Altium’s Parameter Table Editor Lets You Control Your Project Settings

Zachariah Peterson
|  Created: January 13, 2021
Altium’s Parameter Table Editor Lets You Control Your Project Settings

There’s a lot of data that goes into any PCB design project. The design files and project files all have their own parameters, and these can be customized to provide plenty of useful information for data management. ECAD software users need a simple way to keep their parameter sets organized within their project files, component libraries, and much more.

Parameters can appear in all types of objects in your ECAD software, as well as in any type of file you might include in a project. When you need to organize, set, modify, and manage parameter sets in a PCB design project, only Altium Designer gives you full control over your PCB design projects in an intuitive, unified design environment. Keep reading to see what you can control with the Parameter Table Editor in Altium Designer.

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Project files, component parameters, electrical ratings, inventory data, and much more need to be tracked within design libraries, databases, and elsewhere. Unfortunately, most ECAD programs simply don’t account for the level of data enterprises require to keep track of electronics projects, libraries, components, and manufacturing data. As a result, smaller companies are often forced to use an external program to manage and track their inventory and design data.

What if you could do it all inside your PCB design software as you work through your designs? With Altium Designer, you can take full control of your PCB projects and modify design parameters in any of your project files and libraries. This gives you the power to customize what information you track, how that information is used, and how it affects your design.

Parameter Levels in Altium Designer

Design parameters can be applied in different levels of a project, spanning from board-level objects to project-wide parameters and everything in between. These parameters let you customize the information that is attached to a project and displayed as project, file, or object properties. By default, your ECAD tools should contain some basic information to describe data in a project, but some organizations will need more information at different levels in a design.

Altium Designer is a high-quality PCB design application that lets you define, modify, and manage parameters within your project. Custom parameters can be defined in the following areas of your circuit board design project:

  • Project-level Parameters
  • Server-side Parameters
  • Document-level Parameters
  • Variant-level Parameters
  • Component Parameters
  • Object-level Parameters

All of these parameter sets can be accessed and edited inside Altium Designer. As an example, a design team can set important electrical ratings on their components as parameters, or revision/part number values on projects, and much more.

Set Parameters Directly in Your Design Data in Altium Designer

When you’re working in the PCB editor or schematic editor in Altium Designer, you can add parameters to parts that appear in your library. This is the most common place where parameters need to be set and examined within a design. When you set these parameters in your components, they’ll be saved to your design libraries where they can be reused in a new project.

Parameter table editor

The Parameter Table Editor in Altium Designer.

Keeping Track of Design Data with Parameters

Using sites like OEMSTrade for electronics part search features gives you access to pricing data from some distributors mixed in with a smattering of related parts, creating an unwieldy interface for sourcing parts. When you’re preparing for manufacturing, it’s important to get a clear view of the costs, lead times, lifecycle status, and supplier information for the parts in your design. Altium Designer gives you just this type of interface and a simple method for managing component options for your design.

Altium Designer Lets You Store Design Data and Parameters in the Cloud

Altium Designer already makes local data management easy through a local Excel or Access database that can be accessed within Altium Designer. This is an excellent way for companies in highly regulated industries to stay productive and compliant. Altium Designer users can also store all of their design data in a managed cloud server through the Altium 365 platform. Taking design data into the cloud ensures all design data with attached parameters are accessible from anywhere.

Parameter table editor

Accessing and syncing component data with parameters to Altium 365.

Manage all Your Design Data in One Location

Altium Designer’s unified environment includes everything advanced PCB designers need to apply parameter settings throughout their designs. The PCB editor and schematic editor in Altium Designer are placed in the same application and give you access to all objects with assigned parameters. There is no external program required to manage libraries, components, or other design data. Simply assign the parameters you need as you create your designs.

Altium Designer and Altium 365 Give Total Design Control

Just like parameters can be assigned in Altium Designer, they can also be assigned and modified in Altium 365. Designers can view all data in their Altium 365 workspace through their web browser, and they can apply parameter settings as needed in their designs. Best of all, Altium 365 synchronizes all the important design data with your projects as they are opened in Altium Designer. You’ll have full control over all aspects of your design data, sharing, and collaboration through the Altium 365 platform.

Parameter table editor in Altium Designer

Altium Designer’s unified design environment gives you full control over all project parameters.

Altium Designer is the only unified PCB design platform that gives designers full control of PCB project data. Your team can operate with maximum efficiency in Altium Designer’s integrated environment. Make the switch today to get access to the industry’s best circuit board design tools and data management features.

Altium Designer on Altium 365 delivers unprecedented integration to the electronics industry until now relegated to the world of software development, allowing designers to work from home and reach unprecedented levels of efficiency.

We have only scratched the surface of what is possible to do with Altium Designer on Altium 365. You can check the product page for a more in-depth feature description or one of the On-Demand Webinars.

About Author

About Author

Zachariah Peterson has an extensive technical background in academia and industry. He currently provides research, design, and marketing services to companies in the electronics industry. Prior to working in the PCB industry, he taught at Portland State University and conducted research on random laser theory, materials, and stability. His background in scientific research spans topics in nanoparticle lasers, electronic and optoelectronic semiconductor devices, environmental sensors, and stochastics. His work has been published in over a dozen peer-reviewed journals and conference proceedings, and he has written 1000+ technical blogs on PCB design for a number of companies. He is a member of IEEE Photonics Society, IEEE Electronics Packaging Society, and the American Physical Society, and he currently serves on the INCITS Quantum Computing Technical Advisory Committee.

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