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Altium Releases Major Productivity-Focused Update to Flagship PCB Design Tool
LA JOLLA, Calif.—Altium Designer 16, the latest major update to Altium Limited’s flagship PCB design tool, is said to expand the Altium Designer platform to include several new features for enhanced design productivity and automation. As a result, the update allows engineers to create complex, error-free designs in less time, according to a press release from Altium.
“Engineers are constantly being challenged to design PCBs in increasingly smaller product packages while still requiring the highest-performance electronics,” said Jason Hingston, CTO at Altium, in the release. “Altium Designer 16 empowers every engineer with the powerful capabilities needed to meet the challenges of these design demands with industry-leading productivity and automation tools found only in the unified Altium Designer platform.”
As electronic designs continue to expand in complexity, engineers are often left with the daunting task of managing all of the details needed to complete their designs on-time and error-free. Altium Designer 16 includes several new productivity and automation-focused enhancements, allowing engineers to design “even the most complex board layouts in significantly less time,” the company says. While the Alternative Part Choice System allows designers to fully control their component selection process with backup part choices for manufacturing, Visual Clearance Boundaries allow designers to understand the impact of their routing decisions in real-time with visual clearance boundaries between objects on a board. A Component Placement System allows designers to create “the most organized and efficient board layouts with new component placement options,” the company says.
Altium Designer 16 is available now as a free upgrade for all existing Altium Subscription customers, and can be accessed via the Altium Products Download page.
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