Is it possible to provide the dimensions and positions for both the 2x high-speed connectors and the 4 mounting hole sizes and positions for a custom baseboard? I have looked through the Altium design files but it is quite difficult to copy the relevant footprints.
It would be really really nice if there was a single Altium library which contained the footprint for the whole iMX6 Rex module. This would reduce the chance of mis-alignment when placing each connector.
Is this at all possible?
If you have a look at the PCB, the connectors and mounting holes are grouped together by Union command. If you grab one of these components, all the elements in the union will move together (the position between each other in the union will be not change).
Martin will make an empty baseboard and empty module, so it is easier for everyone to start.
I asked Altium and at this moment, there really is not support to make a component from group of several components. Martin will let you know when the PCB files are ready.
As far as I’m aware, there is no way of adding existing footprints into new footprints.
I think what would need to be done is to copy and paste the existing pads and overlay of the high-speed connector into a new footprint, then copy and paste a second copy of the connector into the correct position. The pin numbers could be changed so that pin 100-165 represent J1 and pins 200-265 represent J2 – this would then be reflected to match the schematic symbol (part A representing J1 and part B representing J2). I hope that makes sense.
I have tried taking the existing baseboard design and removing all other components except the two connectors however as there is no overlay representing the iMX6 Rex module, I could not determine the overall positions and dimensions of the mounting holes. Likewise, I tried to do the same on the iMX6 Rex design but the footprints for the high-speed socket and high-speed plug appear to be different – the pads are of a different size and the locating holes are in different places.
I hope this makes sense.
I will have another try tonight.
please, do you know how in Altium to create one footprint with more components in it? If yes, please, let me know, we will prepare the footprint. I have not done anything like that yet.
In the meantime, you can just open the current PCB, delete everything except the mounting holes + connectors and import your schematic. That should work oki.
Have a nice day,
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