What makes designing process enjoyable? Its when you do not need to perform many tedious tasks just to get something simple done. In EDS, we are always thinking on how to make the designing process as intuitive and easy as possible. In today’s blog, here’s 3 quick tips that you may not know on how to use EDS to its potential.
1. Use Recent and Favorites
Right-click anywhere on the workspace and you will open up the workspace context menu. EDS keep track of the 3 most recent components you drag into the schematic. Constructing a schematic that requires lots of inductors? Lazy to keep dragging in from the toolbox? You can create a new one by getting it from the “Recent” of the workspace context menu instead of dragging in from the toolbox.
Alternatively, you can mark a component as favorite in the toolbox. Right-click on any components in the toolbox and click Mark as Favorite. A tiny blue star would appear beside the component abbreviation. This would tag the component for the “Favorite” category in the workspace context menu. From then on, you can select them from the workspace context menu in all your sessions in EDS. To un-favorite, simply repeat the step above to un-favorite it.
2. Setup User-Defined Components
Have a specific component with a specific value that you commonly used? Why not package it so that you can used it across different sessions without the hassle of reentering all the values again and again? You can do that using the PDK feature (pssst.. soon to be renamed User-Defined Component, stay tuned!)
Say you want to package a 50nH Inductor, simply use the current Process Design Kit, key in the necessary information and click package. Is that easy! (You may want to set the right frequency range at setting page though). In future sessions, getting a 50nH inductor is simply dragging one from the PDK Toolbox. To make things even easier, remember to mark it as favorite for even faster and easier access.
3. Use Variables
When you have a lot of components sharing a same value, it is a good idea to use variable to represent the values. This will help you save time if there’s a need to change the value of all those components. Besides, in order to do tuning, the value must also be entered in a variable.
There are two ways to add variables. First is by adding them through the explorer panel. Click on the Add Variable + button and key in the name and value. Alternatively, a new variable can be added by simply typing in the name of the variable in the component value itself. A new variable will then automatically pop up in the explorer’s variables list where you can go to and key in the value.
We hope this 3 tips will help make your designing process with EDS more fun and easy. Remember to subscribe to our blog for more interesting tips like this in the future!