09 Nov 2016

Altium introduces latest version of PCB design suite

In the midst of record user growth, Altium has announced the upcoming release of new landmark PCB design and data management technologies in Altium Designer 17 and Altium Vault 3.0.

This new release of Altium Designer 17 improves the functionality whilst considerably improving on the easy of use - a key factor for any PCB design suite.

The anticipated release for the Altium Designer 17 is around the end November 2016. It enables PCB designers to take control of the design whilst still using the power of the active router.

For Altium Vault, the library of the shapes and data, there is a streamlined project releaser as well as a customised item manager and expanded templates to address the needs of draughtsmen.

In addition to this the suite incorporates a power distribution manager that is able to route and also detect weak points int he power rails, thereby preventing damage to boards once in service.

These new technologies will continue to drive the company’s goal of becoming the leader in PCB design software by 2020, with over 5000 engineers having already switched to Altium Designer in FY2016. Altium Designer 17 and Altium Vault 3.0 are both scheduled to release in November as a free upgrade to all Altium Subscription customers. Engineers can explore the new technologies on the Altium Designer 17 and Altium Vault 3.0 coming soon pages.

“We’ve reached new heights in our mission to supply modern designers with the tools they need to succeed, hitting a record $100 million in sales this past year,” said Henry Potts, Chief Operating Officer at Altium. “Our continued growth allows us to consistently deliver leadership technology in design automation software as we advance toward our goal of becoming the worldwide market leader of PCB ECAD solutions.”

The upcoming release of Altium Designer 17 features impressive technology geared toward strengthening the efficiency of today’s electronics design process. Designers can reach the peak of their engineering potential with several new features, including: - ActiveRoute which allows an engineer to design high quality Printed Circuit Board layouts with high-performance, guided routing technology.

  • Dynamic Copper which allows engineers to save time with the ability to easily modify copper polygon shapes on Printed Circuit Boards.

  • Back Drilling which allows engineers to reduce signal integrity disturbances on high-speed designs with complete control over drill hole specifications.

“PCB designers continue to be confronted with time consuming interactive routing challenges,” said Charles Pfeil, Senior Product Manager at Altium. “With ActiveRoute, we’ve pushed routing technology into a new frontier by providing complete user control and flexibility for high quality routing in a small fraction of the time.”

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