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Schematic Capture in Altium Designer
Best Practices for Using Schematic DNI/DNP Entries in Your PCB BOM
You can use the DNI/DNP designation on components in your PCB BOM to create design variants as long as you’ve created your layout correctly.
Photodiode Circuit Simulation and Design for Your PCB
Your design tools should give you an easy way to create circuit diagrams, simulate electrical behavior, and start a new PCB layout. A photodiode circuit is important in many applications, ranging from simple ON/OFF light detection to receiving digital data in an optical fiber. These semiconductor devices are similar to a regular diode, but they can be difficult to simulate without the right component models and circuit design tools. With Altium
Quickly Replicate Circuits with a Connection Room in Your PCB Layout
Modern PCB designs can get very complex, and designers need tools to help them stay organized. Schematic sheets are a great start, but simply organizing different circuit blocks into different schematics is not enough to ensure your designs are organized. Altium Designer unifies your schematic design and PCB layout tasks into a single program, and it includes a PCB connection rooms feature to keep your circuit blocks synchronized. Here’s how you
Altium Designer’s Board Layout Software
Handling the ever-growing complexities of today’s routing demands requires board layout software that can keep up. When yesterday’s tools are no longer getting the job done, get back on the road of productive design today with the most powerful easy draw PCB design layout software. When you need powerful board layout software, you need to easily complete the following tasks: Visually and easily manage your PCB copper pours Peace of mind PCB
Altium Designer Helps You Track Reference Designators on Your PCB
Make sure you use the correct reference designators in your PCB and in your drawings, schematic sheets, and circuit board layout.
Upgrade from AutoCAD PCB Design Software to Altium Designer's Unified Environment
Most designers are familiar with AutoCAD electrical PCB design software for mechanical or construction drafting, and for making important engineering diagrams. AutoCAD PCB design is great for many tasks involved in electrical or mechanical engineering, but PCB designers need more than mechanical drafting tools to make advanced electronics. To get your designs to the next level, you need the best set of ECAD tools on the market, rather than using
Step Up Into Altium Designer from PCAD
The original goal of PCAD, to give PCB designers the best tools possible, lives on today in Altium. Altium Designer is made for designers like you and will import your legacy PCAD designs so you can continue your work. ALTIUM DESIGNER CAD software that will continue through the years. Back in 1982, an innovative new PCB design software CAD tool called P-CAD was introduced to the world. This PCAD PCB design tool quickly outgrew its competition and
The Best Electronic Design Automation (EDA) Software for PCB Design
You don’t have time for underperforming electronic design automation (EDA) tools that are difficult to learn and use, you need the best EDA software for PCB design automation that you can get; Altium Designer. But what is EDA software? ALTIUM DESIGNER The most powerful, modern, and easy-to-use EDA simulation software or electronic design automation software for professional use. You’ve got a job that needs to be done and that means the printed
The Anatomy of Your Schematic Netlist, Ports, and Net Names
Your schematic netlist will create the link between components as you build your schematic sheets. See how your schematic sheets enable usage of net names and ports to help you stay organized.
What is Schematic Capture?
All designs start with creating schematic sheets for your circuits. Learn more about what is schematic capture in our guide for new engineers.
Designing for the FPGA Pin Mapper
It is a well-known fact that FPGA IO names must meet specific syntax requirements in Verilog or VHDL. The naming convention used in Altium Designer schematics doesn’t always meet these criteria specified by the hardware description languages (HDL). As a result, there can often be a mismatch between PCB net names and the actual FPGA signal names. As more users experiment with the FPGA Pin Mapper tool in Altium Designer, they will discover that the
Get the Most From Switching Your Power Supply Design Software to Altium
Power supplies can be difficult to design and layout as they require attention to safety and efficiency. Everything from isolation to thermal management needs to be considered in these systems, and designers need to have a complete set of design features to create reliable power supplies. In addition, power supplies tend to have mechanical constraints imposed by the enclosure, and these need to be considered when creating a PCB layout for a power
Complete Power Supply Filter Design and Simulation Guide
A PCB for a power supply can be as difficult to design as high-speed networking equipment and complex embedded systems. These circuit board designs need to account for a range of behaviors and safety requirements, especially when dealing with high voltages and currents reaching the output of the power supply. In addition to safety standards involved in power supply PCBs, component selection is critical for ensuring the design can provide the
Switching Power Supply Output Filter: Design and Simulation
SPICE packages can help you design a switching power supply output filter bby looking at transient response results and running parameter sweeps.
Guide to Transient Analysis in SPICE Simulations for Electronics
The best SPICE simulation tools will make transient analysis easy. Learn more about transient analysis in circuit design in this article.
Easy Schematics Creation for Elegance and Readability
A schematic drawing will not only tell your PCB design software what needs to connect where, but it also communicates the purpose of a circuit to other people. It’s easy how to make schematics, but it can be harder to make helpful schematics that can be quickly and easily read and comprehended by the reader. Anyone reading your schematic diagram should not have to try and trace wires around to figure out what they do or need to unscramble a
Best Practices for Using PCB Reference Designs
Reference designs can help you get started building a new system, but watch out for these pitfalls if you plan to use reference designs for your PCB.