Latest Features in Altium Designer 2017

The engineering mentality is one focused on efficiency and creativity. And whether you’re designing electronics in today’s autonomous vehicles or connected devices, the careful balance between art and science walks a very thin line. Sooner or later, you’re bound to hit a roadblock. Not in your ideas, but in executing those ideas efficiently in your tools.

For 2017 the focus is razor sharp, to understand the inefficiency gaps that exists in today’s engineering workflows and provide practical solutions for them. Redefined processes are to be found that are more modern, more elegant, and downright more automated and efficient. Just the way engineering tool was meant to be.

Here are some major features or releases of the Altium Designer:

ActiveRouting

Designing the highest quality PCB layouts in a fraction of the time with ActiveRoute. Fully control and optimise your routing workflow with a high-performance, guided routing technology that adheres to your specific design constraints while routing on one or multiple layers simultaneously.

Dynamic Copper

Modifying copper polygon shapes on your PCB layout should be a snap, and that’s what we’ve done within Altium Designer 17. Save time customising your copper polygons with Dynamic Copper. Easily modify existing shapes by adding/subtracting overlaying copper, and customise copper borders with easy-to-use editing modes.

Backdrilling

In Altium Designer 17, we’ve introduced Backdrilling, which gives you complete control over specific drill sizes, max stub lengths, and start/stop layers for each drill hole on your board.

Octopart Inside

Altium, one of Octomyze’s audience partners and Octopart’s parent company has introduced Octopart inside of Altium Designer 17 itself. It enables design engineers to see electronic component information from distributors and manufacturers as they build their design. Altium Designer 17 now includes a “Supplier Search” that works just like an Octopart.com search, using keywords, part numbers, or parametric values to return pricing and quantity-in-stock information from all of our distributors. Designers can select their preferred components and manufacturers from the results, review the available stock and pricing, then select the part to have its parameters stored to their diagram.

Altium Vault 3.0 now features streamlined project release to add verified project snapshots with included design variants for fabrication and assembly; customised item manager auto-matching to synchronise projects and define parameters to update unmanaged assets with verified design data; expand templates to keep design projects standardised. Vault 3.0 now features streamlined project release to add verified project snapshots with included design variants for fabrication and assembly; customised item manager auto-matching to synchronise projects and define parameters to update unmanaged assets with verified design data; expand templates to keep design projects standardised.

Some of the other latest features also include Track Glossing, dynamic selections, auto cross-probing, PCB component parameters, draftsman enhancements.

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Ritesh
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Ritesh Kanjee has over 7 years in Printed Circuit Board (PCB) design as well in image processing and embedded control. He completed his Masters Degree in Electronic engineering and published a paper for IEEE called Vision-based adaptive Cruise control using Pattern matching (on Google Scholar). His work was implemented in LabVIEW. He works as an Embedded Electronic Engineer in defence research. He has experience in FPGA design with programming in both VHDL and Verilog.