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                                Altium Adds New Extension to Flagship PCB Design Tool for Seamless SOLIDWORKS® Collaboration

                                Altium Limited, a Global Leader in Electronic Design Automation, Has Released a New Extension for Altium Designer That Provides Integrated Design Data and a Managed Design Revision Environment Between Electrical Design Teams in Altium Designer and Mechanical Design Teams in SOLIDWORKS®.

                                San Diego, Calif. – May 21, 2015

                                Altium Limited has released a new extension for their flagship PCB design tool, Altium Designer. MCAD Co-Designer: SOLIDWORKS® helps to facilitate collaboration between mechanical and electronic design teams with integrated design data, a managed change environment for design revisions, and lifecycle management for component creation, among other features. This extension is available now to purchase for all current and prospective Altium Designer customers.

                                “ECAD/MCAD collaboration has always been a major pain point for designers that everyone has been trying alleviate.” said Peter Ricci, Head of PCB at Altium. “With the MCAD Co-Designer extension, we’ve done it, and we’ve done it better than anyone before us. This is a huge step forward in making Altium Designer the best tool for a collaborative design process, and not just another electrical design tool that can be swapped out for another.”

                                Dated Design Trends

                                Current trends in product design are requiring a more tightly interwoven design process between electrical and mechanical design teams. With the introduction of intelligently connected products, customers are experiencing products in a unified fashion, with the mechanical and electrical elements forming one cohesive whole.

                                While this process has been merged from a consumer perspective, the back-end design workflow for these products still relies upon dated processes where design teams work in isolation. This has led to a number of inefficiencies for product development, including reliances on imperfect file translations, costly prototype creations, and unmanaged communication methods.

                                New Design Collaboration Potential

                                The MCAD Co-Designer extension for Altium Designer aims to eliminate the current barriers between electrical and mechanical design teams by tightly integrating the design data between ECAD and MCAD software environments.

                                By integrating directly with SOLIDWORKS®, the MCAD Co-Designer extension allows mechanical and electrical designers to work side-by-side in a collaborative process on projects without having to interrupt their existing workflow efficiencies. This extension includes a number of features for design collaboration, including:

                                • Managed design revisions. Designers now have the ability to make changes to component placement and board shape in their respective design environments. Changes are then pushed through a new ECAD/MCAD project collaboration server, which notifies the designer of changes made to a design and provides the option to accept or reject changes as desired.
                                • Integrated design data. With design data being linked between Altium Designer and a mechanical designer’s software environment, designers can now export board assemblies to MCAD software with included copper information, allowing mechanical designers to perform thermal, vibration, and other mechanical simulations.
                                • Distinct workflows and lifecycles. The MCAD Co-Designer extension allows electrical and mechanical designers to maintain their existing workflow productivity with no interruptions to their design environment. Component models and electrical data can be worked on independently in both design environments, and completed design data can then be joined into a unified component model.

                                “The MCAD Co-Designer extension adds a number of new design efficiencies to an already highly-productive design environment in Altium Designer,” said Jason Hingston, CTO at Altium. “We’re really excited to see how design collaboration begins to evolve organically between electrical and mechanical designers when there’s no longer that divisive wall between the two design environments.”


                                The MCAD Co-Designer extension is available as an upgrade to Altium Subscription for all current or prospective Altium Designer customers. Those interested in additional details on this new extension can visit the MCAD Co-Designer: SOLIDWORKS® website.

                                The MCAD Co-Designer extension currently supports integration with SOLIDWORKS®.

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                                About Altium

                                Altium Limited (ASX: ALU) is a multinational software corporation headquartered in San Diego, California, that focuses on electronics design systems for 3D PCB design and embedded system development. Altium products are found everywhere from world leading electronic design teams to the grassroots electronic design community.

                                With a unique range of technologies Altium helps organisations and design communities to innovate, collaborate and create connected products while remaining on-time and on-budget. Products provided are Altium Designer®, Altium Vault®, CircuitStudio®, PCBWorks®, CircuitMaker® and the TASKING® range of embedded software compilers.

                                Founded in 1985, Altium has offices worldwide, with US locations in San Diego and Boston, European locations in Karlsruhe, Amersfoort, Kiev and Zug and Asia-Pacific locations in Shanghai, Tokyo and Sydney. For more information, visit You can also follow and engage with Altium via Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

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