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To handle the level of PCB designs that you are working on today, you need to download the best PCB design software on the market.
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The most powerful, modern and easy-to-use PCB design tool for professional use.
Designing a printed circuit board is an intricate task and as an electronic circuit designer, you are well aware of this. You understand the need for free PCB design software that is powerful, advanced, and efficient. While Cadence might lag with necessary updates, or deprioritize the quality of its lower-tier features, at Altium we we have spent over 30 years in research and development to bring you the best PCB design software that you can download. Our goal is to provide you with the tools that will enable you to be at your best without adding stress to your workload. To accomplish that goal, we have worked to make Altium Designer the most powerful design tool possible with advanced utilities to efficiently handle the design process freeing you to focus your energies on the design itself. Bring back the joy of pure creative PCB design with Altium Designer.
The best circuit design software is more than the functionality that you see on the surface, it is all the tools working together and based on a solid platform. To that end, Altium has created Altium Designer, one of the most powerful PCB design systems on the market today. You will find at its core a 64-bit multi-threading architecture from which the rest of the tools in this platform are based on. These tools include Altium Designer’s powerful schematic capture application with full hierarchical capabilities to handle your most extensive designs. The schematic capture side of Altium Designer flows naturally into the layout side where you will find powerful utilities for place and route, including Altium’s amazing user-guided auto-routing technology Active Route. You need a powerful set of design tools to handle your complex PCB designs, and Altium has that ready for you with Altium Designer.
Schematic Capture and PCB Layout with Powerful Design Tools
Just as Picasso didn’t paint with crayons, you shouldn’t work with anything other than the most powerful PCB design tools that you can get Altium Designer. How hard can your current design software work for you?
- Altium Designer was created with a 64-bit multi-threading architecture to put the maximum amount of design power into your hands.
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- Whether you are creating a single sheet schematic or the most complex hierarchical design, Altium Designer’s schematic capture is the tool that you will want to use.
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- Auto-routing intricate bus patterns with manual looking precision is one of the benefits that you will discover using Active Route.
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Altium Designer’s powerful Schematic and Layout tools
In addition to creating your designs you also need to validate them, and that’s where the advanced verification features in Altium Designer can really help. Where most PCB designs require multiple prototype builds to debug their power layout, Altium Designer gives you the ability to visually check your design’s power delivery network while still in layout with the PDN Analysis tool. Cadence certainly cannot compete with Altium Designer’s native 3D engine which lets you check your design to the mechanical constraints of the entire system by importing mechanical models and enclosures. Another challenge facing designers like you is having to verify your PCB design against all of the other circuit boards in the system. Altium has that covered as well with the multi-board assembly feature allowing you to import the other system PCB designs into your design session to check connectivity and fit. Altium Designer’s advanced design utilities can help you to take time off of your design cycle while ensuring that your design is correct and the way you intended it.
Support Your Place and Route with Advanced Verification Utilities
With the advanced verification tools in Altium Designer, you can send your design out to be manufactured confident that it is correct and ready to go. When’s the last time you sent manufacturing output files without having to add adjustments or corrections last-minute?
- Altium’s PDN Analyzer gives you the ability to verify your power delivery network visually in your layout before the design is complete.
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- Instead of waiting for someone else to verify your design, import the 3D mechanical data into Altium Designer and verify your placement in 3D while you work.
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- There’s no need to build all of the system boards first in order to verify connectivity and fit. Now you can work with all of your system boards at once using Altium Designer’s multi-board assembly.
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3D views of a multi-board assembly in Altium Designer
Altium Designer’s powerful platform and advanced utilities will help you from start to finish with your design job, but Altium knows that there is still more to be done. You need an efficient and reliable design system to track the changes in your design in order to know the full history, and Altium Designer is ready to do that with its version control system. The release manager in Altium Designer will contain all of your design files in one location, and you can ensure that only approved designs are released. This gives you the ability to make sure that the correct files are prepared and ready to send out to your different manufacturing vendors. Altium Designer also helps you trim down the time that you would normally spend on documentation creation with Draftsman, a utility to help you automatically create your manufacturing drawings. With the efficiency of Altium Designer, you can finish your design with speed and confidence knowing that it will be built the way you intended it to be built.
The Design Isn’t Finished Until the Documentation is Ready for Manufacturing
Don’t let your design be undermined by tools that can’t go the distance. Altium Designer is ready to help you finish the job strong!
- Track who made what changes when and why with Altium Designer’s version control system.
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- Make sure that you are releasing only verified and error-free outputs to your manufactures with Altium Designer’s release manager.
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- Altium Designer’s automated drawing creation utility Draftsman will help you to easily create professional manufacturing documentation in less time than before.
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In every way, Altium Designer is poised to help you. With the most powerful, advanced, and efficient tools available, you will be able to create a better design without errors and faster than you have ever done before. You owe it to yourself to take a look at Altium’s free circuit design software download.