The Best Circuit Board Design Software for PCB Systems
The days of extended schedules to build multiple prototype printed circuit boards in order to debug your system level designs are over. You need advanced PCB design tools that allow you to work with multi-board designs, you need Altium Designer.
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For any level of board design, Altium Designer has the PCB design software you can rely on.
Designing a printed circuit board is a complex process. From circuit creation in the schematic, to place and route, and then finally building, debugging and putting the board into service takes a lot of skilled effort on the part of the Printed Circuit Board design team. Now, as new and emerging design technologies require more system level design, the need for concurrent engineering of multiple PCB designs is becoming more commonplace. Multi-board design still requires the same skills and diligence of the PCB design teams, but now their work has been multiplied by the amount of PCBs that the system level design requires.
System level design is not new, but the traditional method of implementing it can no longer keep up with the demands of today’s shortened design schedules and reduced design budgets. Design groups have found that they do not have the luxury anymore of creating multiple prototype builds involving scores of engineers in different design groups. Instead, multiple system level PCBs need to be designed together so that they work as a system immediately without spending excessive amounts of time and money on debugging.
To accomplish this, new and advanced Printed Circuit Board CAD tool technology is needed that will allow designers to create a virtual system before building the actual hardware. The need for design tools that will allow multiple PCB designs to be brought into a single design session in order to check electrical connectivity between the boards is now essential. Additionally, the ability to view and check these system-level boards in 3D for how they fit together and within the entire system enclosure is also a key requirement. Yes, PCB designers are asking for a lot. Fortunately, there is a system though that is already prepared to give designers what they need, and what they need is Altium Designer.
Historically, PCB design has been handled on a board-by-board basis. The traditional design flow may have included a high-level multi-board design, but the actual boards were designed individually. Not only was this the standard practice, but the older design systems didn’t have the capabilities for multi-board design, to begin with. Once the PCB designs prototypes were built, then the boards would be tested for form, fit, and function with the other system boards. Corrections would then be made in the next revision of board designs to get the boards to work correctly together.
This approach no longer works for the advanced technologies that are being created today. The requirement for more system level design is increasing while the need to shorten design cycles is increasing as well. To keep up with these requirements, the traditional methods of system level PCB design need to be updated with CAD tools that can handle the complexities of multi-board system level design.
Advanced Design Technologies Require Advanced PCB Design Systems
PCB designers need software tools now that will allow them to handle the system level design requirements that they will encounter with new design technologies.
- Multi-board design and other advanced capabilities will be required to successfully design the challenging projects needed for spaceflight and other emerging technologies.
- See how multi-board design can be a real game-changer from the older and more traditional ways of designing printed circuit boards.
- In addition to electrical checking between system level boards with the multi-board design feature, check out these other productivity enhancements that Altium Designer will give you.
Multiple PCB designs in a single session of Altium Designer
To quickly come up to speed with system level design, PCB designers need CAD tools that are easy and intuitive to use to support multi-board design. Fortunately Altium Designer, one of the most powerful and intuitive Printed Circuit Board design CAD tools on the market today, already is equipped to handle your system-level designs. System-level designs with a strong PCB layout tool makes any challenge, rigid PCBs, controlling PCB levels and ground plane networks, a breeze.
With Altium Designer you can create a multi-board project that will join your child projects together. This will enable you to define board to board connectivity at the schematic level as well as bring the PCBs into a multi-board assembly. In the multi-board assembly, you can then work with the PCB designs in full 3D to assure their fit and connectivity.
Altium Designer; System Level Design in the Best PCB Design Tools
Altium Designer has proven itself the world over at being one of the best PCB design systems on the market today. Now you can use the power of Altium Designer at the system design level.
- This introduction to multi-board design in Altium Designer will show you the advantages that you can expect from this feature.
- Take a look at what it takes to setup and work with a multi-board design in Altium Designer in this brief tutorial.
- There’s a lot more to system design than just the multi-board feature, see how all of the advanced design features in Altium Designer will work together.
The multi-board assembly in its mechanical enclosure in Altium Designer
Altium Designer is the design tool of choice for PCB designers and design groups throughout the world. Built on a powerful 64-bit multi-threading system’s architecture, Altium Designer has all the performance that you will need no matter what your design challenges are. The unified design environment that Altium Designer is famous for helps to make data transitions between its tools a smooth and natural operation. In the same way the unified design environment also gives a similar look and feel in all of Altium Designer’s different tools helping you to work more efficiently and with fewer disruptions.
Altium Designer’s schematic capture editor gives you the versatility that you need all within an easy to learn and use interface. Augmented by simulators and supply chain management tools, Altium Designer naturally helps you to move your design quickly from the schematic into layout. Once in layout, Altium Designer arms you with a wide range of different tools for place and route that are all governed by an extensive set of design rules and constraints. With a native full 3D environment, Altium Designer enables you to easily work with your multi-board layouts. You can check your parts placement, check the boards to each other, and check them against imported mechanical constraints for you system enclosures.
Put the Power of Altium Designer to Work for You
At the end, you’ll want to ensure your printed circuit board gets to PCB manufacturing. Whether looking through PCB fabrication for prototyping or PCB assembly and manufacturing, you can trust Altium Designer to have the organization necessary for your output files and managing your components. From schematic to layout, all the tools you need for your PCB designs are within Altium Designer.
- Altium Designer’s schematic editor gives you an intuitive interface to create your circuitry, whether it is the simplest single page schematic or a complex multi-channel hierarchical design.
- In addition to working with multiple system designs in Altium Designer, the 3D engine allows you to check your PCB designs to imported mechanical features to assure form and fit.
- From schematic capture to multi-board layouts, all of these capabilities are enabled by Altium Designer’s true unified design environment.
The same power and capabilities that are known worldwide for the design of printed circuit boards are available to you for your system level designs in Altium Designer.