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PCB design libraries feature Altium 3D CAD data

Tue, 09/17/2013 - 4:18pm

Altium Limited has released a new range of component libraries for board-level designs using Linear Technology power management devices. Available now from AltiumLive, the release delivers more than 13,000 new board-level component models and corresponding supply chain information, such as real-time price and availability data from distributors and vendors including Digi-Key, Mouser and Farnell, directly to designers using Altium's electronics design software Altium Designer.

A component model hosted in AltiumLive includes the schematic symbol, PCB footprint and a detailed 3D model for 3D mechanical integration during the PCB design process. Corresponding component price and availability data is drawn directly from vendor and supplier web services. AltiumLive also provides access to a host of design-related content including training and design tips videos, reference designs and a large range of documentation resources.

The complete Linear Technology power management catalog has been covered in this release, bringing Altium’s overall coverage of Linear’s catalog to more than 18,000 devices. The following power management families are included:

·         Battery Management

·         Current Sources

·         Energy Harvesting

·         Hot Swap Controllers

·         Inductorless (Charge Pump) DC/DC Converters

·         LDO Linear Regulators

·         LED Driver ICs

·         PMIC Multifunction

·         Power Control

·         Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) Interface Controllers

·         Supercapacitor Chargers

·         Switching Regulators

·         System Supervisor, Monitor and Control

·         µModule Regulators

This announcement highlights Altium's ongoing expansion of the design content available through AltiumLive. The total number of available components has now exceeded 140,000. The board-level components for new and existing Linear Technology device families, along with other vendors including Texas Instruments, Microchip, Maxim and more - can be accessed online by visiting the Community > Design Content section in AltiumLive at http://live.altium.com/.

More information on board-level components and how they are accessed in Altium Designer is available from AltiumLive and in the related blogs. Linear Technology products are available directly from Linear online or from a range of Linear authorized distributors worldwide. For more information, go to www.linear.com.

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