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    Why are R,C,L component footprints different sizes, when I select same size packages?

    It dawned on me, when I selected the same size packages (0402) for resistors, capacitors, and inductors, each different component aspect (R's, C's, and L's) looked a different size, even when each component I selected were 0402. I selected 0402 Murata inductors, 0402 Murata and AVX capacitors, and for simplicity I just used, R-US _R0402 resistors and just placed the value in. Now, for some reason, the outer rectangle (red; top layer) for the capacitor will look the smallest, the inductor would be middle sized, and the resistors would look really big. Why is this? Should I be worried that my components placed in the pcb design will not overlap or be too far from each other when I place the different sized components on the board; this could result in a different dimensions on the actual board, right?

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    Re: Why are R,C,L component footprints different sizes, when I select same size packa

    Hi,

    with your given information ... what answer do you expect? Mine is: "Yes, no, maybe"
    We don´t know what software you use, nor what libraries you use.
    We don´t see t your screenshot. .. and no dimensions.

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    Re: Why are R,C,L component footprints different sizes, when I select same size packa

    Every manufacturer has their own preference.
    The best way is to use their given information on footprint dimensions.


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    Re: Why are R,C,L component footprints different sizes, when I select same size packa

    Quote Originally Posted by KlausST View Post
    Hi,

    with your given information ... what answer do you expect? Mine is: "Yes, no, maybe"
    We don´t know what software you use, nor what libraries you use.
    We don´t see t your screenshot. .. and no dimensions.

    Klaus
    Sorry, I should have told you about the software, I am using Eagle. I pasted a photo of the board layout here (I had to take a pic of it with my phone, because I am on another computer and cannot access internet with my personal computer, so its not as clear as a screen shot): https://imgur.com/a/Zt1t5. As you can see, the capacitors are the smallest, the inductors are next biggest, and the biggest are resistors. Are the resistors, capacitors, inductors suppose to be the same size (0402)? Ignore C7 though, I was thinking I might need a bigger capacitor for the input of 9v to the regulator. I am designing an LNA.



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    Re: Why are R,C,L component footprints different sizes, when I select same size packa

    Could have to do with the endcaps and the molding,
    some "reach under" further than others. For resistors,
    may have to do with guidance for power dissipation /
    self heating (expect lands would be larger for a more
    robust attach at locally elevated temp).

    But why the "why?"? Are you going to go off in the
    bushes to make your own footprints to save a square
    millimeter?


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    Re: Why are R,C,L component footprints different sizes, when I select same size packa

    Quote Originally Posted by dick_freebird View Post
    But why the "why?"? Are you going to go off in the
    bushes to make your own footprints to save a square
    millimeter?
    I was thinking If I lose a millimeter I could short the circuit on accident, because I would have thought the component looked smaller on the CAD drawing, when its suppose to be bigger and might short something or will increase parasitics (working at 2 GHz). Will PCB manufactures check to see if something is short and will fix it for me? But I will go as it is and take your word for it, this is my first microwave amplifier and PCB design. Thanks
    Last edited by skatefast08; 16th April 2018 at 20:42.



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    Re: Why are R,C,L component footprints different sizes, when I select same size packa

    Hi,

    It really doesn't look like they all are 0402 size.

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    Re: Why are R,C,L component footprints different sizes, when I select same size packa

    Many CAD libraries are using unified footprints for industry standard packages like 0402, 0603 etc., ignoring manufacturer specific suggestions. According to IPC, different footprint sizes for different design densities are suggested.



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    Re: Why are R,C,L component footprints different sizes, when I select same size packa

    Footprints also depend on component height and solder process, wave vs reflow to reduce forces of tombstoning.
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