Altium Designer combines Schematic, ECAD Libraries, Rules & Constraints, BoM, Supply Chain Management, ECO Processes and World-Class PCB Design tools in one easy to use, Native 3D enhanced, Unified Environment, increasing your entire team’s productivity, efficiency and reducing your overall costs and time to market..
Altium Designer is all about freeing you from the constraints of traditional design limitations and the old “divide and conquer” approach. Altium Designer provides a single unified solution for the entire design process – the only one of its kind. It allows you to explore and do more, do it in new ways, and design things that haven’t even been thought of yet.
Think and design beyond the confines of the device itself and start designing your customer’s total product experience. That’s next-generation electronics design. That’s Altium Designer.
What’s New in Altium Designer 15.1
PCB designs can now be exported the universal 3D PDF format that allows interactive 3D viewing in Adobe® Acrobat® Reader. External stakeholders now have the means to examine a physical design in three dimensions at high detail, without the need for specialized software.
Multi-line PCB Text
The PCB Layout Editor’s String object has been enhanced to support multi-line text, in both Stroke and True Type font modes. The string object is now resizable, offers dynamic word wrap and accepts carriage returns to force a new line.
xSignals allow the designer to cluster multiple nets into a single signal, referred to as an xSignal. The xSignal Wizard greatly simplifies the process of defining xSignals, xSignal classes, and suitable Matched Length design rules.
Polygon Pour Improvements
Simple improvements can bring a profound change to usability – with automatic naming and intelligent dependency monitoring, the job of identifying, managing and modifying polygons becomes much easier.
Drill Pair Reference
Drill pairs are now defined in a single location – the Drill-Pair Manager. The required drill pair is then selected from a list of available drill pairs, for example in the Via dialog. The validity of drill pairs is also monitored – if a drill pair is removed in the manager, usage of that pair is automatically flagged as an error.
Custom Coverlay Support
A common feature on rigid-flex boards is the selective use of coverlay material. This insulation layer is cut and laminated onto specific areas of the board, and because of this selective use, this custom coverlay is often referred to as bikini coverlay.
Unions are a type of group object that is created as part of a design process, such as placing via stitching or placing a drill table. the PCB panel now includes a Unions mode, select it to list all of the Unions present in the workspace, right-click on a specific union to rename it.
Pad & Via Templates and Libraries
The management Pads and Vias used in PCB designs has been greatly improved with the addition of Pad & Via Libraries, which contain collections of user-defined Pad/Via templates that can be reused in new and existing board designs. This is supported a new Templates Editor and PCB workspace Panels for managing both local and library based Pad/Via templates.
Live Drill Drawing
Working together with the Live Drill Table and the new Drill Symbol editor, the PCB editor’s Drill Drawing layer is now live! Place a Drill Table and the drill symbols are automatically displayed on the Drill Drawing layer. Drill-pairs are fully supported, and you can easily select which pair is currently displayed on the Drill Drawing layer.
Support for Cypress Touch Controls
Extending its support for the use of touch controls in designs, Altium Designer 15.1 provides support for creating planar capacitive sensor patterns on your PCB, for use with the range of Cypress® CapSense® controllers.