Documentation

Looking for Documentation resources for PCB design? Read the latest from Altium experts here.

  • HDI PCB Designs and the CAD Tools Behind Them

    HDI PCB Designs and the CAD Tools Behind Them

    Printed circuit boards manufactured with high density interconnect technology is here to stay. See what kind of CAD tools you will need for HDI PCB designs.

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  •  High-Speed Design: Definitive Guide for Utilizing Altium Designer for Your Board Needs

    High-Speed Design: Definitive Guide for Utilizing Altium Designer for Your Board Needs

    High-speed design can present the PCB designer with many challenges. Here’s a definitive guide of some of Altium Designer’s high-speed features that can help.

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  • Helpful Tips for Interactive Routing in Altium Designer

    Helpful Tips for Interactive Routing in Altium Designer

    Your interactive routing in Altium Designer will be greatly enhanced by using some of these helpful tips and tricks to help you to become more efficient.

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  • Excel Versus BOM Software: When Your Data Management Tool Needs an Upgrade

    Excel Versus BOM Software: When Your Data Management Tool Needs an Upgrade

    The choice between BOM versus Excel may not always be clear but understanding the capabilities of BOM software may help enhance your team’s collaborative efforts.

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  • Communicating PCB Layer Stackup Needs to Manufacturers

    Communicating PCB Layer Stackup Needs to Manufacturers

    Software-based stackup planning tools can help you optimize your stackup and better communicate your PCB layer stackup needs to manufacturers.

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  • Multi-Directional Communication for Easy Mechanical and Electrical Collaboration

    Multi-Directional Communication for Easy Mechanical and Electrical Collaboration

    Altium’s toolset automatically sets up your environment for import and export of CAD files that includes every intricate detail needed to render and evaluate your design.

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  • How to Use Blind and Buried Vias in Altium Designer

    How to Use Blind and Buried Vias in Altium Designer

    Using blind and buried vias in Altium Designer when routing can be very helpful in designs with high density. Here’s how to set up and use these vias.

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  • Design Reuse: Methodologies and Best Practices for Re-Applying Previous Boards

    Design Reuse: Methodologies and Best Practices for Re-Applying Previous Boards

    Are you tired of the nightmare of managing files, links, and copy & paste routines for design reuse? Take a look instead at a PCB design system built for this.

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  • Leave Translation Magic in the Hands of Altium Import Wizard

    Leave Translation Magic in the Hands of Altium Import Wizard

    Use a Altium Designer’s Import Wizard for PCB translation magic.

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  • PCB Layout and Polygon Pour: How to Utilize Copper Regions in Your Design

    PCB Layout and Polygon Pour: How to Utilize Copper Regions in Your Design

    Whether you call them planes, fills, metal, or copper, your PCB design will need them. Here’s how to create polygon pours for copper regions in Altium Designer.

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  • Supply Chain Solutions for Electronic Assemblies

    Supply Chain Solutions for Electronic Assemblies

    To keep your schematic parts organized and up-to-date, check out supply chain solution software to manage the bill of materials in your PCB design tools.

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  • How Bill of Material Software Can Protect You from Unintended Errors

    How Bill of Material Software Can Protect You from Unintended Errors

    When the design doesn’t synchronize with purchasing and manufacturing, unintended part problems can happen. Here’s how bill of material software can help.

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  •  Component Symbol Information Management and Display Usability

    Component Symbol Information Management and Display Usability

    Component symbol management is critical to your design workflow. See how a unified interface can help you implement your management strategy.

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  • Creating a Ground Plane for Your PCB Design

    Creating a Ground Plane for Your PCB Design

    Your PCB design will probably have power planes of some kind on it. Here are some ways for creating a ground plane in your design using Altium Designer.

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  • More than a Right-Click Menu Multi-Channel PCB Design

    More than a Right-Click Menu Multi-Channel PCB Design

    Don’t settle for old schematic capture tools that force you into extra work. A modern schematic editor based on a unified design environment is what you need.

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  •  Switching Units From MM to Mil and Other PCB Design Measurement Preferences

    Switching Units From MM to Mil and Other PCB Design Measurement Preferences

    It is no longer a problem to switch between imperial and metric units when designing PCBs. Altium Designer gives you a simple way of switching from MM to mil.

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  • Escape the Pain of a Gerber Files Viewer and Invest in a 3D PCB Editor

    Escape the Pain of a Gerber Files Viewer and Invest in a 3D PCB Editor

    With tighter schedules and smaller R&D budgets, you can’t afford the risk of going to manufacturing without first checking your design in a 3D PCB layout tool.

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  • Editing Multiple Components Anywhere in Footprint

    Editing Multiple Components Anywhere in Footprint

    Creating a PCB library component is not about separate entities anymore, the schematic symbol and PCB footprint are a team when editing multiple components.

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  • Strong Design Software for Differential Pair Routing

    Strong Design Software for Differential Pair Routing

    Now you can build the best quality PCBs with precise differential pair routing when you work in a unified design environment.

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  • Demonstrations for Multi-Layer Designs: Best Uses for Each Layer

    Demonstrations for Multi-Layer Designs: Best Uses for Each Layer

    To create the different circuit boards that you will be designing, you need to know how to set up for the best uses for each layer in your PCB design tools.

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