Cloud-based platform connects PCB design to manufacture
Due to be released this December, Altium 365 seamlessly integrates with Altium Designer 19 and leverages the power of cloud to connect designers, component distributors, and manufacturing stakeholders and makes it easy and convenient to share information and design collaboratively.
With the vision of one day providing designers with real-time feedback on the manufacturability of their designs directly from manufacturing equipment, the platform allows designers to share working schematics and 3D board designs with manufacturers who can comment and markup designs in real time using only a web browser. This accelerates the process of going from design concept to manufactured board.
Altium 365 makes it easy to keep product design and manufacturing in sync. Designers simply share any design with a manufacturing partner, and that partner can interact with the design from any device, on any operating system, and guide the designer towards choices that will assure that the board is manufacturable.
Component pricing and availability is another common issue that slows product development. Powered by Octopart, Altium 365 also provides a live connection between the manufacturing bill of materials (BOM) and component data, to help guide designers toward using parts that meet cost, availability, and lead-time constraints.
“This is an important – but only first – step towards delivering on our vision for helping to transform the electronics industry,” said Altium’s Chief Operating Officer Ted Pawela. “Altium 365 will ultimately provide direct, real-time connectivity between design, supply chain, and the people and equipment on the manufacturing floor to achieve this.”
The new platform offers software-based services, accessed seamlessly through Altium Designer or from any web browser. Those include design to manufacturing collaboration, live component supply chain information, library management, and ECAD/MCAD co-design. Altium 365 also provides Altium customers a simplified means to manage their Altium product licenses, subscriptions, and users.
Along with Altium 365, Altium has also announced the upcoming release of its widely used PCB design software, Altium Designer. Altium Designer 19 builds upon the significant performance and reliability improvements of its predecessor, Altium Designer 18, with further performance and reliability enhancements including a new 3D design engine, basic MCAD capabilities, and more.
Altium Designer 19 also brings important new capabilities for users, including high-speed design features, improved routing, and microvia support. The tool will be connected with the Altium 365 cloud-based platform for a seamless design to manufacturing floor experience.
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