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PDN analysis extension enhances PCB design platform

22 Apr 2016

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Altium LLC and CST have brought to market what they say is a novel power distribution network (PDN) analysis extension for Altium Designer, the flagship PCB design tool from Altium. The PDN analyser powered by CST allows PCB designers to easily resolve PDN issues as they arise during a board layout process without requiring physical prototypes or dedicated simulation expertise, the companies indicated.

The PDN analyser also provides a complete PDN analysis workflow including voltage and current visualisations in Native 3D, integrated power distribution network analysis, and a fully unified design and analysis workflow in Altium Designer. This tool is available as an extension to the Altium Designer platform.

The PDN analyser enables PCB designers of any experience level to easily identify and resolve voltage and current issues in their PDN without ever having to leave their design workspace. With all the necessary PDN analysis tools included in the designer's workspace in Altium Designer, engineers can take advantage of: Precise PDN analysis for every PCB designer—Engineers can easily identify and resolve DC voltage and current density issues during the board layout process with an intuitive and easy-to-use PDN analysis tool; Unified design and analysis workflow in Altium Designer—Engineers can continuously analyse voltage and current performance throughout the board layout process to ensure your PDN is optimised and error-free; and powerful analysis technology from the CST simulation experts—Engineers can leverage over 30 years of simulation technology from the experts at CST to quickly resolve PDN issues without relying on physical prototypes.

By identifying PDN issues as part of the board layout process, engineers are able to avoid the conventional and costly practices of relying on physical prototypes or simulation experts to resolve their issues in post-design processes.

The PDN analyser powered by CST expands upon the existing technology platform built by CST (Computer Simulation Technology), a provider of high-performance simulation software. With the CST technology fully integrated into the Altium Designer platform, engineers have access to all the tools needed to successfully complete their design process from schematic capture to final production.

PDN analyser is available as a paid extension for Altium Designer.

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