Put the Most Powerful Schematic Design Program to Work for You
It’s time to step up into the world of advanced electronics design with the most powerful schematic design program that you can get. It’s time to step up into Altium Designer.
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PCB design begins with a schematic, this is where all the ideas that you and your design team have developed are collected and turned into working circuits. Traditionally the task of schematic capture was done separately from the PCB layout, and then uploaded to drive the layout CAD tools. This process involved separate CAD systems and a bi-directional data transfer system that allowed the two systems to work with each other. If it sounds like it was prone to error, you would be right. Fortunately the engineers at Altium had a different idea on how this process should work, and created Altium Designer to combine all aspects of PCB design in order to make it easier, faster, more reliable, and better.
Altium Designer features a unified design system which integrates all of its tools into a common design environment. This assures that the circuits, rules, and constraints that you build into your schematic will get into the layout the way you intended, and further helps you by providing similar user interfaces. Altium Designer’s schematic capture application is also easy to learn and use, and yet can handle the most complex and challenging designs that you can throw at it. Together with all the rest of the PCB design tools that come with it you will enjoy the benefits of Altium Designer, the most powerful schematic design program that you can get.
To design a printed circuit board you need to create a schematic to drive the layout. At one time this meant drawing circuits using a drafting table or even on the back of an envelope, but electronic design today requires a much higher level of communication between the tools that are used. The symbols you place on the schematic need to be loaded with data that will drive bill of materials reports for PCB manufacturing, as well as being able to connect with part vendors for current pricing and availability. These parts also need the physical attributes within them to drive the layout in addition to the logical attributes embedded in them for simulators and signal integrity tools. Creating a schematic is no longer a casual affair and requires a robust set of design tools that can accomplish all of these tasks.
What You Need to Know About Schematic Capture
Here are some basic ideas that will help you to understand what schematic capture is all about, and what today’s design tools need to be able to do.
- The best way to get better at using schematic capture tools is to put the pencil down and pick up the mouse.
- Using your schematic capture hierarchical tools will take your circuit creation to a new level.
- Fine tune your schematics to get the most out of your high speed design circuits.
- There’s no need to reinvent the wheel each time you create a new schematic, reuse portions or all of your existing designs to make your job go faster.
Schematic design programs need to drive their data into accompanying PCB layouts
All of the tasks outlined above are necessary requirements for schematic capture tools to triumph in today’s electronic design world. Fortunately Altium Designer has been created to provide for all of these needs and more. Altium Designer is an intuitive tool that is easy to learn and use. In very little time you will be maneuvering symbols and connecting wires to complete your own designs.
You will also learn very quickly how to manage Altium’s vast library system, and easily create symbols for new parts. And finally, you will be ready to synchronize your schematic with the layout all within the same design session. Altium Designer has been created for engineers like you to get the job done right.
Once you start using Altium Designer you will be placing parts and wiring them up to quickly get your design into PCB layout.
- Schematic capture in Altium Designer has been created to be easy to learn and use.
- Take a look at how Altium Designer’s schematic capture has been set up for ease of use in this brief tutorial.
- You need to be able to create symbols in order to use them on the schematic, see how Altium Designer provides you with an easy to use symbol generator to help.
- The final step in schematic creation is to synchronize it with the layout, and Altium Designer makes that a smooth process.
The ability to handle schematic hierarchy like this is a key attribute in Altium Designer
While it is true that Altium Designer has been created to help you learn and use it quickly, it is important to understand that Altium Designer has also been built with the power needed to handle the most complex designs. Altium Designer is prepared for schematics with repeated circuitry with its multi-channel functionality so that you can replicate design circuitry without having to redraw every page individually.
You will also be able to control your large schematics by creating a hierarchical schematic flow for them allowing you to organize your logical functions into separate blocks of circuitry. For those projects with intense rules and constraints such as a high-speed design, Altium Designer is prepared for that too with its ability to assign layout rules from within the schematic. And all of this functionality is based on Altium Designer’s unified design environment allowing unfettered communication between tools and a common user interface that will simplify your workflow and enhance your productivity.
Put the Power of Altium Designer’s Schematic Design Program to Work for You
Altium Designer has the power and versatility to handle your toughest design challenges.
- Although easy to learn and use, Altium Designer has also been built to do the heavy lifting of circuit creation.
- You can direct the layout of the PCB in Altium Designer by creating design rules and constraints while you are capturing the schematic.
- Altium Designer has been built to work smoothly between schematic capture and layout as well as with the other tools thanks to its signature unified design environment.
No matter what circuit you’re working on, in order to ensure proper design development you’ll want PCB design software that can handle any of your circuit diagrams and electronic circuits. Don’t settle for layout software that forgets to put the printed in printed circuit. Make sure your circuit board sees the light at the end of the tunnel and makes it to manufacturing. To design the best you need the best schematic design program: Altium Designer.