Components in an Altium NEXUS Server

Created: March 26, 2021 | Updated: June 29, 2022
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The NEXUS server Workspace gives you convenient access for browsing all of the managed components that are currently stored within the server. Accessible through the Workspace's browser interface, the Components view allows you to see what (and how many) components you currently have at your disposal, and the detailed information and data for each part.

  • Note that the term 'managed components' simply means components that are stored within a Workspace.
  • This document takes a look at working with existing managed components through the Workspace's browser interface. For an overview of working with managed components in your design software, including the creation of new managed components and migration of existing file-based libraries of components, see Component Management.

Accessing Your Components

Access your managed components through the Components page of the Workspace's browser interface. The page presents a tiled array of the various component types, along with the total number of existing components of each type. From here you are able to drill down to see individual components and get detailed information about them.

The component supply chain data is sourced from Octopart, however for some organizations, component supplier data is (and must be) sourced from an internal company enterprise system that provides a proprietary set of parts supplier data. This might be based on a tightly approved range of vendors and/or special pricing structures.

The above situation is catered for by the alternative Altium Custom Parts Provider, which when configured for synchronization through the Altium NEXUS design client, allows the supplier data from a specified database source to be mapped to the Workspace supply chain data. This functionality requires version 3.2 (or newer) of the Altium NEXUS design client. For more details, see Supply Chain Database to Workspace Data Synchronization.

Browsing Components

When first accessed, the Components page presents a summary of the components in the Workspace, by type. Clicking on a tile will present a flat listing of all components of that type. This listing can also be accessed by choosing a component type from the drop-down at the top-left of the page. The type of component category a particular component is listed under is determined by its Component Type parameter. This parameter is specified when creating or editing a component, or when components are imported into the Workspace. See Component Management with a Workspace for more information.

Since the category a component is listed under is set by its Component Type parameter and not the folder it resides in, moving a component to a different folder – say, using the Explorer panel on the design side – will not affect its type category on the Components page.

See the design client's Explorer panel and (the equivalent) Components panel for more information.

An example of browsing all diode-type components in a Workspace.An example of browsing all diode-type components in a Workspace.

Click the control at the far right of the header region to access a window in which to control which columns of data are displayed. All parametric data can be displayed in unique columns. Use the Search field to quickly find a particular component.

Selecting a component entry will present its detailed information within the right-hand information pane, as shown in the following image and list:

Select a component entry to load detailed information for it in the right-hand pane.Select a component entry to load detailed information for it in the right-hand pane.

  • Component Name
  • Description
  • Item ID
  • Revision State icon and Revision ID
  • Stock Availability
  • Median Price
  • Manufacturer Lifecycle State color icon
  • Parametric Data
  • Models – symbol and footprint(s)
  • Reference Documentation – datasheet(s), pinouts, etc.
  • Part Choices with Lifecycle State color code
  • Where-used Information – where the component is used (within a design project, or on a managed schematic sheet) with a link to the parent entity.

Accessing the Manufacturer Datasheet

For each component, you can quickly access its manufacturer datasheet (which opens on a separate browser tab). To do so, select the component of interest, click the control at its far right, then choose the Open Datasheet command from the associated menu.

Access the manufacturer datasheet for the selected component, which opens on a separate browser tab. Access the manufacturer datasheet for the selected component, which opens on a separate browser tab.

The datasheet also can be accessed by clicking the Datasheet link in the References region of the right-hand pane.

Accessing the Component Page in Octopart

For each component, you can quickly access its page within the Octopart site (which opens on a separate browser tab). To do so, select the component of interest, click the control at its far right, then choose the Show in Octopart command from the associated menu.

Access the page on the Octopart site for the selected component, which opens on a separate browser tab.Access the page on the Octopart site for the selected component, which opens on a separate browser tab.

Deleting a Component

You also can delete a component (provided you have editing rights to the folder in which it resides). To do so, select the component in the list, click the control at its far right, then choose the Delete command from the associated menu. The Delete window will appear, in which to confirm the deletion. The action is actually a 'soft delete', whereby the component will be moved into the Trash area of the Workspace. You can also opt to delete the component's related items (e.g. symbol, footprint model(s), simulation model, datasheet). Note that these can only be deleted if they are not being used elsewhere (by one or more other components).

Delete a component directly from the Components page. This is a 'soft delete', with the component (and any related items as applicable and permitted) moved to the Trash.Delete a component directly from the Components page. This is a 'soft delete', with the component (and any related items as applicable and permitted) moved to the Trash.

To proceed with the deletion, click the button. The component will be removed from the main listing of components. A Deletion Summary window will confirm the successful deletion of the component. If any related items could not be deleted, this will be flagged to you.

All components deleted in this manner can be found on the Trash page of the interface. Note that you can only view components (and any other items for that matter) that you have personally soft deleted. Administrators will be able to see the full content of the Trash page – so all items that have been soft deleted.

Things to consider in relation to a soft deleted component:

  • The component will not be available from the NEXUS design client, or from within the browser interface.
  • Anywhere the component was being used will reflect that the component has been deleted.
  • A component can be restored or permanently deleted from the Trash page. Permanent deletion is only possible provided if it is not being used on a managed schematic sheet, or within a design.
Note that if you have soft deleted a component – moved it to the Trash – you can create a new component with that same name again. If you were to subsequently restore the original component and the original name is taken, an integer suffix will be used to keep its name unique within the Workspace.
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