PCB Creators Look No Further than Altium Designer

Zachariah Peterson
|  Created: January 9, 2020
PCB Creators Look No Further than Altium Designer

When it comes to PCB design software, the best software packages aren’t sold piecemeal. You need an integrated software solution that includes the latest and greatest tools demanded by the PCB design industry. Whether you are new to PCB design or you’ve been in the business for decades, Altium Designer gives you the tools to produce top-quality PCBs for any application.


An integrated PCB design software package that contains all the tools you need for the entire design process

There are plenty of programs that let you create a simple circuit board. But if you want to build the best PCBs, you need the best tools. Now you can work in a unified PCB design environment with Altium Designer. Gone are the days of moving your designs between programs that have separated features.

With Altium Designer, you can operate within a single interface that contains all the important features you need. Industry-standard design, simulation, CAD/CAM, and documentation features are powered by Altium Designer’s 64-bit multi-threading architecture. Everything you need to start producing a finished exists within a single software package.

Create Circuit Boards by Taking Advantage of a Powerful Interface

Coming up to speed with a new software package can take some time. The situation is worse when your design tools are separated into multiple programs. When your design tools are integrated into a single software package, the time required to learn the nuances of your software is reduced. Your circuit demands PCB software that can encourage any design engineer to work with the freedom and creativity at their disposal.

A PCB creator is going to want software that can easily transition a board design from schematic capture to layout and then carefully manage output files for a PCB manufacturer. Keeping everything in a single program with a consistent file format eliminates errors that result from translating between multiple programs. A true circuit board creator has never been easier.

Layout Your PCB in a Unified Design Interface

Watch your design come together before your eyes with powerful routing tools. Combine the routing features with extensive component libraries and CAD/CAM tools, and you have everything you need to transition from schematic to layout. An intuitive design interface makes getting started easy and puts success within your grasp.

3D mechanical view in Altium Designer

3D mechanical view in Altium Designer

The Advanced Tools You Need Are All In One Place

Designing a top-quality PCB is about more than just laying out components and placing traces on a CAD drawing. Design rules have to be enforced, devices need to be simulated, proper component specifications need to be determined, substrate materials and copper weight need to be selected, and a host of other issues need to be addressed before you can fully create your circuit board.

If you’re looking to get your board creating with the proper layout software to handle your design rule check needs, look no further. Altium Designer can work through any custom PCB with its circuit design tool. Thankfully, Altium Designer includes all the tools you need to address every design issue under the sun.

Altium Designer Has the Industry-Standard Tools You Need

Whether you’re building a house or building an electronic device, getting the job done is all about using the right tools. With Altium Designer, you have access to all the tools that the PCB design industry demands. From basic layout tools to component libraries, advanced routing, and simulation tools, you’ll have access to everything you need.

Screenshot of PDN Analyzer in AD

Verifying a PCB design with PDN Analyzer

PCB Design From Idea to Reality

Turning your idea into a work of art on a computer screen is truly gratifying, but nothing compares to knowing that your PCB will soon be rolling off the assembly line. Turning this final step into reality doesn’t require yet another software package. Generating your CAM outputs, bill of materials and panelized boards should occur within a single program like Altium Designer.

Altium Will Be There to Guide You Towards the Finish Line

Creating your manufacturing outputs requires accurate data management and documentation generation. You will need access to CAD/CAM tools and you will need to create a bill of materials for your designs. Altium Designer keeps your documentation consistent and provides you with up-to-date supplier information through extensive component libraries.

A great PCB design package like Altium Designer gives you all the tools you need to design the best circuit boards. Forget about downloading multiple design programs with separated functionality. All the advanced tools you need come in a complete software platform, allowing you to easily move from schematic to manufacturing.

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 2000+ technical articles on PCB design for a number of companies. He is a member of IEEE Photonics Society, IEEE Electronics Packaging Society, American Physical Society, and the Printed Circuit Engineering Association (PCEA). He previously served as a voting member on the INCITS Quantum Computing Technical Advisory Committee working on technical standards for quantum electronics, and he currently serves on the IEEE P3186 Working Group focused on Port Interface Representing Photonic Signals Using SPICE-class Circuit Simulators.

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