Parent page: Building & Maintaining Your Components and Libraries
The real-world component that gets mounted on the board is represented as a schematic symbol during design capture, and as a PCB footprint for board design (optionally, with a 3D model for visualization, 3D clearance checking, and export to the mechanical CAD domain). A design component can also include a simulation model for the circuit simulator, an IBIS model for signal integrity analysis. To provide a representation of design components to a wider product development arena, one or more Part Choices can be added to it.
Components for your PCB design project can be created in and placed from your company's Workspace library. These components are placed through the Components panel that uses Altium NEXUS's advanced component search engine.
A new Workspace library component is created using the Component Editor where you can define all component data (domain models, parameters, part choices, etc.) manually, or use data acquired from the Manufacturer Part Search panel.
To create a new Workspace library component:
In the Create new component dialog that opens, choose a component type. If there is a component template linked to the selected component type, this template will be used to predefine the component with the data from it.
Define the component by adding its details in the Component Editor:
Click the Advanced Settings control to define or change some other component details such as the component's Id used for the saved component in the Workspace and Folder in the target Workspace where the component will be saved.
In the Parameters region of the Component Editor, define further component details: standard parameters, URL links to website pages (for example, a manufacturer's website), and links to datasheets (in any format).
In the Part Choices region of the Component Editor, specify one or more Part Choices for the component – the 'allowed' manufacturer parts that can be used to implement the component on the assembled board.
In the Models region of the Component Editor, add links to saved (or created on-the-fly) domain models, for use by the component. A component can have one schematic symbol and multiple PCB footprint and simulation models. A component must have at least one model.
► Learn more about Creating a Schematic Symbol
► Learn more about Creating a PCB Footprint
With the component defined, select the File » Save to Server command from the main menus to save the component to the Workspace. The Edit Revision dialog will appear, in which you can change Name and Description, and add release notes as required. The editor will close after the save.
Your new component will be available to browse for and work with, through the Components panel.
A component can be defined using data provided by the Manufacturer Part Search functionality. Start typing in the Name field and select a matching manufacturer part or add a part choice to the component being defined, and the Use Component Data dialog will open providing controls for selecting data you would like to apply to the component being currently created/edited: name, description, parameters, models, and datasheets.
Altium NEXUS provides a streamlined and highly automated process to quickly import your existing libraries, relating to older component management methodologies (SchLib, PcbLib, IntLib, DbLib, SVNDbLib), to that Workspace. The interface to this process – the Library Importer – presents a one-click solution that automatically analyses the selected libraries and imports them to the Workspace to which you are actively connected.