Altium Designer 19: Highlights from the Latest Release with David Marrakchi

Judy Warner
|  Created: December 17, 2018  |  Updated: February 5, 2021

Altium Senior Technical Marketing Engineer, David Marrakchi is here on the show to talk about Altium Designer 19. This latest release is part two of three major releases Altium has planned to level up high-speed design capabilities. As an engineer who likes to wear multiple hats - and with experience in the field as an Electrical Engineer - David has done it all from developing requirements to schematic capture and PCB layout, across industries including home automation, military, and medical. Now he is bringing his rich skillset to the intersection of innovation and implementation by helping people understand Altium Designer and how to get the most out of the PCB design tools, easily and in the least amount of time. David is an inside expert on Altium Designer sharing his expertise on the overall processes of PCB design and product realization; playing a major role in creating product demonstrations, webinars, whiteboard videos, and interactive articles that illuminate the processes of printed circuit board manufacturing.

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Show Highlights:

Altium Designer 19 is released. David is hosting webinars to demonstrate new features. You can join live or on-demand--sign up for live webinars here:

What’s new in Altium Designer 19?

High Speed Design Features:  What they are and how do they help designers?

  • Advanced Layer Stack Management: Impedance solver, material library (vast array, pre-defined) and microvia support. Very important for tracks carrying high speed signals.  

  • Micro via (more info in the Interactive Routing webinar)

  • Impedance modeling

  • Material values - (there are always new materials coming out!)

New Part Search: 

  • Find a part that both meets requirements and that is also available! 

  • Search and filter with parametric information - global parametric supplier search. i.e. size, package, height, frequency, stock, model, and compare two parts.

Routing Improvement: 

  • New follow mode (allows for locking i.e. curves)  

  • HOTKEY / SHORTCUT: ctrl+f to lock to contour

Trace Glossing Improvements:



Printed Electronics

Check out this Podcast with Tactotek to learn more.

Altium has a culture that embraces a mindset of continual “Relentless Innovation”

Some users say they’d rather us fix more bugs--why do we choose to continually innovate?

What value do you think this commitment to innovation provides to our users and the design community as a whole?

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If you are new to Altium Designer, we invite you to get behind the wheel and take it for a test drive and see why Altium has become the fastest growing PCB Design company in the world. 

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On-demand Webinars  

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Interactive Routing webinar

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About Author

About Author

Judy Warner has held a unique variety of roles in the electronics industry for over 25 years. She has a background in PCB Manufacturing, RF and Microwave PCBs and Contract Manufacturing, focusing on Mil/Aero applications. 

She has also been a writer, blogger, and journalist for several industry publications such as Microwave Journal, PCB007 Magazine, PCB Design007, PCD&F, and IEEE Microwave Magazine, and an active board member for PCEA (Printed Circuit Engineering Association). In 2017, Warner joined Altium as the Director of Community Engagement. In addition to hosting the OnTrack Podcast and creating the OnTrack Newsletter, she launched Altium's annual user conference, AltiumLive. Warner's passion is to provide resources, support, and advocate for PCB Design Engineers worldwide.

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