Design Automation


Altium Designer now supports DxDesigner files

14 November 2007 Design Automation

Altium has updated the design translation capabilities of its Altium Designer system to support the import of Mentor Graphics' DxDesigner files. The enhanced migration tools make it easier for companies and designers currently using a DxDesigner-based point tool solution to change to Altium Designer and experience the benefits of its unified design environment.

Unified electronics design brings board-level design, embedded systems design and programmable devices such as FPGAs into a single design environment. This provides a high degree of automation between traditionally separate design processes and allows engineers to approach design in a unique way by utilising the potential of reconfigurable hardware as a system platform. Unified design shortens development cycles, allows more intelligent products to be designed more quickly, and extends the opportunities for design innovation for both board-level and embedded designers.

The new DxDesigner translator joins existing translators for Mentor Graphics' PADS, Cadence's OrCAD Capture and Layout, and Altium's own PCAD file formats to provide a comprehensive migration solution for design teams and corporations. Altium Designer users may now translate complete DxDesigner designs, including schematics and library files, into Altium Designer using an import wizard without having to convert to an intermediate format. DxDesigner does not therefore need to be installed on a user's system. The Altium Designer import wizard includes user-defined controls for the import process to analyse files and suggest defaults and settings such as project folders, links to other libraries, drawing styles and output structures.



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