Altium Designer

Version18(as of 3/16/2018)
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Main Features

  • Manage your entire project life-cycle
  • Create and test your product quickly with Rapid Prototyping
  • Connect projects with supply chain management systems
  • Import projects from other PCB design programs
  • Start a design from scratch or use a template

Software Overview

Altium Designer is a program used to design printed circuit boards (PCB), FPGA, and embedded software. It is also used for associated library and release management automation.

Designer gives you the ability to develop high performance PCBs and test them in different scenarios. It can properly design embedded components to fit within the PCB layer stack to increase PCB density. The Layer Stack Manager feature allows you to keep track of layer stacks and produce reports of layer stack properties. Designer also allows you to test bending of your PCB virtually and includes 3D movie testing so you can see the bending in action.

Besides designing PCBs, Altium Designer also has features to simplify project management. The program uses a unified data model so all phases of the design process easily integrate. This makes it easy for you to manage, update, and reuse design files easily and reliably. To make things even more convenient you can connect projects directly to a supply chain management system.

If you are looking for a program to help manage the development of a PCB design from start to finish, Altium Designer is a great option. Its PCB design capabilities and product management features make it a very powerful tool.

Primary File Type

.PCB  –   Printed Circuit Board Design File

Supported File Types

ExtensionFile Type
.PCBPrinted Circuit Board Design File
.BRDEAGLE Circuit Board File
.CKTCircuitMaker File
.CSVComma-Separated Values File
.DDBDigidesign Database
.DSNOrCAD Design File
.DWGAutoCAD Drawing Database File
.LIBGeneric Data Library
.OLBOrCAD Symbol Library File
.PDFPortable Document Format File
.SCHgEDA Schematic File
.TXTPlain Text File

Additional Related File Types

ExtensionFile Type
.BRDCadence Allegro PCB Design File
.BRDKiCad PCB Design File
.DXFDrawing Exchange Format File
.LIAP-CAD ASCII Library file
.RTENavigation Route
.SCHEAGLE Schematics File
.SCHKiCad Schematic File
.SCHStrater Scheme File
Updated 3/16/2018