The Best Schematic CAD Software for PCB Design
To design the best you need the best schematic CAD software for PCB design; you need Altium Designer.
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Computer-aided design software with schematics built for easy integration into layout.
There are many varieties of CAD software available that are used to design everything from plumbing and piping to skyscrapers. Schematic CAD software, however, is specialized for electronics, specifically the schematics used in the creation of printed circuit board designs. Electronic designers will use the design software to create schematic symbols and wiring diagrams that will all go into the final schematic design. This electrical schematic will then be used to drive circuit board layout software for the hardware design of the PCB.
The key to a successful schematic design is to use a CAD program that leverages the power of your PC while giving you multiple tools and options to get the job done. You need design tools that are easy to learn and use while at the same time robust enough to handle any design challenge. You need drawing software that is flexible enough to handle your design creativity, yet also has built-in rules and constraints to make sure that you stay within the limitations of your design. That’s a lofty goal for any electrical CAD system to strive for, but fortunately Altium Designer has already surpassed it.
The days of creating a reliable PCB schematic on paper are long gone. Electrical design has become complex enough that pen and paper will no longer cut it. The design process now consists of numerous electrical symbols and schematic drawings that benefit most from being created in computer-aided design and modeling software. In addition to the schematic there is also the design of the physical circuit board to consider.
Here is where having your schematic and layout all within the same design environment will help to increase your productivity by decreasing the chances for design errors. And as designs continue to grow in size and complexity, the electrical diagrams that need to be created will grow as well. Advancements such as hierarchical design in PC schematic automation are a tremendous benefit with these designs.
Electrical Schematic Designs and How They Will Help You
Schematic CAD software will benefit your PCB design with speed, accuracy, and the ability to grow with you as your design needs increase.
- Put the pencil and paper away, and see how relying completely on your schematic design tools will help you to make a better design.
- Avoid the translation problems of different design systems by using PCB design tools that contain both the schematic capture and PCB layout tools within them.
- As your design grows, so will your schematic. See how working with schematic hierarchy can help you.
Schematic software that easily synchronizes with layout is a big advantage
As your need for larger and more complex schematic designs grow, your schematic design tools need to be able to grow with you. This is where Altium Designer’s schematic capture editor truly shines.
Easy to learn and use with its intuitive user interface, Altium Designer has all of the capabilities you will need for high-speed design, multi-channel design, and design reuse. Additionally, there are multiple translators allowing you to transfer your designs from virtually any other system into Altium Designer. The job of your engineers in designing printed circuit boards will become a lot easier with Altium Designer.
Altium Designer Gives you the Power to Conquer Any Design Challenge
No matter how difficult your PCB designs are, Altium Designer’s advanced schematic editor will get the job done.
- High-speed design involves more rules and constraints then regular design, here are some design considerations to keep in mind.
- There’s no need to reinvent the wheel when creating your schematics. Take a look here at reuse ideas and how they can help you in your next PCB design.
- If you have designs in other systems, it’s not a problem to translate them into the unified design environment of Altium Designer.
Utilizing schematic hierarchy can be very helpful when creating large designs
Whether you are stepping into schematic design software for the first time or translating from another design system, you will see a huge benefit to using Altium Designer right away. Altium Designer’s easy to learn and use schematic capture editor is part of the entire Altium Designer unified design environment. The same user interface look and feel that you begin your design within the schematic will stay with you throughout the entire design process until you complete the PCB layout.
As you create your schematic circuits in Altium Designer you will have access to components, examples, and help through Altium’s extensive online resources. And when your designs grow in complexity, Altium Designer will be right there with you with hierarchical and multi-channel schematic functionality to give you the flexibility that you need. At the same time, Altium Designer also provides you with a full set of rules and constraints so that your designs stay within the design guidelines that you need to follow.
Put the Power of Altium Designer to Work for You
Altium Designer has all of your PCB design needs covered in one all-encompassing design system.
- Learning to use Altium Designer is a naturally intuitive and enjoyable process.
- Altium Designer is loaded with functionality to help you with your most challenging designs.
- With Altium Designer’s schematic rules and constraints, you can create your schematic circuits the way that you want them to be created.
Altium Designer has the power that you need, the flexibility to advance with you as your designs grow, and rules and constraints to keep your designs error-free. Put down the pen and paper and pick up Altium Designer, the best schematic CAD software for PCB design.