Altium Limited announces the new version of its flagship product, Altium Designer 14.

The new Altium Designer 14 extends the company’s leadership position in native 3D PCB Design systems by delivering a new customer centric platform with heavy emphasis on core PCB design technologies. Altium Designer now features support for flex and rigid-flex design, including schematic capture, 3D PCB layout, analysis and programmable design – all in a single, unified solution.

With its unique native 3D visual support of this technology, Altium Designer 14 opens the door for new innovations in electronic design by allowing for increased processing and communication within a smaller, more fluid space. The enhanced platform allows for smaller packaging of electronic designs, which in turn leads to lower cost of materials and production, and increased durability.

Unique 3D implementation of advanced board design capabilities make them accessible to mainstream designers

     Flex and Rigid Flex PCB design support – This release includes the ability to handle the challenges of flex and rigid-flex designs including advanced layer stack management.

     Support for embedded PCB components – Allowing far greater design miniaturization opportunities by placing standard components on an inner layer of the circuit board during fabrication.

Comprehensive high speed PCB design capabilities with easier definition of rules and constraints

        Simplification of high speed design rules, including automated and guided adjustment of differential pair width-gap settings ensuring pair impedance is maintained.

     Via-stitching improvements: The capabilities of the PCB Editor’s via-stitching have been enhanced to include the ability to constrain the via-stitching pattern to a user defined area.

 New wizards improve interoperability with popular ECAD and MCAD formats

     CadSoft Eagle Importer – With the understanding that not all design work is done in Altium Designer, Altium has introduced an importer for CadSoft Eagle so customers can use design files in other formats.

     Autodesk AutoCAD Import / Export – up-to-date support for transfer of designs to and from AutoCAD  *.DWG and *.DXF formats. The importer/exporter interfaces have been upgraded to support the latest versions of AutoCAD and a wider range of object types.

     Direct use of IBIS models for IC pins facilitate  signal integrity analysis with Altium Designer.

A full overview of Altium Designer 14 can be found on

License options

Altium Designer is available in three major license options

        Altium Designer 14
Full custom board design and manufacturing capabilities. Native 3D PCB design and editing. Complete front-end engineering design system for  both board-level and programmable logic design. Analog and digital simulation, System-on-FPGA implementation.

        Altium Designer 14 SE
This option is for the system engineer with complete front-end schematic design for both board-level and programmable logic design. Analog and digital simulation, System-on-FPGA implementation

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