Compiler Generated Junction

Parent page: Schematic Objects

The schematic compiler automatically adds junctions at each T-junction to complete the electrical connection.

Summary

A junction is an electrical design primitive. It is a small circular object used to join intersecting wires or buses on a schematic sheet. A Compiler generated junction is a junction that is automatically placed by the Auto-junctioning feature when two wires/buses are connected in a T-type fashion, or when a wire/bus connects orthogonally to a pin, power port or other electrical object. This auto-junctioning capability allows you to create electrical connections at junction points without needing to manually define the connections through the placement of manual junctions.

Availability

This type of junction is placed automatically by the Schematic Editor's Auto-junctioning feature. As such, it is not a design object that can be accessed and placed by the user.

Placement

Compiler generated junctions are placed automatically whenever a T-junction occurs during wiring, such as 2 wires meeting in a T, or a wire orthogonally crossing the end of a component pin or another electrical object, such as a Power Port.

Defining a Junction at a Cross Over

When one wire crosses directly over another wire, no connection is created (a compiler generated junction is not automatically placed). If a connection is required in this situation, a Manual Junction must be placed.

If a cross-over style junction is required, a manual junction must be placed.

Editing

A Compiler generated junction cannot be edited in the usual manner (via a dialog or graphically on the schematic sheet). The display properties of compiler generated junctions are configured on the Schematic - Compiler page of the Preferences dialog, as shown in the image below. Note that disabling the display of compiler generated junctions does not break the electrical connection at that junction point.

Configure the display options for compiler generated junctions (auto-junctions) in the Preferences dialog.

Depending on the affected wiring, performing a drag operation may result in the creation of auto-junctions at new locations. To provide visual feedback on where these new juntion instances will be, hotspots are used. Enable the use of these hotspots, and specify their color - for wires and buses - also as part of your preferences.

Control the display of predicted auto-junctioning during drag operations.

Example showing predicted new auto-junctions resulting from a drag operation.

 

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