Altium have published a set of benchmarks for 3D PCB design performance using Altium Designer, an electronic design solution.
Altium are specialists in real-time, 3D PCB design environments, with the introduction of 3D board layouts, real-time 3D ECAD-MCAD collaboration, and now (with the launch of the winter 09 release of Altium Designer) enhanced performance in the PCB design engine. The winter 09 release uses less memory and runs faster, by up to six times in some systems.
To help designers exploit the power of 3D PCB design in a cost-effective way, Altium have completed performance tests of commonly available graphics cards running the winter 09 release of Altium Designer.
Video cards are a critical hardware element in being able to do electronics design, especially PCB layout, in new ways. Different cards also perform at different speeds when running Altium Designer. With this set of benchmarks, designers can decide which card best suits their needs and budget.
Altium have also introduced new concepts in the new winter 09 release of Altium Designer to let designers explore new techniques and design possibilities. A new Field Instrumentation dashboard will help designers overcome some of the challenges of testing or remotely monitoring designs inside FPGAs. A new plug-and-play Software Platform Builder will help designers quickly 'snap' together systems and exploit a standard set of services within the 'soft' hardware environment created inside programmable devices.