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What’s New in Altium Designer

Explore new features, enhancements, and important changes introduced in the latest version of
Altium Designer, or see what we’re working on now for upcoming releases.

Support For Workspace Defined Parameters & Bulk Edits For Components

For this release we have added support for workspace defined project parameters, bulk creation and edits of components, and enhanced side-by-side component revision comparison.

Added Support for Variable Passives & Global Nodes

This release of Altium Designer we’ve added support for more programmable logic array PSPICE digital primitives as well as support for digital models that use global nodes ($D_HI, $D_LO, $D_X), and variable passives.

Harness Design Improvements

The wiring diagram and layout drawing for harness projects has been given several new features to boost usability. We’ve added additional crimping capabilities, scaling options for documentation, visual connection lines for components and more.

Harness Design Improvements

Harness Design Improvements

In this release of Altium Designer we’ve added several new features to boost the usability of the harness wiring diagram and layout drawing. Including additional features for crimping, splices, and efficiency

Circuit Simulation Improvements

Added Support for PSpice Digital models

This release of Altium Designer supports even more PSPICE digital model primitives. We’ve added support for the PINDLY, and CONSTRAINT Pspice digital behavioral model primitives as well as support for the DIGRRGEFAULT option.

PCB IMPROVEMENTS

Gerber Setup Layer Class Support

The Gerber Setup dialog now includes a Layer Classes section in its Layers to plot list. Using the checkbox for layer classes, you can quickly enable plotting for all the layers that belong to a specific layer class.

HARNESS DESIGN IMPROVEMENTS

Additional Harness Design Capabilities

This release has added several improvements for both the harness wiring diagram and the Harness layout drawing. Some new capabilities include: parameters for twist and shield objects, crimping, additional 3D views, multiple connections from a single point and more…

PCB IMPROVEMENTS

New PCB Capabilities for Gerber and View Configuration

New PCB features allow you to load a stored view configuration file from the View Configuration Panel. Also, it is now possible to change the name for the Gerber Board Profile layer when using the new, unified Gerber/Gerber X2 dialog.

DATA MANAGEMENT IMPROVEMENTS

Update to Collaboration and Reporting

To better convey a message to other project stakeholders, you now have the capability to copy and paste pictures into your comments. Also, exporting a project history report can now be easily done through the Reports menu.

SIMULATION IMPROVEMENTS

New Extension For Power Integrity Analysis

Quickly assess the integrity of your power distribution network without the need for any specialized training with Power Analyzer by Keysight.

PRODUCT DESIGN IMPROVEMENTS

New Harness Design Capabilities

Harness Design functionality allows you to create a full wiring harness design, from the individual pin-to-pin connections right through to manufacturing documentation.

PRODUCT DESIGN IMPROVEMENTS

Multi-board support In MCAD CoDesigner

You are now able to transfer and sync your muli-board designs with your mechanical team using the MCAD CoDesigner.

PCB Improvements

Custom Pad Shapes with Rounded/Chamfered Corners

Shape your pads the way you need in a matter of clicks. Extending the versatility of pad shapes, you can now customize the rounding of selected corners of pads that use either the Rounded Rectangle shape or the new Chamfered Rectangle shape.

PCB Improvements

Enhanced Gerber Setup Interface

Efficiency, simplicity and convenience are all delivered with the new UI for Gerber setup. Everything you need to prepare for Gerber generation is now at your fingertips in an intuitive setting.

SPICE SIMULATION IMPROVEMENTS

Additional Digital Models & Variant Support

Expanding the functionality available to you in the simulation arena, this release adds further support for PSPICE digital gates, timing and I/O models. Support for variants is also now available.

Data Management Improvements

Improved Manufacturer Part Search UI

The Manufacturer Part Search panel has long been a source of components for many users. Improvements have been made in this release that make it easier to use components in their libraries. This allows you to spend more time on development than on the process!

PCB Improvements

Additional Net Information for Tuning Objects

Detailed net information about tuning objects has been added in this release. Information about the maximum current and active resistance of accordion, sawtooth, and trombone objects is now available. More detail means it is less likely mistake will be made!

Schematic Capture Improvements

Quickly View Multi-function Pin Names

A large number of microcircuits have multi-functional pins. Working with them in Altium Designer has become even easier. This release introduces the ability to display the alternative pin names with just one click.

Schematic Capture Improvements

Improved Variant Management

Variant management is taken to the next level with this release. Time spent creating and editing variants is greatly reduced. Now you can design with large numbers of variants with streamlined ease and efficiency.

Data management improvements

BOM Commenting

Support for commenting has arrived in the BOM arena with this release. All stakeholders can actively discuss the BOM with ease and convenience, as enjoyed already with schematic and PCB documents.

Data Management Improvements

Alternative PCB Layouts in a Reuse Block

Reuse Blocks are enhanced further in this release. You can now define multiple, alternate PCB layouts for use with a single block. When placing a block, quickly switch layouts to suit your physical and performance needs.

Schematic Capture Improvements

Mark Multiple Components as Fitted/Not Fitted

With this release it becomes even easier to work with multi-variant design projects. Now you can select multiple components for the active variant and mark them as Fitted/Not Fitted in a single action.

PCB Improvements

Custom Pad Shapes

Modern components often contain pads that are complex in shape. This release of Altium Designer gives you the ability to create custom pad shapes quickly and easily, with management similar to that of standard pads.

Data Management Improvements

Design Reuse Functionality

Take the enhanced functionality of Reuse Blocks for a spin in this release, with the ability to place a block (or schematic snippet) as a sheet symbol. Your proven circuitry is placed on an auto-generated child sheet.

PCB Improvments

Ability to Change Tuning Object Layer Properties

Design of high-speed PCBs becomes easier with this latest release. Now, when you need to quickly move tuning elements to a different layer, you can do so from the Properties panel with a single click.

SPICE Simulation Improvements

Auto-assign Simulation Models for Components without Models

This latest version of Altium Designer makes schematic simulation even easier. System intelligence automatically recognizes SPICE models and assigns them to components from available sources.

Output Improvements

Control of Paste Mask Output for Variants

Output data needs to be as accurate as possible. For multi-variant designs you can now ensure that the paste mask is only displayed where it is really needed.

PCB Improvements

Quick Browsing of Parameters for a Board

Parametric information for your board is now conveniently available from the Properties panel. A single, convenient location with which to browse system, calculated and user-defined parameters, and place as needed in the form of special strings.

Schematic Capture Improvements

Multifunctional pins

You will often see that modern ICs consist of multi-functional pins. In this latest version of Altium Designer it has become far easier and much more convenient to work with such components.

Schematic Capture Improvements

Active Links in Text

You can now specify active links to components and nets within a text frame object on a schematic. This handy navigation aid makes it much easier not only to read the document, but also to work with it.

Schematic Capture Improvements

Custom Diff Pair Suffixes

Even more possibilities for creating differential pairs. Now you can use any postfixes to designate positive and negative net of a differential pair.

PCB Improvements

PCB Health Check Monitor

The condition of the PCB is under your control. A new intelligent feature that gives you confidence that your PCB is okay and complies with design rules.

Schematic Capture Improvements

Display of Alternate Component Parameters

Many schematic solutions are created as multivariant. With the new release, the schematic of multivariant project have become even more detailed and informative.

MultiBoard Improvements

Components from Altium 365

Working with multiboards has become easier and more convenient. Now you have more component sources at your disposal.

Data Мanagement Improvements

New Design Reuse Functionality

A reuse bloks help reduce development time and avoid errors. The new Design Reuse Panel and new functionality expands the possibilities for reuse blocks and snippets.

Further Enhancements to Sheet Cross-referencing

Schematic Capture Improvement

Adding cross-references to the project allows you to easily follow the connective flow of nets between the schematic sheets in a project. 

High-Speed Design Improvements

Relative Length Tuning

Designing high-speed PCB just got easier. The Length Tuning tools is now even more functionality. Complex tasks can now be solved even faster.

PCB Design Improvements

Enhanced UI for Via Stack Editing

The via editing mode is now even more convenient. Information about the via, editing its parameters and connections to polygons are now all in a new and simple, but familiar form.

Data Мanagement Improvements

Generic Components

The way from idea to real devices has become shorter. The new feature will reduce the time it takes to design a schematic.