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Help Requested: Reverse Engineering PCB Layout to Circuit Design

  1. Sep 22, 2012 #1
    Dear All

    I have been recently started to work with Reverse Engineering technology and I would now like to determine a circuit layout diagram of a charge controller from its PCB Layout.

    Can anyone please help me with this one. I have uploaded the PCB design for your reference.

    Please note that this is purely a hobby project and I highly discourage commercial personalities business advice.

    Thanking you all in advance
     

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  3. Sep 22, 2012 #2

    davenn

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    you just have to start somewhere at a point and start drawing out the components as a schematic. once everything is drawn out, and checked to make sure you havent missed any interconnections then you can work on tidying up the schematic into something that looks easy to follow

    I have done this so often over the years on substantially more complex ccts than that one of yours

    Initially I will draw it out on paper and once I have a reasonable looking layout I will then use MSpaint ( paintbrush) to do the final drawing like you see below so I can store it on the puter for future reference

    eg.....

    attachment.php?attachmentid=51094&stc=1&d=1348309705.jpg

    attachment.php?attachmentid=51093&stc=1&d=1348309710.gif

    The first image the actual unit

    the second image, a reasonable schematic

    This board was particularly difficult as it was double layer
    cheers
    Dave
     

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  4. Sep 22, 2012 #3

    davenn

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    Its been one of those 10 year projects to put this unit onto the 24GHz amateur radio band, It may never happen as other ex commercial gear became available that was much easier to convert

    here's another example I did some years back.....

    attachment.php?attachmentid=51095&stc=1&d=1348310345.jpg

    attachment.php?attachmentid=51096&stc=1&d=1348310345.gif

    its takes some serious concentration magnifier lamp good backlight
    but its often worth the effort

    cheers
    Dave
     

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  5. Sep 23, 2012 #4
    Dear Davenn thank you a lot for your replies...I am working on the circuit schematic...since this is my first one so I am a little bit confused...i made an initial draft last night and wanna confirm whether it is correct or not...can you suggest me any ways to perform that ?

    thanking you again
     
  6. Sep 23, 2012 #5

    davenn

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    post a pic of the layout on here once you have tidied it up, and if I have time or some one else may get a chance to compare it with the PCb layout you gave above :)

    Dave
     
  7. Sep 24, 2012 #6

    es1

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    Lostmind, Do you have the actual CAD of the layout or just the image? Can the CAD tool just print a connection report on all the nets and a BOM? Should be fairly straight forward to reconstruct a schematic from that information.
     
  8. Sep 25, 2012 #7

    sophiecentaur

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    You have 'true grit' Dave. I'm very impressed! Much worse than the Guardian Crossword.
     
  9. Sep 25, 2012 #8

    berkeman

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    Yes, beautiful work Dave! :smile:
     
  10. Sep 25, 2012 #9

    dlgoff

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    Nice indeed. I'm thinking the paint work was the hardest. :devil:
     
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