PCB soft­ware up­dated

DEMM Engineering & Manufacturing - - ELECTRICAL TECHNOLOGY -

Altium has re­leased the lat­est up­date to its PCB de­sign soft­ware, Altium De­signer 14.3. Re­spond­ing to user com­mu­nity feed­back, the firm has up­dated the soft­ware to pro­vide im­proved sup­port and new fea­tures that fa­cil­i­tate de­sign re­use and more ef­fi­cient elec­tron­ics de­sign.

This up­date – which is avail­able to all sub­scrip­tion users – will bring Altium users im­proved com­po­nent vari­ant sup­port, which will give users the abil­ity to de­sign the schematic and PCB for drop-in re­place­ment and al­ter­na­tive parts.

This pro­vides size­able pro­duc­tiv­ity gains for prod­uct vari­ants, while also mak­ing it easy to source and man­age mul­ti­ple al­ter­na­tive parts from the sup­ply chain.

“We are com­mit­ted to deeply en­gag­ing with our user com­mu­nity and re­spond­ing to their needs to con­tin­u­ally im­prove our soft­ware,” says the firm’s CEO, Aram Mirkazemi.

“Since the ini­tial re­lease of Altium De­signer 14, we have re­leased two ad­di­tional up­dates that have in­cor­po­rated the fea­tures and im­prove­ments that our cus­tomers are look­ing for.”

To bet­ter sup­port 3D rigid-f lex de­signs, the new ver­sion fea­tures 3D Step Ex­port of rigid-f lex PCBs in the folded state.

Pre­vi­ously, MCAD de­sign­ers had to model rigid-f lex boards as sheet metal parts, which limited the ac­cu­racy of the de­sign. With this up­date, de­sign­ers can open the folded model of a f lex­i­ble PCB in me­chan­i­cal de­sign tools to en­sure form and fit are cor­rect. In ad­di­tion, they can run de­tailed anal­y­sis on the PCB, check­ing on con­nec­tions and heat f low.

Along with im­proved sup­port for Vari­ants and 3D Step Ex­port, Altium De­signer 14.3 de­liv­ers im­prove­ments to schematic wire drag­ging, with de­vel­op­ment fo­cused on main­tain­ing con­nec­tiv­ity while im­prov­ing pro­duc­tiv­ity. This in­cludes im­prove­ments to the han­dling of over­lap­ping wires, net la­bels and junc­tions.

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