HDI PCB Design With Altiums Integrated Design Tools
It’s been the trend for the last 70 years: engineers and designers are packing ever more functionality onto their boards and into individual chips. Your design software needs to keep pace with technological developments. The best design software includes auto-interactive routing tools and via design features that are adaptable to any design. Only Altium Designer places all these features into a single program with a unified rules-driven design engine. You’ll be able to design high-density PCB interconnects with ease.
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The only unified PCB design package with auto-interactive routing and layout tools for multilayer HDI PCBs.
As electronics become faster and more capable, they require greater functionality in a smaller package. From smartphones to smartwatches and other IoT devices, HDI design is slowly becoming the norm rather than the exception. Keeping up with new technology and design techniques means that designers need to rethink how they layout components, as well as design interconnects and vias in their boards.
With the right design software, you’ll be able to define the trace geometry, via size, and layer stackup that you need to pack the functionality you need, onto your board without breaking your form factor requirements. Working with a design package that integrates your via and trace design tools into a single interface that includes your layer stack manager. You should have all the tools you need for HDI design in a single program.
Different boards have different requirements on form factor, must-have functionality, and the important components that must appear on the board. With high-pin count devices that must run at high speed and must be packed at high density, HDI design techniques will help you pack the functionality you need into a smaller board space. This is where trace geometry, stackup, and via design become important as they ensure you can create interconnects between components while ensuring signal and power integrity.
It Starts With Your Stackup
Implementing HDI design techniques on your board requires designing the right stackup. You’ll need to ensure that you can route the high density of signals you need between components while providing EMI shielding and ensuring signal integrity. Accessing the inner signal layers requires designing the right vias and designing landing pads that link directly to your traces. Your PCB stackup forms the foundation of your next HDI board, and working with the right stackup will make your routing and layout tasks much simpler.
- Routing between the inner layers of your HDI PCB takes creative use of vias. You can save a significant amount of space with blind and buried vias.Learn about working with blind and buried vias in HDI PCBs.
- Multilayer boards are a mainstay in high-density PCB design, and you’ll need to choose the right HDI stackup for your particular application.Learn more about designing your stackup for HDI PCBs.
- Designing vias for HDI PCBs is easier than you think when you use the right PCB design software.See how you can design blind and buried vias in Altium Designer.
Trace geometry design for HDI PCBs in Altium Designer
HDI boards require tight spacing on adjacent traces, vias, landing pads, components, and all other aspects of your board. The best way to ensure that your board stays optimized and that your layout meets these important requirements is to work with rules-driven software. This type of software allows you to define important geometric constraints and industry standards on your HDI board as design rules.
Automated Error Checking During the Layout Phase
PCB design software that is built on a rules-driven design engine helps you in two ways. First, your design rules will integrate directly into your design features and will automatically check your layout as you build your board. Second, you can check all aspects of your design after you complete your layout and generate a report of issues that must be solved. Other command-line based CAD packages and PCB design platforms that separate features into different programs can’t offer this level of reliability and adaptability.
- You’ll need to design your layer stack to optimize routing and ensure signal integrity in sensitive traces.Learn more about designing the right HDI layer stack.
- With greater functionality comes higher signal speeds, and high-density PCB interconnects are no exception.
- Traces in your HDI board require tight tolerances. When you use rules-driven design software, it becomes easy to keep your traces within tolerances and ensure signal integrity.
Defining PCB routing rules in Altium Designer
If you’re an electrical engineer or designer, you need schematic design tools that integrate directly with ultra-accurate CAD tools. Your productivity and ability to collaborate across your organization is greatly enhanced when these tools are present in a single design program. Instead of working with design programs that separate critical features in separate interfaces, you need a single design program that unifies your tools on top of a single design engine.
Altium Designer: The Only Integrated PCB Design Environment
If you need to implement high-density PCB design techniques in your PCB, you need a design platform that unifies your schematic, layout, routing, and documentation features in a single program. With Altium Designer, you’ll have access to all this and more in a single design program. No other design program provides this level of consistency and productivity.
- With Altium Designer, your design features are unified within a single program and are present in a single interface. No other PCB design platform gives you this level of accessibility.Learn more about the rules-driven design engine in Altium Designer.
- Most design platforms limit you to creating PCBs on FR4. Altium Designer includes an extensive stackup material library, allowing you to build HDI boards on any material.Learn more about the material stackup library in Altium Designer.
- The rules-driven design engine in Altium Designer makes it easily adaptable to HDI design. You’ll be able to build your board to exacting industry standards.See how Altium Designer can be easily adapted to HDI design.
Integrated design software is setting a new standard in the PCB industry. The right design tools that are adaptable to HDI design give you the adaptability you need to stay up to date with the newest design methodologies.
If you’re not familiar with integrated PCB design software, Altium will be there with plenty of resources to help you design successfully. You’ll have access to an extensive knowledge base, the AltiumLive forum, webinars and podcasts with PCB design industry experts, and detailed feature tutorials. You can remain on the cutting edge of PCB design techniques and technology with Altium Designer.
When you try to work in other design platforms, you’ll have to switch between multiple platforms just to access your important design, simulation, verification, and documentation tools. Instead of using an outdated design workflow, try working with the only integrated design package: try Altium Designer.