I have two layout problems that I need to solve in Eagle, both involving high-current circuits:
First, I'm going to be laying down some FETs in SO-8 packages, and I want a good solid connection from the four drain pins to a surrounding hunk-o-copper, both for current flow and to provide a thermal path for heat sinking. For the same part I want the same solid connection to the source pins, although I don't need the copper. Connections that allow good wide traces (up to 200 mils would be nice) without stomping on the gate connection is essential, of course.
Second, I'll be putting in some current sense resistors. While I'm going cheap and using 2-terminal resistors, I'd like to make a pseudo 4- terminal device by laying the part out with four pads, but then connecting pairs of pads with a polygon or some such so that it looks and solders like a regular resistor, but so that I can have my nice high- current connections going to it with honkin' big traces, and still have some thin traces coming off of the pads -- independent of the big traces
-- in a "pseudo Kelvin" connection.
Has anyone solved this problem before? Got any suggestions on how to proceed?