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Update to Altium Designer 15 incoming

18 March 2015 Design Automation

Altium has announced an incremental update to its PCB design software. Altium Designer 15.1 will introduce several new features for improved design productivity, documentation outputs and high-speed design efficiency.

The release of Altium Designer 15.0 provided a set of features to address the growing complexity of high-speed design. To enhance the productivity of the high-speed design process even further, a wizard for xSignals that helps save time on configuring length-matching rules has been added.

The addition of bikini coverlay support for rigid-flex designs allows users to easily add support layers to flexible designs that can be viewed in 3D and configured with user-specific materials. The introduction of 3D PDF output documentation makes it easy for anyone on the team, designer or not, to view a PCB design in 3D from any compatible PDF viewer.

Additional design re-use tools are being added for increased productivity when managing pads and vias as reusable libraries in PCB designs. Padstacks will allow a user to define templates for different sized pads and vias in specific groups being used on a board, saving designers time by no longer having to define pad and via sizes individually.

These features and more will become available (free for Altium Subscription customers) when Altium Designer 15.1 is publicly released in April this year.

For more information contact EDA Technologies, +27 (0)12 665 0375, sales@edatech.co.za, www.edatech.co.za



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