Applications of Printed Circuit Boards and Design Software Accomplishing Them
With so many aspects of our lives run by electronics, PCBs are like the glue that holds modern life together. As a PCB designer, you’ll need the most versatile design software package that lets you build electronic devices for any application. Whether you need to design PCBs with high frequency, high speed, low current, mixed-signal, and/or RF communication functionality, your design software should be adaptable to your particular device requirements. With Altium Designer, your rules design settings, device verification, and layout tools are accessible within a single environment.
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A PCB design software package that unifies design tools with a plethora of simulation and management tools
With so many applications for circuits and electronic devices, you need design software that gives you access to tools that can adapt to your design requirements. Your design software should give you access to the best layout, design rules checking, and device verification tools all in a unified design environment. Forget about using a PCB design software package that claims to integrate everything in one place. Instead, consider using the only unified PCB design software package on the market with the most intuitive interface and adaptable features
Designing towards specific applications requires a number of tools that should be intuitive and customizable. These features include advanced CAD, simulation, routing, and component management tools. These tools should also be integrated with rules checking features so that you can easily verify your designs in real-time. Other PCB design software packages claim to create an integrated design experience, but only Altium Designer gives you access to these tools within a single interface.
The schematic phase of PCB design forms the foundation of your device. Specific applications require specific components in order for the device to work properly. When you work with the best PCB design software package, you’ll have access to the widest selection of components. Your components libraries will integrate directly with your schematic and layout tools, and footprints and SPICE models are included in your components.
Design and Component Management Tools All in One Package
Altium Designer is the only truly unified design environment. Everything from layout to component management tools available within a single package. When you work in a unified design environment, your schematic, capture, layout, component, and simulation tools are all packed in one place. Component functionality, specifications, and logic are all defined in extensive components libraries, and your libraries will automatically update as new components are added. All of this is accessible for your circuits within Altium Designer.
- Altium Designer’s unified rules-driven design model integrates your design, management, and simulation tools within a single software platform. Design rules allow you to tailor your design experience to your particular application.
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- Every PCB requires accurate schematic and layout tools. The design tools in Altium Designer make it easy to customize your PCB to a specific application.
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- Different applications require specific components. You’ll have access to massive component libraries, and Altium Designer interfaces directly with your component libraries. You can even create your own components and incorporate them into your libraries.
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Component management in Altium Designer
Devices for different applications require various design verification steps through simulation. This means you need a PCB design software package that gives you access to all the simulation tools you need to validate your device. Versatile PCB design software should give you access to a broad suite of simulation tools that are adaptable to any PCB design.
With so many applications requiring specialized components and verification steps, your PCB design software should integrate directly with your simulation tools. Your simulation tools should also directly reference your component specifications. So how can you get all of these tools to work together seamlessly? Forget about moving back and forth between design and simulation modules, you need to work with the only PCB design software package that creates a unified design environment.
Simulate and Validate Your Designs in Altium Designer
Whether you need to locate signal integrity problems before they arise or verify that your design will meet operating standards for your industry, the simulation tools in Altium Designer gives you access to a suite of simulation tools to meet your needs.
- Power delivery problems can lead to thermal issues, which can damage sensitive components and other features. The PDN Analyzer incorporates combines power delivery analysis and thermal analysis, giving you the power to address design problems before disaster strikes.
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- Forget about using an external simulation module. You can define custom simulation models and run them directly in Altium Designer.
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- When you work in a unified environment, your simulation tools easily integrate with your component SPICE models.
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Advanced 3D CAD tools in Altium Designer
If you’ve ever opened up a newer electronic device, you’ll find PCBs with odd form factors, multiple connectors, multiple boards, flexible circuits, and even rigid-flex PCB. A versatile PCB design software package gives you the power to design PCBs with any of these form factors. Great design software will let you link multiple boards using rigid-flex and will even allow you to place components on your flex ribbon.
Working with multi-layer boards requires an intuitive layer stackup interface. Your design interface should allow you to define each layer type, dielectric constant, and layer arrangement in multiple boards within a single dialog. Keeping your software working with flexible PCBs, rigid PCBs, layers, and PCB assembly and manufacturing is crucial to your designing. Once you’ve defined your stackup, you’ll need to define your board arrangement directly in your layout.
Build Your Next Layer Stack and 3D Design in Altium Designer
Building your next layer stack is easy if you work in a unified design environment with an intuitive interface. Only Altium Designer presents all of these capabilities in a single software platform and integrates powerful design tools with advanced simulations, design rules checking features, and manufacturing output generation. No other PCB design software package integrates so many capabilities into a single environment.
- Defining your layer stackup for boards with HDI and rigid-flex design is easy with Altium Designer. The intuitive interface includes convenient graphics and allows you to quickly build boards of all shapes and sizes.
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- Boards with bulky components and odd footprints can be viewed in 3D. Altium Designer automatically renders and animates your design directly from your layout.
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- When you are ready to take your device to the marketplace, Altium Designer gives you all the tools you need to generate documentation and deliverables for your manufacturer.
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With so many applications for PCBs, you need versatile design software that gives you the tools to build the best PCBs for any application. Altium Designer contains all the tools you need and allows you to set design rules that will help guide you to design success. You’ll have access to all layout tools demanded by the PCB design industry in Altium Designer.