Design Automation


Altium update focused on documentation

13 July 2016 Design Automation

Altium announced the release of an update to its flagship PCB design platform, Altium Designer 16.1. With several new features that enhance design documentation and high-speed design workflows, the update is available as a free upgrade for all existing Altium Subscription customers, and can be accessed via the Altium products download page.

While documentation is a critical element of every post-design process, engineers typically find themselves struggling with limited, third-party documentation tools that lack a connection to their original design data. With Draftsman in Altium Designer 16.1, PCB designers can easily create and update documentation without ever leaving their design workspace.

Draftsman enables PCB designers to create and update assembly documentation without ever having to learn another tool or workflow; communicate with manufacturing with easy-to-use markup and drawing object tools; and provide data-rich details on board layouts with detailed perspectives, flexible board layout views and expressive call-outs.

In addition to Draftsman, Altium Designer 16.1 also includes several new productivity-focused features that help PCB designers complete their high-speed designs and mechanical enclosure verifications. It allows engineers to precisely measure board layouts in Native 3D and ensure a precise fit with existing mechanical enclosures. Also included are several platform stability and user interface enhancements, as well as support via technology-aware configurations for USB 3.0.



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