting parts from the library so it is worth giving some thought to your description. An example of what you might enter is shown in the following screenshot.

The Make Device form as it should look at the end
The Make Device form as it should look at the end

When you are finished simply click the OK button. You will be prompted to replace all instances of the device on the schematic – this allows you to update the current design if you are modifying a part which already exists on the schematic.

Finally, if you now select the part from the Object Selector and edit it’s properties you should see something like the following screenshot.

RoHS property is now included in the device
RoHS property is now included in the device

It is also possible to create multi-element parts in ISIS. While beyond the scope of this tutorial these are covered in some detail in the Library Facilities – Device Libraries section of the reference manual (Help Menu – ISIS Help).

#collected from the proteus>>help>> tutorial page

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