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Integrating CAD capabilities in your schematic design tool lets you arrange components and connections with unparalleled accuracy. You can implement the best schematic design strategies for complex devices when you have full CAD capabilities at your fingertips. Working in a unified design environment integrates schematic CAD tools with the best layout and analysis tools, giving you the power to build the highest quality PCBs.
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A PCB design platform that includes the best schematic design tools.
Gone are the days of drawing out circuit diagrams and electronic schematics on drafting paper. Even though many great ideas are born when they are drawn out on the back of a napkin, your great idea doesn’t start to become a reality until you build your electronics schematic in a CAD program. There are several steps involved in creating your schematic that go beyond just placing components.
Your schematic software needs to access symbols from your component library so that you can build a full diagram from your device. CAD capabilities in your schematic tools then let you accurately place everything into a grid, allowing you to create a beautiful, ordered diagram the shows the entire functionality of your device.
Keeping everything organized and legible takes CAD tools that make it easy to segregate components into functional blocks and add comments to various components. Keeping everything digitized and linked to a single component library makes it easy to share your work across your organization and ensure consistency across your design team.
As PCBs become ever more complex, CAD capabilities in your schematic design software become even more important in designing a top-notch PCB. A PCB schematic is like the blueprint for your entire device, and your schematic needs to accurately reflect how your layout will be structured. CAD software gives you the power to accurately place components and connections as well as the freedom to arrange your schematic to meet your device requirements.
Schematic CAD software keeps your design team working towards their objectives. Collaboration across an organization is easy when your schematics are digitized and interface directly with your component management tools. CAD software specifically designed for PCB schematics helps you expedite designs and ensures that everyone in an organization can contribute to creating a successful device.
Multiple schematic windows in Altium Designer
Your schematic software shouldn’t limit you to building circuit diagrams. Great PCB schematic software should include features that let you build advanced PCBs, including rigid-flex and multi-board PCBs. Your schematic software should make it easy to assign directives to signal nets as this gives you access to advanced routing features while working within your design rules.
More advanced CAD features make it possible to link multiple schematics into a single device using hierarchical design. Each schematic uses a set of inputs and outputs, and you can link each schematic in a parent schematic. This design methodology can save a huge amount of time and allows you to reuse portions of a schematic across devices. All of this begins and ends with excellent schematic CAD tools.
Advanced design features allow you to create a critical link between your schematic and layout. To save time, hierarchical design can be used to link inputs and outputs between multiple schematics within a single interface. This makes it easy to reuse old schematics, reduce clutter in a new schematic, and implement advanced functions in your device. Once you’ve built your schematic, your design software should capture your schematic as an initial layout so that you can move to the next design phase.
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Everyone knows that hardware design is a difficult beast to tame, and your PCB software should give all the tools you need to get the job done correctly. Most design software companies package different design features in their own modules, forcing you to order features like you are picking from a menu. Other companies tease you with multiple features in a single package, but then they block you with a paywall when you try to actually use them. Talk about bait and switch.
Working with unified design software instead of separated design modules ensures that your schematic and the resulting layout accurately reflect your design intent and that your functionality meets the goals of your design. No one wants to keep crawling back to their PCB software vendor with their hand out every time they hit a design bottleneck. Instead, try using the only software package that unifies all your design tools in a single rules-driven environment.
Using unified PCB design software is the best way to keep your productivity high and maintain design sanity. Features in this environment are designed to work together, and all design tasks operate under heavily rules-driven environment. Your schematic tools connect beautifully with your component libraries and layout tool, and data from these tools feeds directly into your simulation and analysis features. You’ll be able to move through the entire design process in a single software program.
Only an integrated design platform links the best schematic design tools with top of the line layout, simulation, analysis, and management tools. Forget about working with segmented design modules. Instead of being blocked from design success by paywalls and separated design programs, you need the complete package: you need Altium Designer.
When you hit a design roadblock, Altium will be there with resources to help guide you to success. Between the AltiumLive forum, podcasts, webinars from PCB experts, and an extensive knowledge base, you’ll always have access to the best design resources with Altium Designer.
If you want to create professional looking PCB schematics with maximum productivity, you need Altium Designer. Altium Designer unifies all the best design tools in a single design environment. If you’re ready to start working with the best PCB schematic software on the market, then Altium Designer is for you.