Altium has announced it will release the new version of its Protel board-level EDA product, codenamed ‘Phoenix’, to the market in Q1 2002, offering engineers the capability to move anywhere in the design process for the first time.
The Design Explorer integration platform has been extensively redeveloped for the Phoenix release to separate design-file storage issues from the design itself, enabling the engineer to easily move back and forward through the design process.
It also includes a new topological autorouting system that promises superior performance to current shape-based routing technologies, as well as fully-integrated components and libraries and numerous productivity enhancements based on extensive customer feedback, according to Protel product manager Phil Loughhead.
“Phoenix flows with the natural design process, rather than forcing designers to work around the constraints of their design tools,” Loughhead said.
“The new version focuses on maintaining the design as a whole and gives engineers complete freedom to adapt the product to their work workflows.”
“Phoenix promises to be the most significant upgrade to the Protel product line since the move to the Windows platform,” Loughhead added.
The company said Phoenix is expected to be ready for manufacture in Q1 of 2002, with pricing in line with the current Protel 99 SE pricing model.