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Modelithics 5 Minute Feature - Advanced Pad Configurations

Modelithics Pad_Mode Model Feature

The Pad_mode setting is a unique feature to Modelithics models that controls how the solder pads render in the layout. This distinctive setting gives designers more flexibility when performing EM/circuit co-simulations. Note that the Pad_mode setting only affects the layout. It does not affect the model simulation.

There are Three different Pad_Mode Settings:

  • 0 - Default to Sim_Mode  
  • 1 - Pads Always in Layout
  • 2 - Pads Never in Layout

Pad_Mode 0
(Default to Sim_Mode)
Pad_mode 0 is the default model setting in which the model defaults to the Sim_mode setting. With Sim_mode 0 (and Sim_mode 1), the pads are included in the layout by default. With Sim_mode 2 or 3, the pads are removed from the layout by default. Therefore, users must create their own solder pads when using Sim_mode 2 or 3 with Pad_mode 0.
Pad_Mode 1
(Pads Always in Layout)
As stated, when Sim_mode is set to 2 or 3, the pads are removed from the layout by default. Pad_mode 1 overrides the default configuration by always including the pads in the layout. Consider the scenario in which the user wants to simulate with Sim_mode 2 but still leave the default pads in the layout for EM analysis. In this case, the user would want to set Pad_mode to 1. For more, check out the Short Waves or Deeper Dives video presentations that demonstrate an example.
Pad_Mode 2
(Pads Never in Layout)
As mentioned, with Sim_mode 0 (and Sim_mode 1), the pads are included in the layout by default. Setting Sim_mode to 0 and Pad_mode to 2 overrides the default configuration by removing the pads from the layout. This configuration prevents the pads from wrongly being accounted for twice when simulating (i.e., both within the model AND in the EM analysis). When setting Sim_mode to 0 and Pad_mode to 2, the pads will only be accounted for within the model when simulating.