Jim,

Here is a link to the instructions on how this must be done in 99SE.
http://www.protel.com/earticles/complex_hier_P99.htm

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----- Original Message -----
From: "Jim Parr" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
To: "Protel Users Forum" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
Sent: Tuesday, April 03, 2001 2:30 AM
Subject: [PEDA] Cannot get 'Complex - Simple' hierarchy working.


> Hi all,
>
> Using 99SE-SP5 on win98.
>
> I wonder if anyone out there can identify what my problem is.  As I have
> never used complex hierarchy in Protel prior to this I am not sure - in
> spite of reading everything I believe is relevant in help - just what to
> expect as a result.
>
> Have had no trouble with standard simple hierarchy and have used it often.
>
> I have a basic 2 sheet schematic - a master & a simple module.  The master
> sheet references 27 copies of the module schematic (create symbol from
> sheet) and each module requires unique port (symbol I/O) references to be
> daisy-chained together in a systematic way on the master sheet to complete
> an electrically accurate drawing.
>
> My understanding is that when complex-simple menu option is selected from
> the master sheet, that child copies are made of the referenced modules and
> given unique names to flatten the hierarchy.  Protel does something (hour
> glass for a second or so) but I have no idea what - no complaints
whatsoever
> and no extra files are created Nor do any changes appear in the master
> drawing.
>
> I also understand that in addition I must re/annotate the entire design
and
> ensure that the various net & port scoping options are set correctly.
>
> So - current outcome is that ERC reports 3 or "Multiple Net Identifiers"
> errors and gives up.
> The implication is that the "flatten" utility is simply not working - at
> all.
>
> I have spent 4 hours experimenting with various switches and even
rebuilding
> the master sheet 2 different ways to see if anything would point to the
> problem - no luck.
>
> What's the magic formula anyone? I would be most grateful if anyone can
help
> me with this problem.
>
> I would be glad to attach my schematics (20K zipped) except I am not sure
> what the current 'rules' are with respect to attachments to postings in
this
> forum.  Anyone who wants I will send.
>
> ===============
>
> While on this subject, I have 'taped up' - that should date me - the PCB
art
> for the repeated module.  How do I avoid many hours of work (AutoRoute is
> out of the question) by using this in a regular step & repeat fashion so
> that I easily get a full match with the netlist and all component
> designators of the design's schematics.  Is back annotate helpful here?
>
> Again, thanks in advance for any hints.
>
> Regards,
> Jim Parr (for ITB Consulting Ltd.)
>
>
>


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