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PCB design tool adds rigid-flex design

22 Oct 2013  | Susan Nordyk

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Altium has recently unveiled its Altium Designer 14 aimed at PCB design technology. The company's latest software has added support for flex and rigid-flex design, including schematic capture, 3D PCB layout, analysis, and programmable design in a single unified platform. The enhanced software allows for smaller packaging of electronic designs, which leads to lower cost of materials and production, as well as increased durability.

This release of Altium's PCB design software adds the ability to handle rigid-flex designs, including advanced layer-stack management. Rigid-flex lets you take circuit components mounted on a rigid board and connect those using flexible circuits that can bend or fold to fit any space. It also supports embedded PCB components, enabling greater design miniaturisation by placing standard components on an inner layer of the circuit board during fabrication.

Other enhancements to Altium Designer 14 simplify high-speed design rules, such as automated and guided adjustment of differential-pair width-gap settings to ensure pair impedance is maintained. Additionally, improvements to the PCB Editor's via stitching include the ability to constrain the via-stitching pattern to a user-defined area.

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