Altium is a global leader in Smart System Design Automation and provider of solutions for 3D PCB design (Altium Designer) and embedded software development (TASKING).
Developed by Energy Micro, recently acquired by Silicon Labs, and available from AltiumLive, the solution delivers board-level component models and corresponding supply chain information, such as real-time price and availability data from distributors and vendors including Digi-Key, Arrow and Farnell directly to designers using Altium's electronics design software, Altium Designer.
Rowland Washington, Product Manager - CAD Library and Design Data Development for Altium explains that close collaboration between Altium and device manufacturers allows them to generate design IP that their customers can trust and use ‘out of the box’.
A component model hosted in AltiumLive includes the schematic symbol, PCB footprint and detailed 3D model for 3D mechanical integration during the PCB design process. Corresponding component price and availability data is drawn directly from vendor and supplier web services. AltiumLive also provides access to a host of design-related content including training and design tips videos, reference designs and a large range of documentation resources.
The release of EFM32 libraries for board-level design covers the entire Gecko microcontroller range with over 240 scalable MCU options. The EFM32 products are extremely energy efficient 32-bit microcontrollers suitable for ultra-low-power applications.
According to Øyvind Grotmol, Senior Engineering Director, Software for Silicon Labs’ Microcontroller business group, Altium’s solution is a fresh and unified tool for electronics design. He adds that the combination of their EFM32 MCU portfolio paired with tools that make everything readily available for the designer is a key aspect considered by customers when choosing a product platform.