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Altium to announce revamped version of signature program, Altium Designer

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article image Altium Designer 15 includes powerful new enhancements for designing the next generation of high-speed PCBs

Altium Limited announces the upcoming release of its professional PCB and electronic system level design software, Altium Designer 15. Altium is a global leader in electronics design automation, native 3D PCB design systems (Altium Designer) and embedded software development toolkits (TASKING).

Altium CTO Jason Hingston explains that Altium’s latest software release reflects the extended R&D engagement with customers, with the PCB design incorporating the feedback of their dedicated beta users over the last 12 months. With IPC-2581 and Gerber X2 support, Altium Designer is ready for users working with leading-edge fabricators who build complex PCB structures.

Altium Designer 15 demonstrates the continuing commitment by Altium to produce software and solutions that increase productivity and reduce user stress during challenging electronics design projects while supporting customer success by delivering products that they need. In keeping with these objectives, Altium Designer 15 includes powerful new enhancements for designing the next generation of high-speed printed circuit boards, as well as support for new fabrication output standards.

High Speed Signal Pin Pairs

Modern designs require signal propagation at rates up to 100 gigabits per second. To design to these specifications, Altium Designer 15 includes a new Pin Pairs feature, which enables accurate length and phase tuning across termination components; and allows length, phase and delay tuning traversing an entire signal path.

The new feature will eliminate the need for designers to look for external software or maintain complex lists of signals and nets, while enabling them to plan and route groups of high speed nets with much greater efficiency and accuracy.

IPC-2581 and Gerber X2 Support

As a Computer Aided Manufacturing format, traditional Gerber has its origins in standard RS-274D published almost 35 years ago. Ucamco has recently updated RS-274X to Gerber X2 to incorporate critical fabrication data previously missing, and the International Printed Circuit association has developed an entirely new standard, IPC-2581.

Both resolve issues of ambiguous or missing data encountered when using older formats such as Gerber RS-274X to hand off design to fabrication, completely describing a PCB according to its design: Copper layer images; plated and unplated holes, slots, routes, grooves and microvias; PCB design outline and cutout regions; complex layer stack regions; rigid and flexible board areas; material specifications; and fabrication notes, tolerances, and other critical standards-compliance information.

Altium Designer 15 introduces support for both IPC-2581 and Gerber X2, keeping designers up to date while giving them a choice that broadens their selection of PCB fabrication partners. Altium Designer 15 is expected to enhance electronics engineering workflow and reduce communication bottlenecks between designers and manufacturers.

Altium Designer 15 will be released to Altium Subscription Customers later this quarter at no additional cost.

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