Getting Started

Getting Started with PCB design? Learn more about PCB design software, tools and process here.

  • Using Library Search Features for Easier Component Selection

    Using Library Search Features for Easier Component Selection

    The component selection and management tools in Altium Designer help keep you productive.

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  • Project Release Management within PCB Design Software

    Project Release Management within PCB Design Software

    There’s no need to rely on check lists or your memory when creating manufacturing output files. Altium Designer’s Project Releaser will do the work for you.

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  • Circuit Breakers in Your PCB and Your Bill of Materials

    Circuit Breakers in Your PCB and Your Bill of Materials

    If a circuit breaker appears in your PCB, you’ll also need to include it in your bill of materials.

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  • Don’t Let Unmanageable Tools Deny You the Joy of Designing a PCB

    Don’t Let Unmanageable Tools Deny You the Joy of Designing a PCB

    Avoid design tools that kill productivity and suck the fun out of work. You need to use an advanced design system that will restore the joy of designing a PCB.

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  • Using Rules-Driven Design to Control a High-Frequency Board

    Using Rules-Driven Design to Control a High-Frequency Board

    Designing a high-frequency PCB can be difficult, fortunately, Altium Designer gives you the ability for a rules-driven design to control a high-frequency board.

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  • Design Layout Integration and What it Means for Your Printed Circuit Board

    Design Layout Integration and What it Means for Your Printed Circuit Board

    Design layout integration in Altium Designer keeps your productivity high and your PCBs ticking.

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  • Using Altium's PDN Analyzer and Incorporating Simulation-Driven Workflow

    Using Altium's PDN Analyzer and Incorporating Simulation-Driven Workflow

    Altium Designer makes it easy to diagnose power delivery and thermal problems in your next PCB.

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  • Optimizing Design Output Files for Large Batch Production

    Optimizing Design Output Files for Large Batch Production

    Generating all of the design output files for a large batch production can be time consuming. See how Altium Designer cuts this time with the output job file.

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  • Utilizing Creative Routing Solutions with Tight Component Placement

    Utilizing Creative Routing Solutions with Tight Component Placement

    Altium Designer makes it easy to place your required interconnects when component placement is tight.

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  • Design Survival Guide in a World of Parts Shortages

    Design Survival Guide in a World of Parts Shortages

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  • Altium Resources for Learning PCB Design

    Altium Resources for Learning PCB Design

    Looking for PCB Design Resources? Altium has shortcuts to finding whatever resource it is you’re looking for.

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  • Easily Placed Surface Mount Technology with 3D Viewing Software

    Easily Placed Surface Mount Technology with 3D Viewing Software

    With 3D viewing software in your PCB design tools, you will have a better perspective of your surface mount and thru-hole parts placement for manufacturability.

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  • Build Your Next Engineering BOM With Integrated Design Software

    Build Your Next Engineering BOM With Integrated Design Software

    Companies need tools that standardize communication and collaboration as they grow. Here’s how a great engineering BOM can help.

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  • Integration of Schematic Capture, Layout, and Databases Improves Efficiency

    Integration of Schematic Capture, Layout, and Databases Improves Efficiency

    Avoid PCB CAD tools that don’t work together. Improve your efficiency with design tools that feature the integration of schematic capture and layout databases.

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  • What is Lenz Law and How Does it Affect PCB Design?

    What is Lenz Law and How Does it Affect PCB Design?

    Lenz Law and opposing current can have a significant effect on PCB design. Understanding how back EMF occurs and how it can be prevented can help mitigate potential issues.

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  • Don't Undervalue Ease of User Interface

    Don't Undervalue Ease of User Interface

    Just as cooking without the right tools at your fingertips can result in disaster, so can working with design tools that don’t feature ease of user interface.

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  • Impedance Calculation and Cross Section Features in PCB Layout

    Impedance Calculation and Cross Section Features in PCB Layout

    Another benefit of Altium Designer is that it will perform your impedance calculations and feed that data directly into your design rules automatically.

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  •  Integrated Design Software vs. Access Databases For Bills of Materials

    Integrated Design Software vs. Access Databases For Bills of Materials

    Considering using an Access database for your next bill of materials? Here’s how integrated design software beats database software every time.

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  • 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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