It was through-hole.

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Rob Young [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED]] 
> Sent: Saturday, August 31, 2002 12:47 AM
> To: Protel EDA Forum
> Subject: Re: [PEDA] Service Pack 7 vs DXP issues
> 
> 
> Tony,
> I meant to add to my last post that my observations on the 
> sample boards were from the Altium SMT versions.  One is a 
> rather mediocre board that was done with 8 layers and no 
> planes so the power and ground were routed in with the 
> signals.  This could account for the poor power and ground 
> routes.  The other board was the benchmark board and while it 
> did look better, it still had some problems as well.  I have 
> copied my previous post to the DXP forum below for reference. 
>  As more people who have used Situs post their comments on 
> their experiences as you did, it will be helpful in 
> understanding if Situs is better or not on large SMT boards.  
> You mentioned that your board was a simple two layer board.  
> Was it surface mount or through hole?  My autorouting 
> experience with through-hole designs has always been good, 
> but that is not where the majority of the work is these days 
> for me.  Most of the boards I get these days are double sided 
> surface mount designs that are fairly dense.  The autorouter 
> just doesn't do a good enough job for me on such projects.  
> With all the fanfare from Altium about Situs, I was looking 
> forward to something better than what I saw.
> -------------------------------
> Previous message posted to DXP forum:
> I admit I have only tried the autorouter with minimal 
> training with disastrous results but I thought that was 
> probably my ignorance in setting it up properly.  I then went 
> to load the demo boards that came with DXP and viewed the 
> surface mount designs autorouted by Altium to see what 
> someone who knows how to use Situs could produce.
> 
> Rather than describe what I found, I will just point to a few 
> areas out of
> several:
> Project:  C:\Program Files\Altium\Examples\PCB 
> Auto-Routing\PCB Auto-Routing.PrjPCB (open the SMT board) 1.  
> GND routing on bottom layer between R288 & R31 2.  VDD 
> routing on bottom layer at C140 3.  8 layers and no power 
> planes? 4.  GND routing near U2 pin 34 5.  U94 pin 27 takes 
> an unnecessarily long path to it's destination. 6.  VDD 
> routing near C60 7.  Numerous acid traps throughout the design.
> 
> Project:  C:\Program Files\Altium\Examples\PCB Benchmark\PCB 
> Benchmark.pcbdoc 8.  routing of R435 pin 2 9.  routing of U16 
> pins 38 & 40 to R336 pin 2. 10.  U59 pin 13 & pin 12. In 
> general "PCB Benchmark.pcbdoc" is better than the "PCB 
> Auto-Routing.PrjPCB" but there are still several areas that 
> need improvement.
> 
> If this is the best that a trained Situs user can produce, I 
> am not impressed at all.  I wonder what the yields of these 
> designs would be in a real production environment.


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