Lesson Learned … or Not

MC39100 pin out I’ve written quite a number of times about the perils of CAD software land patterns. Especially if you don’t have an exact match and need to adapt something close.

Recently, I was looking in my Eagle library for a low-drop out regulator, MC39100 is SOT223. It’s just a standard, run of the mill 7805 replacement. Nothing special. A million other parts share the same pin-out. Shouldn’t be a problem. Shouldn’t …

If I were to follow my own advice, it wouldn’t have been a problem. But did I follow my own advice? Well, not this part of it. I took for granted that all three terminal regulators follow the 78XX pin-out. Most do, but the LD1117A (below) does not. This isn’t the first time I’ve used a non-standard regulator, so I really don’t have an excuse.LD1117A pin out

Naturally, I assumed that the pin-out matched what I needed and I didn’t hunt down an LD1117A data sheet to verify their pin-out. Well, at least I didn’t do so until trying to get my new PCB to power up. Very sad.

So, is there a moral to this story? Probably. Most likely it would be twofold. One, if you’re repurposing a land pattern from a part that’s close, but not exact, double-check your work. Get both datasheets out and compare the pin-out.

The second part of the moral is, if you give advice … follow it yourself. Duh.

Duane Benson
Help! I’m blinded by the obvious.

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Duane is the Web Marketing Manager for Screaming Circuits, an EMS company based in Canby, Oregon. He blogs regularly on matters ranging from circuit board design and assembly to general industry observations.
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