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Reducing design headaches takes PCB design software that is adaptable to any set of design guidelines and design rules. No one wants to go through an entire redesign just to meet basic design guidelines. Instead of using piecemeal design software that separates design modules into different programs, try working in a unified design environment. Your critical design tools all live in a single design program, streamlining your productivity and ensuring your device works correctly after production.
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A PCB design software package that helps you build PCBs for any application.
Basic PCB design guidelines can be anything but basic. Looking around the internet for help formulating design guidelines can leave you scratching your head. This is where your design software can make all the difference.
With so many different applications for PCBs, the best tool you have to help you work within standard design guidelines is a great PCB design software package. When you start building your device, your design software should check your device against standard and customized design guidelines. Your design software should be adaptable to any device for any application and help guide you through the design process.
With so many different PCB design packages on the market, getting up to speed quickly requires design software that places all of your critical design tools in a single interface. Other design software platforms claim to integrate features, but they still separate critical design tools into addons or in separate modules. This makes it difficult to stick to standard design guidelines. Instead, you should use design software that gathers all your design tools in one place.
If you’re flipping back-and-forth between design modules, you’ll end up spending more time getting the software to work properly than you will actually designing a new product. Your design software should keep your design tools in one module while still interfacing with your design rules. Working in this type of environment is the best way to keep your design within standard guidelines.
Getting a circuit board out of your head and off the ground requires a bit of ingenuity. In order for a PCB designer to make a circuit work, there needs to be a respect and an understanding of the relationships that your components have with traces and each other so as to make the circuit function. Thankfully, circuit design software helps by giving you tools and features needed to make your circuit and traces connect together flawlessly.
Whether you’re new to printed circuit board design or you’ve been active in the industry for most of your career, your new PCB design software platform should present all of your design features in a single interface. Forget about buying basic features as addons. Having everything in one program helps ensure that you can focus on designing within your technical specifications instead of flipping between separate design modules.
Defining a board outline in Altium Designer
Different applications follow different design guidelines, and every application follows slightly different design rules and layout strategies. Your PCB design software should be adaptable and allow you to implement any layout strategy. This ensures that your device will meet your technical specifications. Working with customizable design software lets you to encode your design guidelines as design rules and helps you confront any layout challenge.
Adaptable design software doesn’t just let you customize the design interface or feature parameters. You’ll have the ability to implement any design reuse strategy and component and data management practices. Reusing schematics as templates, standardizing design rules across devices, and managing components in an integrated library are just a few ways to improve design productivity.
Using adaptable design software is the best way to save time designing and ensure that your devices meet standard design guidelines. Nobody has time to memorize every design rule or constantly rebuild schematics. Powerful design software should make it easy to reuse designs, ensuring that your device always meets standard design guidelines.
Moving to PCB board manufacturing is a priority, but shouldn’t be the only priority for your circuit board. The PCB design process goes through many iterations of layout guidelines dependent on features like being a rigid-flex PCB, multi-layer PCB, or utilizing vias, HDI, and having to keep track of trace width. How will you ensure your unique board maintains manufacturability?
Synchronizing schematic and layout in Altium Designer
Working in a unified design environment gives you access to all the features you need to get started designing your next PCB. If you’re new to PCB design or you are new to Altium Designer, the intuitive interface allows you to start designing your schematic from the moment the program starts. Capturing your schematic in your layout is simple, allowing you to start routing connections between components and finish building your new device.
Once you have determined your device specifications and requirements for your application, Altium Designer allows you to encode these specifications in design rules. You can rest assured that your layout will meet your design rules, and you can check and correct any rules violations quickly and easily. These rule definition and checking features help you stay within standard design guidelines and help you build a device that meets your technical requirements.
While some software might be difficult to jump immediately into, Altium Designer is capable of walking you through whatever process you need from PCB stack-up to preparing for PCB assembly. Don’t worry about traces, vias, a layer or a ground plane again - your circuit board deserves the best in board management tools.
Altium Designer is easy to learn and can be used to start building your PCB from day one. The great thing about working in a unified design environment is that all the tools you need will be immediately accessible. Instead of hitting a design roadblock and being forced to buy an addon just to finish your design, you’ll have all the standard design tools available within a single software platform.
Jumping into PCB board design for the first time or picking up a new design software platform can be daunting. Design guidelines can be difficult to come by. Luckily, Altium provides you with the resources you need to be successful. The AltiumLive forum, webinars provided by industry experts, and Altium’s thorough knowledge base will show you several design guidelines for various applications.
Altium Designer is more than just a design tool. You’ll have access to top quality simulation and analysis features that will help you ensure that your printed circuit board will meet your technical requirements. You’ll also have access to the best tools for generating deliverables for your manufacturer. You can move through the entire design process and reach the fabrication stage successfully, and all within a single design environment.