Altium Designer 16 is here! This release is available now as a free upgrade to all Altium Subscription customers and can be downloaded on the Altium Products Download page. Not an Altium Subscription customer? Contact our support team now to upgrade.
This release is all about tapping into your true design potential and includes powerful new features to accelerate your PCB design workflow. From productivity-focused enhancements to intelligent automation wizards, you’ll get your PCBs done faster than ever with Altium Designer 16. Here’s what’s new:
Alternative Part Choice System
Have complete control over your component selection process by specifying alternative part choices while designing with the Alternative Part Choice System. Include pin compatible backup part choices directly on your BoM and automatically substitute part numbers if needed.
New Alternative Part Choice System in Altium Designer 16
Streamlined Design Rule Query Editor
Easily create and manage your advanced design rule queries with the new Design Rule Query Editor. Understand exactly how your queries interact together and avoid any conflicting rules with an organized query management interface.
Streamlined Design Rule Query Editor in Altium Designer 16
Integrated TASKING Pin Mapper
Share design data instantly between your PCB and embedded software project with the integrated TASKING Pin Mapper. Seamlessly share pin assignments, processor chip identifiers, and symbol names between Altium Designer and your TASKING toolset.
Integrated TASKING Pin Mapper in Altium Designer 16
3D STEP Model Generation Wizard
Easily generate the most realistic, accurate, and data-rich 3D models with the 3D STEP Model Generation Wizard. With realistic 3D STEP models you’ll get an exact representation of your physical board in real-time Native 3D.
3D STEP Model Generation Wizard in Altium Designer 16
Visual Clearance Boundaries
Clearly understand the impact of your routing decisions in real-time with visual clearance boundaries. See clearance boundaries between traces and components visual as you route and design the most accurate and error-free board possible.
New Visual Clearance Boundaries in Altium Designer 16
Component Placement System
Design the most organized and efficient board layouts with a new component placement system. Dynamically place and drag components that push, avoid, and snap-to alignment with other objects on your board layout.
New Component Placement System in Altium Designer 16
You can see all of these new features in action on the Altium Designer What’s New page.
How to Upgrade
Head on over to the Altium Products Download page to download the installer for Altium Designer 16.
Not a current Altium Designer customer? Get started with all the new features in Altium Designer 16 with a free 30 day trial.
About the Author
Nikolay currently serves as a Software Product Manager at Altium where he oversees the complete development lifecycle for Altium Vault. He brings over 5 years of software development experience to the team and graduated from Pre-Azov State Technical University in Mariupol where he studied informatics and applied mathematics.More Content by Nikolay Ponomarenko