PCB PROGRAMMING SOFTWARE
Any design for printed circuit boards is made easier with a PCB programming software that can take your ideas and put them into the schematic without question or fail.
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PCB design software that is intended to facilitate creative freedom with your circuit board designs.
No matter the design for your circuit board, you’re going to want to have PCB design software you can trust when it comes to make it. A PCB designer can do a lot for a printed circuit board, but their capabilities are hindered when using a tool that won’t get their ideas right. Finding the right schematic capture that can integrate between tools properly with an easy to learn user interface is what it takes to ensure your circuit board gets to be a printed circuit board.
Altium Designer offers powerful and easy-to-use PCB programming software that fits small and large needs. With its emphasis on a unified environment, Altium Designer allows you to seamlessly move your circuit design from concept to schematic to layout and to product. The functionality found within the Altium Designer toolsets combines with step-by-step tutorials and descriptive overviews to give you the best user experience. Altium Designer offers data management tools, ECAD libraries, and support for your innovative rigid-flex PCB designs.
Whether you are a corporate engineer or an independent engineer, you want a problem-free PCB design experience. Altium Designer PCB design software takes away the layout problems with an easy-to-navigate, customizable user interface. You can establish preferences as global settings across projects and relevant documents by using the Preferences dialog. With the preferences toolset, you can import preferences, save and load preferences, and set options and controls for any Printed Circuit Board layout project.
The Altium Designer PCB layout software offers a unified, intuitive environment that saves time with tools such as the project tree and filters. As you begin your project and add a schematic sheet, Altium Designer’s Schematic Editor gives access to tools that allow you to set the board parameters. Different options allow you to manually define the shape, import selected 2D objects, and import 3D objects. Shortcuts and hotkeys increase the efficiency of your design efforts by reducing the steps needed to add schematic capturess to projects or to create component shapes. Other features such as large component libraries, interactive routing, design rule checks, simulations, and 3D visualization lessen the possibilities for errors and increase the reliability of your design.
Altium Designer Solves PCB Layout Design Complexity
PCB designs continue to gain complexity as consumer demands for new technologies grow. Altium Designer responds to your needs with providing software that supports the space that you need for your circuit. Along with giving you onboard space, Altium Designer provides advanced via design so that you can build high density interconnect and high-speed PCBs. Advanced via design covers via-in-pads, microvias, blind and buried vias, and back drilling.
Advanced routing tools for your PCB layout design within Altium Designer allow you to route differential pairs without problems. Need support for multiple layers? Altium Designer does not limit the number of layers that you can use for your design and provides intuitive assistance with its Layer Stack Manager. When working with your Printed Circuit Board project, you can configure the layers of the board, edit the standard layers, or create custom layers. Altium Designer will use your preferred design constraints to check routing, grid size, and active layers. After establishing the final design, you can use Altium Designer’s tools to define the board shape or use imported DXF drawings to generate a board shape.
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- Learn more about microvia designing and high-density traces
- Learn more about simple schematic drawing software
Altium Designer provides the tools for documenting and highlighting changes as you design moves from schematic to layout. As an example, Altium Designer’s PCB Editor automatically places net names on pads. The same methodical approach occurs when using integrated libraries that combine the schematic and PCB libraries. PCB designers can easily locate the components—and component footprints—that you need while validating and executing changes.
You can use Altium Designer’s PCB Editor to establish the requirements for your design through design rules. With this approach, you can write an instruction set that governs routing widths, plane connection styles, routing styles, and clearances. With the Design Rule Checker, you can monitor and manage the rules in real-time while applying the requirements that translate into a successful board design.
Altium Designer Compiling Creates an Easily Navigable Format
After you have set your design rules, Altium Designer uses its project compiler violations referencer to produce a valid netlist for your project and to generate a unified data model for your PCB manufacturer. As a result, you can verify the design connectivity in the schematic editor according to defined rules before compilation. Altium Designer provides documentation that describes every possible electrical and drafting violation.
In addition, Altium Designer compiles a list of the pins in each net, detects the type of each pin, and checks for the correct connections of the input, output, passive, and other pin types. Incorrect connections of the pins generate an error condition when you compile your project. Altium Designer uses the Messages panel to display all warnings and errors associated with a project.
- Learn more about Altium Designer's design rule capabilities
- Learn more about connecting hidden pins within Altium Designer
- Learn more about making component and board shapes to assist in assembly drawings
Working through PCB net classes can be made easier with Altium Designer
Along with offering PCB design software development kits for achieving customization, Altium Designer provides industry-best analysis and simulation tools to test your design and give you peace-of-mind. Altium Designer’s 3D modeling tools accelerate the design process by allowing you to see how your completed PCB fits inside an enclosure. After building your Printed Circuit Board you can import a model of your enclosure to ensure a proper fit.
After you have wired your schematic and completed the PCB layout in the PCB design software, Altium Designer assists by creating the Bill of Materials and then exporting the BOM to Excel. Altium Designer’s advanced BOM software allows your design team to create BOMs from the schematic, the layout, or from components used in the design. As you move through the PCB design process, Altium Designer’s unified environment allows the supply chain, engineers, PCB design services, vendors, and others use the BOM to make decisions and manage assets. Members of your team can view the operating relationships between components within a product or review the vendor list, financial information, or delivery estimates.
Altium Designer also generates the output files needed by the board manufacturers. Among the many options, you can generate drill and assembly drawings, custom drawings, and Gerber drawings. Altium Designer provides standard templates for drawings or the option to build custom drawings. Once you have edited the Printed Circuit Board design, Altium Designer creates the file and folder structure in the format needed by the manufacturer.
Altium Designer’s PCB Layout Tools Save Time
The unified tools found within Altium Designer allow you to easily move your design from schematic to PCB layout. Altium Designer’s advanced tools such as 3D PCB rendering provide electrical connection error checking and allow you to match your design to the right enclosure. Whether working at the schematic or PCB layout level, Altium Designer provides the Printed Circuit Board component libraries and net labels that lead to an efficient design. Altium Designer’s unified environment delivers the features that you seek in PCB programming software and the tools that you and your team need for matching the design to consumer requirements.
Altium Designer provides the tools for documenting and highlighting changes as your design moves from schematic to layout. As an example, Altium Designer PCB Editor automatically places net names on pads. The same methodical approach occurs when using integrated libraries that combine the schematic and PCB libraries. You can easily locate the components—and component footprints—that you need while validating and executing changes.
- Learn more about native 3D PCB design
- Learn more about the seamless PCB drawing process
- Learn more about the soon to come stackup materials library
Make your ground planes as easy as opening up a schematic.
The unified tools found within Altium Designer allow you to easily move your design from schematic to PCB layout. Altium Designer’s advanced tools such as 3D PCB rendering provide electrical connection error checking and allow you to match your design to the right enclosure. Whether working in the schematic editor or PCB layout level, Altium Designer provides the component libraries and net labels that lead to an efficient design. Altium Designer’s unified PCB layout environment delivers the features that you seek in PCB programming software and the PCB design tools that you and your team need for matching the design to consumer requirements.