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Altium Designer has the advanced impedance calculating and routing tools to make you successful when routing your differential microstrip pairs.
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Routing differential pairs on your PCB design is nothing new; PCB layout designers have been doing this for years. Over time PCB design tools have grown to help with different routing features to make the task of routing differential pairs easier and more efficient. The next level is here though, and PCB layout designers are now finding themselves having to become more precise in their work. Instead of just routing traces, designers now have to calculate their differential microstrip and stripline trace widths and clearances in order to create the most optimum layout of the board.
Altium has been preparing for this for a long time, and over the years they have enhanced and improved Altium Designer to give you the functionality you need. From the different differential routing features to the impedance calculator and the high speed rule sets, Altium Designer has been the PCB design tool of choice for your high speed design needs. And now Altium Designer has gotten even better with the ability to calculate different impedance profiles in order to help you route your differential microstrip pairs.
Before you start routing those traces on your board, you should spend some time learning more about impedance controlled and differential pair routing. Coming up with the correct trace widths and spacing between the pairs is important when controlling the impedance, and calculating those values is the key to success. There are many calculators available to you online, as well as built into your PCB design software. There’s also a lot to know about why you are routing differential pairs and the do’s and don’ts of successful routing strategies. It is also important to know how your design tools can help you set up and route your diff pairs.
Before you commit yourself to routing the differential pairs on your design, take a look at some of these helpful articles.
Altium Designer’s enhanced layer stack manager will calculate a number impedance profiles
Altium Designer has been created with the tools you need for successful differential pair routing whether your diff pairs are going to be microstrip or stripline configurations. With the enhanced layer stack manager coming out with the latest release of Altium Designer, you will be able to calculate your impedance controlled routing trace width and spacing values for a number of profiles including microstrip and stripline differential pairs. Those values will then be forwarded directly into Altium Designer’s design rules enabling you to jump into your routing with a lot of extra hoops to jump through first.
You will also find within Altium Designer the differential pair routing tools you need that will enable you to push, shove, and gloss them all while maintaining their desired width and spacing rules. Altium Designer goes even further than that with an advanced set of high speed rules to control measured lines, signal paths, routing topologies and a whole lot more.
Don’t make coupling harder than it has to be. Utilize the tools which make managing any mode of characteristic impedance, tracking your dielectric constant, and any transmission, frequency, or noise necessities a breeze. From calculating your microstrip impedance values to routing the differential pairs, Altium Designer has the high speed tools you need to get the job done right.
Differential microstrip routing in Altium Designer
Altium Designer is much more than just a superior high speed design tool however; it is a completely contained system that delivers a total solution for your PCB designs. Starting with schematic capture, Altium Designer delivers power and performance in an easy to learn and use editor that will get you going immediately on your next design. Altium Designer’s advanced place and route functionality will help you to lay out your printed circuit board in less time than you would have believed possible. And when the design is done, Altium Designer still isn’t finished. With state-of-the-art documentation tools and file generators, Altium Designer will help you to finish your design as strong as you began it.
From schematic capture, to PCB layout, and concluding with manufacturing outputs, Altium Designer is the PCB design system you need to get your work done.
Routing impedance controlled differential microstrip pairs is a challenging task. With Altium Designer at your back, you know that you will have all the automated CAD help that you need to finish this task on time and with absolute accuracy.