The Data Management – Suppliers page of the Preferences dialog provides controls to configure the Suppliers made available when using the Live Links to Supplier Data feature.
The Data Management – Suppliers page is part of the main Preferences dialog (DXP » Preferences) and is accessed by clicking the Suppliers entry under the Data Management folder, in the left hand pane of the dialog.
This region of the page lists all Suppliers that can be used as part of design data management to access and integrate supply chain intelligence. Altium currently has agreements with the following Suppliers:
These agreements enable designers to access and search these Suppliers' web-databases directly from within Altium Designer.
Check the Enable option for a Supplier to be able to search that Supplier's database from within Altium Designer, and link Altium Designer components to matching supplier items. You can choose to enable any combination of these Suppliers, for use with the Live Links to Supplier Data feature. By including more Suppliers for use with the feature, you are able to compare and shop for the best deals on the components required by your design.
Use the Move Up and Move Down buttons to move a selected Supplier up or down in the list respectively. The order determines the priority given to each Supplier when returning matching real-world parts in a parts search.
If you have an account with a particular Supplier, you may be entitled to special pricing or products that are not available in these suppliers' public catalogs. If this applies to you, you should ask your supplier's sales representative for the requisite credentials that can be used with their Web Service. Once you have this information, enter it into the additional fields for that particular Supplier. The following is a summary of the additional fields presented in this region when selecting, in turn, each of the various Suppliers (in the Available Suppliers region):
To make searching for parts in Suppliers' databases more efficient, the software fills a suggested keyword into the Keywords field at the top of the Add Supplier Links dialog, based on the parameters from the source Altium Designer design component. The following following fields/parameters are used by default: Comment, Description, and Name. Parameter Names are listed in order of priority.
By default, the Comment will be used as the search criteria first. If the source component has no comment, then the next attempt uses its Description. If this is also blank, the component's Name will be used.
Further refine this initial Keywords entry as required, in the Add Supplier Links dialog, to better target the desired Supplier Item(s).
Add any parameter names here that you would like a renamed on import or made visible. Parameters imported along with supplier links or for new components can also be excluded or suffixed. To edit a Supplier Parameter Name or an Imported Parameter Name, simply click in the text box. Note that only black text is editable: any parameter names displayed in grey are not editable.