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You don’t have to look very hard to find copies of Protel PCB design software still in use. Since the mid-1980’s, Protel has been used for PCB design in companies all over the world as well as in universities for teaching circuit design and in homes for the hobbyist. The question that often comes up though is whatever happened to Protel?
The answer is that Protel is still right here and better than ever, although it is now known as Altium Designer. As Protel, it made history as one of the first PCB design tools created for the personal computer. As Altium Designer it carries on that advanced legacy by continually pioneering new and innovative tools that specialize in all aspects of the PCB design process. Starting with Protel, Altium has over 30 years of experience in creating cutting-edge design software. Today that experience has culminated in the best PCB design tools available on the market today, Altium Designer. Now you can sign up for Altium Designer 19.
To give you the power that you need as a PCB designer for today’s challenging designs, Altium Designer has been rebuilt from the ground up. Now structured on a 64-bit multithreading system’s architecture, Altium Designer is ready to put its power to work for you. Altium Designer also features a unified design environment providing a commonality between its tools.
With the same data format used throughout the entire design, going in and out of the different tools is simple and straightforward without the need for complicated interfaces and translators. This is very apparent when you work with the advanced schematic editor to create complex hierarchical and multi-channel designs for simulation and layout. From the schematic editor through the PCB editor, Altium Designer has the power you will need.
There’s no need to worry that yesterday’s tools will fall short on today’s designs, Altium Designer has all the strength you need for any of your design challenges.
Altium Designer’s unified design environment allows you to easily work between tools
From the beginning with Protel, Altium has featured strong place and route tools as the core of its PCB design software. Now in Altium Designer, these tools are more advanced than ever before. With smart placement algorithms, you will be able to quickly organize and position your components for the most optimum placement. Interactive routing has never been better with Altium Designer’s intelligent routing tools to help you finish your PCB routing in record time. And with Altium Designer’s native 3D environment, you will be able to quickly verify your component placement to imported mechanical design data to check for clearance to enclosures or other mechanical features. If there is a conflict, you can easily adjust the position of your component placement all while working in 3D. Altium Designer has enhanced and updated its core layout functionality to give you the state of the art tools that you need.
This isn’t your father’s Protel anymore, Altium Designer’s layout tools will make your place and route tasks quick and error free.
Active BOM is just one of the many advanced tools you will find in Altium Designer
As you know, in today’s world there’s a lot more to PCB design than just schematic capture and circuit board layout. To stay competitive you need to up-to-date component information, advanced auto routing tools, and automated file creation utilities to name a few of today’s requirements. Altium knows this and has been enhancing its software for years in order to add the tools and functionality that you need into Altium Designer.
Altium Designer comes with Active BOM, a bill of materials management tool that gives you another data portal into your design. With Active BOM you will be able to access component data directly and cross-select those components into the schematic or PCB layout. Active BOM also features a cloud connection with your preferred vendors to give you up-to-date information on pricing, availability, and data on your components.
With Active Route you will be able to create precise manual routing results with the speed of an auto router. Active Route enables you to guide the routing where you want it to go, and then complete the routing for you. Once your routing is finished, Altium Designer is ready to help you again with Draftsman, an automatic manufacturing drawing generator. From component selection to final CAD files, Altium Designer has the tools you need to get the job done.
To stay competitive you need more than place and route functionality in your PCB design software, and Altium Designer has what you need.
Protel set the bar high when it became one of the first PCB design tools available for the personal computer. Now Altium Designer continues to move that bar up with each new advancement and enhancement. Come take a look at the design software that has been the bright spot of the industry for the past 30 years; Altium Designer.