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Q&A Altium. Reusing schematic symbols for pin-compatible parts.

1 answer  ·  posted 2mo ago by Nick Alexeev‭  ·  last activity 2mo ago by Mu3‭

#1: Initial revision by user avatar Nick Alexeev‭ · 2022-07-20T22:47:48Z (2 months ago)
Altium.  Reusing schematic symbols for pin-compatible parts.
I want to create a schematic symbol and reuse it for multiple ICs which have identical pinouts.  For example, OpaMPS, or the venerable SN74LS00, SN74HC00, SN74HCT00.  How can I do this in an Altium library without copying and pasting the symbol every time?

I'd like to create a library where I don't need to remember all the pin-compatible sets, and I can go by the part number in the library.  I want to find out what kind of support Altium has for that.  

I know I could drop a symbol and change the comment from ADuM2250 to ISO1640DWR.  But that would not be the workaround I'm looking for.

For a comparison, OrCAD has aliases for schematic symbols. Each symbol can have multiple model numbers associated with it.