From schematic to layout - Am I doing it right?

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So far I only have copied layouts from present PCBs, but this is one of my first attempts to create a layout from a schematic. Here I just followed my intuition and tried to create a sort of star ground and get short traces. Differently from the schematic, I included some additional resistor pads for possible paralleling to obtain non-standard values. I also included the possibilty to use a trimmer at the adjust pins of the voltage regulators.

Please have a look and rate it. I'm not really sure how to translate the "parts sequence" of a schematic to a layout. Any hint is highly appreciated. Thanks in advance!

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Hi

Tracks shown in red below should be replaced by tracks shown in green.

With the existing layout: Voltage ripple/spikes at the inputs cause current ripple/spikes through C4/5, which causes voltage ripple/spikes on C11/12 due to the shared copper tracks. This is bad as it injects garbage into the "adj" pins of the regulators.

Regards - Godfrey
 

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The star ground should start at the PS input connections. I prefer supplie lines to be wider traces ond common to be twice that width (where possible). I also prefer the most direct route of a connection, meaning abandoning "45s", especially in analog circuitry and most definetly in RF.
Onto the schematic drawing: Do not use X-type connections, only Ts. This is detailed in the ANSI and DIN standards. I know that even the most seasond designers do it, but after a few photo copies you may not see the connection or see one that is not there.
Enjoy pcb design and develop your creative side! E
 
I'm late - I've only just seen this...

What is the purpose of the VT5 VT11 section of this circuit ?
It does not appear to do anything useful - in fact, VT11 will burn up every time.
Anyway, R36 just makes the output resistance higher and also the load regulation will be degraded. I would delete the middle sections.

As others have already said:
You need suppression cap at the input pin of LM3x7 regulators.
With C18+19 at 100u, you need protection diodes between the LM3x7 regualtor's input and output pins.
With C11+12 at 100u, you need protection diodes between adjust and output pins.
These last 3 points are covered in the LM317/337 datasheets.

Rgds, Simon
 
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