KLC F2.2

Footprint naming field prefixes

A footprint name has to convey a lot of information to clearly specify the purpose and parameters of the footprint. Some fields in footprint names are common to many footprints and can be shortened using special abbreviations.

Not all footprints will require the use of these abbreviations - they are provided as a method of standardising the manner in which footprint parameters are called out when encountered.

In many cases, the major dimensions (x/y/z) of a footprint may be specified without a prefix, as the body dimensions are assumed to have the greatest priority in the footprint name. In cases where potential conflicts exist, the body dimensions must be explicitly named with the prefix B.

e.g. SOIC-8_3.2x5.7mm_P1.27mm

Refer to the table below for accepted prefix abbreviations.

Prefix Field Description Notes
BBody dimensions
  • Body size (XxYxZ)
  • Height parameter Z may be omitted
  • Prefix B may be omitted if the body size is the major dimension used to define the footprint
EPExposed pad
  • Only used if there is one more more exposed pads under a component
  • If there is more than one exposed pad, prepend with the pad count (e.g. 3EP)
  • If exposed pad dimensions need to be added, append them here e.g. EP2.4x3.6 - 2.4mm x 3.6mm
  • Diameter of major axis for cylindrical component
  • e.g. D10mm - 10mm diameter
  • Height of component measured from PCB
  • Body size B should be used in preference, where possible
  • e.g. H1.1 - component measures 1.1mm above PCB
  • Length along major axis of component
  • Body size B should be used in preference, where possible
  • e.g. L15.3mm - 15mm length
PPad pitch
  • Pitch (distance) between pins, pads or leads
  • e.g. P0.63mm - 0.63mm pitch between pads
  • Width along minor axis of component
  • Body size B should be used in preference, where possible
  • e.g. W4.75mm - 4.75mm width
TThicknessComponent thickness, where appropriate


  • LQFP-32_4x4x1.1mm_P1.65mm - LQFP package, 32 pins, 4x4mm body, 1.1mm height, 1.65mm pitch

  • CP_Radial_D4.5mm_P2.5mm_H10mm - Radial capacitor, 4.5mm diameter, 2.5mm pitch, 10mm height

If the parameter is not found in the table above, the name of the parameter should be entered in full.

Following is a list of examples of (non-abbreviated) parameter names used in footprint naming

Prefix Field Description
BallBGA Ball diameter
ClearanceClearance between pin rows
DrillDrill diameter
LayoutSpecific footprint layout
e.g. Layout3x7 for a BGA with 21 balls arranged in 3 columns and 7 rows
LeadLead dimensions
MaskCustom soldermask dimensions
PadCustom pad dimensions
TabTab dimensions