Design Automation


Enhancements come to Altium’s ECAD platform

6 August 2014 Design Automation

Altium announced the immediate release of a new generation of its Altium Vault enterprise data management and collaboration platform. By centralising, managing and formalising the component libraries, design data and team collaboration, design teams can use this system to achieve productivity improvements and reduce potentially costly errors.

In addition to productivity and collaboration enhancements, licensing has also been simplified in version 2.0, thanks to a new system that is not only aligned with traditional enterprise software products, but also offers bundles tailored toward component management, small workgroups and enterprise level design teams.

New high-speed capabilities

In cooperation with fellow Australian company In-Circuit Design (ICD), Altium has also developed new extensions for Altium Designer for advanced stackup planning and power distribution network analysis to bring comprehensive high-speed design capabilities to the mainstream market, at an affordable price.

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 for seamless analysis.

ICD provides a centralised, shared, impedance planning environment that connects materials, PDN analysis, stackup planning, signal integrity, PCB design and fabric-ation, consolidating the impedance control from schematic to fabrication. The impedance is planned pre-layout and flows through the design process to fabrication.



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