ALTIUM has announced a partnership with In-Circuit Design to respond to challenges in high-speed design with a new set of Altium Designer extensions.
The new tools for stackup and power distribution network planning will enable PCB designers to cope with high-speed design challenges at an affordable price, Altium claims.
With the increasing challenges concerning high-speed signals – not only because of high clock frequencies, but also because of faster edge rates – more and more PCB designers need to have analysis tools that allow them to successfully design with fewer iterations.
The two new extensions for Altium Designer, the ICD Stackup Planner and ICD Power Distribution Network (PDN) Planner, are accessible from within the design tool to provide for seamless analysis.
“The ICD analysis software...[empowers] designers to accurately and confidently route complex, high-speed designs” said Barry Olney, Managing Director and CEO of In-Circuit Design.
The ICD Stackup Planner helps engineers and PCB designers to plan multilayer PCB stackup configurations in order to extract the best possible performance out of their product.
The tool features high simulation speed, is easy to use, and allows accurate impedance control for rigid-flex design flows.
It includes a 8,800 part dielectric materials library to simulate the actual materials used by the fabricator.
The ICD PDN Planner helps analyse the AC impedance of each on-board PDN, including capacitor selection, to ensure a broad spectrum of noise reduction, giving a concise graphical view of the entire network including plane resonance peaks.