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Altium PCB design tool gets upgrade

04 Mar 2015  | Julien Happich

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Altium Designer 15.1

Altium updates its flagship printed circuit board (PCB) design tool, Altium Designer 15.1, touting new features for improved design productivity, documentation outputs and high-speed design efficiency.

The new features in Altium Designer 15.1 are adding to an existing foundation set in place with the initial release. The new version also enhances the core philosophy of the software, with a continued focus on improved design productivity and efficiency.

A wizard for xSignals now helps save time on configuring length-matching rules for high-speed designs. The tool now comes with bikini coverlay support for rigid-flex designs, allowing users to easily add support layers to flexible designs that can be viewed in 3D and configured with user-specific materials.

The introduction of 3D PDF output documentation in Altium Designer 15.1 makes it easy for anyone on the team, designer or not, to view a PCB design in 3D from any compatible PDF viewer. Additional design re-use tools are being added for increased productivity when managing pads and vias as reusable libraries in PCB designs.

Padstacks will allow a user to define templates for different sized pads and vias in specific groups being used on a board, saving designers' time by no longer having to define pad and via sizes individually.

A more exhaustive listing of all the new features in 15.1 will be released in the coming weeks.

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