Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Announcement: Update 24 for Altium Designer (Platform 27009)

Announcement: Update 24 for Altium Designer (Platform 27009)

This release focuses on bringing new FPGA and Embedded device support, including some PCB improvements, with the key highlights being:

Support for Cortex-M3 Discrete Processors

NXP LPC1000 series, STMicroelectronics STM32 and Texas Instruments Stellaris Cortex-M3 devices are now supported.

Support for SEGGER J-Link

Debugger support for SEGGER J-Link debug probe for ARM processors is now available.

FPGA Device Support

Support for Altera Arria2GX FPGAs is now available.

Software Platform Enhancements

This update now includes HTTP client, HTTP server and JSON services in addition to enhancements in the Tasking toolchains.

Full details of this update can be found in the release notes.

Accessing the Update

To update your Altium Designer installation, first ensure you are using a license with valid Subscription. Proceed to the Plug-in page (DXP >> Plug-ins and Updates) and select “Update All”. If you don’t see the update, use the “Refresh” link in the top right hand corner of the Plugins page. If you have issues with patching make sure you check your antivirus program.

Installation of the updated modules will bring their revision up to 10.1377.27009. The Platform Build number will also update to 10.1377.27009 as the Altium Designer Base module is updated.

Note: If you are using a Private Server license or Standalone license and you have renewed your Subscription since activation, you will be required to reactivate your license to obtain this and future updates.

For those who installed directly from DVD, you can access the updates by changing a setting in preferences: System >> Installation Manager, change the Remote Repository Location to http://installation.altium.com

If you are wanting to install a new build containing this update, the Installer and Uninstaller can be downloaded from the Software page in AltiumLive - download the latest Installer/Uninstaller.

 

Friday, December 7, 2012

Design Secret 53 - Using 3D Mechanical Models for Precise Component Creation

I'm happy to let you all know a new Design Secret video just went out. In this video, we show how if you have an accurate 3D model (preferably a STEP file from the component manufacturer) you can use snap points on features of the 3D body to make the placement and alignment of pads, mounting holes, and other features of the footprint... a snap!

Please watch and enjoy this new Design Secret video here.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Announcement: New Micron & Linear Technology Board-Level Libraries

The Altium Content Team has released new updates to the Vault and Content Store for November.

We're happy to announce the addition of Micron and Linear Technology as supported manufacturers in the Altium content space with new 10 new libraries being released - over 5600 components.

For Micron we have released SCH/PCB components for Memory DRAM and NOR Flash devices - 1641 components in all. Check out the Micron content here: Micron Memory DRAM/NOR Flash

In Linear Technology, we have kicked off our support with 3990 Operational Amplifier components - covering the whole Op Amp product category from Linear. Linear Technology Op Amps

Friday, November 23, 2012

Announcement: Update 23 for Altium Designer (23 Nov 2012, platform 26514)

Announcement: Update 23 for Altium Designer (23 Nov 2012, platform 26514)

 

Hi everyone,

I'm pleased to announce the 23rd update for Altium Designer.

This release brings additional enhancements to Altium Designer, and includes a new command in the PCB editor and PCB library editor to deselect objects by touching rectangle or touching line, as well as Polygon pour order management and PCB Rules dialog improvements. More updates to the FPGA device and vendor tools support and the Importers. For further details, refer to my blog and to the release notes in Wiki.

To update your Altium Designer installation, ensure you are using a license with valid Subscription, then go to the Plug-in page (DXP >> Plug-ins and Updates) and select “Update All”.

 

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Updated PADS netlister script

Although the true power of Altium Designer comes from utilizing the entire unified flow, there are a handful of customers who, for various reasons, use just the schematic editor as a point tool. There are a number of netlisters available from the Design menu in schematic, including one for PADS. While the format of the resulting outputs is technically correct, it’s a bit out of date and there is usually some manual editing that needs to be done for PADS to recognize the files. A customer of mine wanted a more elegant solution to make it easier for his engineers to work in Altium while the layout team makes a slower transition from PADS over to Altium.

I found a netlisting script as part of the legacy “Scripts” folders that used to get installed in the “Examples” folder. Those scripts, incidentally, are now available on AltiumLive here. The original netlisting script is for Protel (in Scripts\Delphiscript Scripts\WSM\Protel Netlister). I made some formatting changes to it and now have a script that outputs a correctly-formatted, single PADS netlist in the current format (V9).

There are two ways to run the script that need some explaining. The current PADS netlister in Altium uses only the footprint to populate *Part* section:

*PART*
U1 FG456
U2 SOT95P280-5
U3 TSOP80P1176-44

However, PADS does not need the name of the footprint (decal) first, it needs the name of the Part with the footprint name following an @ sign:

*PART*
U1 XC3S1000-4FG456C@FG456
U2 SN74LVC1G04DBV@SOT95P280-5
U3 SRAM-256Kx16@TSOP80P1176-44

This script populates the Part field by pulling either Altium’s “Comment” field or the “Design Item ID” field. This gives the user a choice of what to use as the equivalent Part in PADS. In addition, the Comment field can be populated using "indirection," which will use one of the user-defined parameters instead. This allows the user to have a separate parameter (e.g, "PadsPartType") dedicated to the PADS Part name. (**Keep in mind that spaces are not allowed in the parameter name when indirection is used.) When the script is run, the user can choose which method to use to populate the Part field.

Another change with this script is that unlike the current netlister which creates two files (one for the parts section of the netlist and another for the nets), this will create one file with the proper .asc extension for immediate import to PADS. Because Altium does not recognize .asc as a netlist file, however, it will be placed in the “Text Documents” section of the Project panel, rather than “Netlist Files.” The file itself gets placed in the default Output Path folder.

The file header is set for PADS V9 (“!PADS-POWERPCB-V9.0-MILS! NETLIST FILE FROM ALTIUM DESIGNER). If the user requires an older format, a simple text replace in the script file (“ScripterPadsNetlist.pas”) will do the trick. Feel free to make any other edits you require.

Hope this helps some of you!

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Design Secret - number 52 - How to make custom copper Thieving Patterns

Design Secret - number 52 - in which Senior Applications Engineer Colby Siemer shows us how to make custom copper Thieving Patterns.

Of course, you can make thieving patterns in the CAM editor - this has been possible for a while. But using Stitching Vias to do it instead creates a whole lot of new possibilities:

  • Addition of just about any shape thieves
  • Rotation of the thieves
  • One-Time generation of outputs (rather than re-export from the CAM editor after they were added).

Click the link below to watch the video and let Colby show you how to do it. You may even learn other Global Editing Techniques along the way ;-)

Click here to watch.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Announcement: Texas Instruments Power & Audio Content Update

The team has released 2791 new board-level components further expanding our TI Power Management coverage with the addition of 14 new collections and updates to Standard Voltage and Step-Down Regulator.

Texas Instruments Power Management Current Limited Switch

Texas Instruments Power Management Digital Power Control

Texas Instruments Power Management Hot Swap

Texas Instruments Power Management Non Current Limited Load Switch

Texas Instruments Power Management PCMCIA and USB

Texas Instruments Power Management Power Multiplexer (MUX)

Texas Instruments Power Management Power Factor Correction

Texas Instruments Power Management Power Supply Support

Texas Instruments Power Management Special Function

Texas Instruments Power Management Supervisor and Reset IC

Texas Instruments Power Management Step-Up Regulator

Texas Instruments Power Management DC-DC Controller (Ext. Switch)

Texas Instruments Power Management Buck Boost Regulator

Texas Instruments Power Management Inverting Regulator

Also included in this release is the addition of 199 components in Audio CODECs.

Texas Instruments Audio CODEC

These components can be found in the Unified Components section of the Content Store. You can also use these components directly from within Altium Designer via the Vault Explorer - where you will also find supplier links and pricing information. For integrated libraries, look for the ‘Download Library’ button on the Content Store pages.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

ALTIUM ANNOUNCES CEO DEPARTURE AND APPOINTMENT OF CEO

---------- The Official Release Follows ----------


ALTIUM ANNOUNCES CEO DEPARTURE AND APPOINTMENT OF CEO

Sydney, Australia - 15 October 2012 - Electronics design software company Altium Limited (ASX:ALU) advises that Chief Executive Officer and Founder Mr Nick Martin has stepped down from his positions with the company with immediate effect and is replaced by Executive Vice Chairman, Mr Kayvan Oboudiyat, as CEO.

The Board of Altium wishes to sincerely thank Mr Martin for his tireless dedication to the company for over 25 years and wishes him well for the future as he pursues his personal endeavours.

While Altium has made considerable progress over the past twelve months, having relocated its global headquarters to China, and returning to profitability, it is the Board’s decision that it is in the best interests of Altium to adopt a different style of leadership with focus on returning value to shareholders.

Chairman of Altium, Mr Sam Weiss said, “Nick Martin has been a significant contributor to Altium over many years. Notwithstanding, it is the view of the Board that while Altium’s assets and technological innovation have always been strong, the company has under-performed against the opportunity”.

Altium has positioned itself on a path to transform itself from a traditional software company to a “software as a service company” that embraces the web. This has been achieved through the active pursuit of content driven subscription strategy and the acquisition of the required web-related technologies and their subsequent development direction.

These achievements along with Altium’s relocation to China provide an opportunity for Altium to be a key player in the emerging Electronic Design Tools market that is built around web-enabled devices. The Board has recognised that for this opportunity to be fully realised, Altium must commit to the achievement of profitability that is sustainable over the long-term.

Mr Weiss acknowledged that “this will require Altium to exercise fiscal discipline while actively pursuing technological innovation that will achieve commercial success”.

Mr Weiss further stated that “as a Board, we are pleased to be able to appoint Mr Kayvan Oboudiyat as our CEO and achieve a successful and seamless change to leadership. As Executive Vice Chairman, with over 15 years experience with Altium, Kayvan understands the company well”. Altium also intends to undertake a search to identify a suitable external candidate to join the leadership team, and will advise further at the time of any such appointment."

Monday, October 22, 2012

Announcement: Update 22 for Altium Designer

The Altium Development team is pleased to announce the 22nd update for Altium Designer.

This release focuses on additional enhancements to Altium Designer, with the key highlights being:

Delete selected objects:

We have included a new feature in PCB Editor for deleting of selected objects (through the shortcut keys Ctrl+Delete), which then selects adjacent routed objects for further unrouting. When single end-of-route object is selected, Backspace shortcut now deletes selection and auto-selects connected singular route object. Each of these shortcuts can be used in a successive manner to incrementally unwind routed paths.

Read more in the Wiki.

New module for output of IDF:

This release has the addition of a new plugin “Output - IDF” found in the Output Generators category. This new plugin provides IDF export capability in the OutJob “Export Outputs” section.
Read more in the Wiki.

Updated FPGA Device and Vendor Tools Support:

Xilinx ISE v14.2 and Lattice Diamond 2.0 are now supported. Ultra and micro fineline ball grid array (UBGA & MBGA) devices have been added to the Altera Cyclone4E Nexus driver.

There are an additional 25 new enhancements included in this release, with many a result of requests made through BugCrunch forum posts and support cases. Full details of this update can be found in the release notes.

Accessing the Update

To update your Altium Designer installation, first ensure you are using a license with valid subscription. Proceed to the Plug-in page (DXP >> Plug-ins and Updates) and select “Update All”. If you don’t see the update, use the “Refresh” link in the top right hand corner of the Plugins page.

This release includes changes to our Run Time Libraries, which requires the majority of modules to be updated. For those users who experience a lengthy update process due to anti-virus programs, using the full download option becomes a much faster process. For more info, see Wiki.

Installation of the updated modules will bring their revision up to 10.1271.26245. The Platform Build number will also update to 10.1271.26245 as the Altium Designer Base module is updated.

Note: If you are using a Private Server license or Standalone license and you have renewed your subscription since activation, you will be required to reactivate your license to obtain this and future updates.

For those who installed directly from DVD, you can access the updates by changing a setting in preferences: System >> Installation Manager, change the Remote Repository Location to http://installation.altium.com

If you are wanting to install a new build containing this update, the Installer and Uninstaller can be downloaded from the Software page in AltiumLive - download the latest Installer/Uninstaller.

Friday, September 28, 2012

Announcement: Texas Instruments Power & Interface Content Update

The Altium Content Team is pleased to announce new updates to the Altium Vault and Content Store. This release includes new families in Texas Instruments Power Management and Interface.

The team has released 1790 new board-level components expanding on the TI Power Management collection with the addition of Battery Management, Standard Voltage Regulators, Step-Down Regulators & LDO Controllers.

• Texas Instruments Power Management Battery Management

• Texas Instruments Power Management Standard Voltage Regulator

• Texas Instruments Power Management Step-Down Regulator

• Texas Instruments Power Management LDO Controller

TI Interface also gets new additions as part of this release with 735 new devices across the following families:

• Texas Instruments Interface Display

• Texas Instruments Interface Optical Module IC

• Texas Instruments Interface Isolator

• Texas Instruments Interface Serializer Deserializer

• Texas Instruments Interface LVDS M-LVDS ECL CML

• Texas Instruments Interface ESD EMI Protection

These components can be found in the Unified Components section of the Content Store. You can also use these components directly from within Altium Designer via the Vault Explorer - where you will also find supplier links and pricing information. For integrated libraries, look for the ‘Download Library’ button on the Content Store pages.

 

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Press Release: Molex Track-it Traceability Pad for Product Identification in Fully-Automated, High-Volume PCB Assembly Lines

Molex Track-it Traceability Pad for Product Identification in Fully-Automated, High-Volume PCB Assembly Lines

Cost-effective alternative to the current manual label and barcode systems, track-it™ requires minimal investment and can be easily read by most commercially available optical scanners

 

LISLE, IL – September 25, 2012 Molex Incorporated presents the track-it™ traceability pad – a printed circuit board (PCB) miniature identifier that provides unambiguous product traceability within the production process of work-in-progress in any high-volume electronic PCB assembly operation.  The track-it system is ideal in any SMT PCB assembly where space is limited and traceability is required, including high temperature ceramic PCB assemblies.  Well suited for use in the medical industry, where stringent traceability requirements apply, other typical applications range from high-value consumer electronics, such as digital cameras, notebook PCs, MP3 players, mobile phones and portable gaming devices, to in-car entertainment and navigation systems.

 

“The track-it traceability pad is a very cost-effective alternative to the current manual label and barcode systems generally used in high-volume electronic PCB assembly to track work in progress,” says Michael Power, product group manager, Molex.  “These devices require minimal investment from the customer since no laser investment is needed as the code is already written.  Additionally, the pads use minimal PCB real-estate for use in the smallest of applications.  This is especially interesting in today’s environment of continuous miniaturization and ever increasing complexity and board density.”

 

Measuring only 1.80mm (0.071") x 2.80mm (0.110"), the track-it device is a miniature metal pad, laser-etched with a unique 2D Data Matrix symbol that can be easily read by most commercially available optical scanners.  These devices are available packaged on tape and reel for automated pick-and-place assembly on standard chip shooters in high-speed SMT lines.  For customers running multiple lines, with different manufacturing locations and/or using multiple contract manufacturers, track-it provides the added peace of mind that no number can ever be repeated thus ensuring 100 percent traceability of the board content and manufacturing line or location.

 

During the assembly process, the Molex track-it pad is placed alongside other components onto the application PCB and solder reflowed.  Each PCB thereby gains a unique identification, allowing the traceability data of all other components contained on the populated PCB to be logged against a unique traceability code number.  The PCB identifier can then be incorporated into the identification of the final assembled device.

 

“As the track-it pad is metal and temperature resistant it can be placed on the board prior to reflow thus avoiding the additional high costs associated with Teflon labels,” adds Power.  “The track-it system is available for both standard reflow and high temperature reflow associated with ceramic boards.”

 

For more information, please visit www.molex.com/link/trackit.htmlTo receive information on other Molex products and industry solutions, please sign up for our

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Design Secret 51

Design Secret 51 to the Content Store in Altium Live. In this video, Dirk Glaser (Applications Engineer from Germany) shows us how to use Special Strings to standardize component assembly information.

Here's the link: http://altiumvideos.live.altium.com/#Detail/1218/True

Watch and enjoy!

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Announcement: Analog Devices & Texas Instruments Content Update

The Altium Content Team is pleased to announce new updates to the Altium Vault and Content Store, including new components for Analog Devices DACs and Texas Instruments Power.

The team has released 1227 new board-level components to launch the TI Power Management collection with PWM Controllers being the first family out the door.

Texas Instruments Power Management PWM Controller

Also this week we have released Analog Devices’ Digital-to-Analog Converters. 2231 DACs join the A/D Converters released in late June. All ADI’s Precision & General purpose data converters are now available for your in-design needs.

Analog Devices Digital-to-Analog Converters

A total of 3458 components have been released this week across these 2 families. These components can be found in the Unified Components section of the Content Store. You can also use these components directly from within Altium Designer via the Vault Explorer - where you will also find supplier links and pricing information. For integrated libraries, look for the ‘Download Library’ button on the Content Store pages.

 

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Analog Devices & Texas Instruments Content Update

The Altium Content Team is pleased to announce new updates to the Altium Vault and Content Store, including new components for Analog Devices DACs and Texas Instruments Power.

The team has released 1227 new board-level components to launch the TI Power Management collection with PWM Controllers being the first family out the door.

Texas Instruments Power Management PWM Controller

Also this week we have released Analog Devices’ Digital-to-Analog Converters. 2231 DACs join the A/D Converters released in late June. All ADI’s Precision & General purpose data converters are now available for your in-design needs.

Analog Devices Digital-to-Analog Converters

A total of 3458 components have been released this week across these 2 families. These components can be found in the Unified Components section of the Content Store. You can also use these components directly from within Altium Designer via the Vault Explorer - where you will also find supplier links and pricing information. For integrated libraries, look for the ‘Download Library’ button on the Content Store pages.

Friday, August 31, 2012

Design Secret 50 - now available for your viewing!

In this Design Secret, once again Senior Applications Engineer Michael Hiel from our German office, delivers a reminder of the powerful customizable filtering engine within Altium Designer. Central to the filtering engine user interface is the Filter Panel, which allows you not only to build and run complex queries for object selection and rules development, but also can be completely customized through user scripts loaded into the workspace.

In this video, Michael shows us just how easy it is - much easier than you might think.

Enjoy - http://altiumvideos.live.altium.com/#Detail/1217/True

 

Monday, August 13, 2012

Search Part Numbers in the Content Store!

Altium announces an update to AltiumLive affecting the Unified Components Content Store. You can now view and search for part numbers across the entire component catalogue.

Search within Unified Components has been improved to include partial and full part number support as well as the ability to search across part descriptions.

Currently, search results display the corresponding Item/Family containing the match.

While only a small improvement, we hope you will enjoy the added functionality as we continue to develop this space

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Announcement: Texas Instruments, Altera & STMicroelectronics Content Update

The Altium Content Team is pleased to announce new updates to the Altium Vault and Content Store, including new components for TI as well as updates to Altera and STMicro.

The team has released another 655 new board-level components to our TI Interface collection with the addition of the following new families:

Texas Instruments Interface I2C

Texas Instruments Interface CAN

Texas Instruments Interface RS-485

Also in this week’s release, we have updated the Cyclone IV E library from Altera. 82 new parts and updates to the existing 141 components including schematic and package revisions as well as datasheet and URL updates.

Altera Cylcone IV E

More Altera updates coming in the weeks ahead including Cylcone IV GX.

Lastly, a correction to one of the STMicroelectronics footprints in the Sensors & MEMS family. The LGA16-3x3x1 now has the correct 5x3 pad arrangement that replaces the incorrect 4x4. 16 components that map to this LGA16 have been revised.

STMicroelectronics Sensors & MEMS

A total of 737 new and 157 updated components have been released this week across these three manufacturers. These components can be found in the Unified Components section of the Content Store. You can also use these components directly from within Altium Designer via the Vault Explorer - where you will also find supplier links and pricing information. For integrated libraries, look for the ‘Download Library’ button on the Content Store pages.

 

Monday, July 30, 2012

Altium Designer » Announcement: Update 21 for Altium Designer

The Altium Development team are pleased to announce the 21st update for Altium Designer.

This release focuses on additional enhancements to Altium Designer, with the key highlights being:

Improvements to Re-Annotate:

Re-annotate has been improved and now includes options for what to re-annotate (top & bottom, top only, bottom only, selected), and optionally allows for the protection of components with locked designators. Another new option is a user-definable location tolerance (Comparison Threshold), which allows components that are slightly out of line to still be annotated in a logical manner. Re-annotate now also uses the component bounding rectangle (without designator), where it previously used the bounding rectangle that included the designator, which could result in undesirable annotation results. Read more in the Wiki.

Auto-Zoom in Cross Select Mode:

Auto-zooming in Cross Select Mode has been enabled, with three options available: No Zoom, Zoom to Last Selected, and Zoom to All. Read more in the Wiki.

Updated Support for Vendor Tools:

Xilinx ISE v14.1 and Altera QuartusII v11.1 and v12.0 are now supported.

There are an additional 25 new enhancements included in this release, with half being a result of requests made through BugCrunch alone, and many of the remaining being a result of forum posts and support cases. So please keep the reports coming!

Full details of this update can be found in the release notes.

Accessing the Update

To update your Altium Designer installation, first ensure you are using a license with valid subscription. Proceed to the Plug-in page (DXP >> Plug-ins and Updates) and select "Update All". If you don't see the update, use the "Refresh" link in the top right hand corner of the Plugins page.

This release includes changes to our Run Time Libraries, which requires the majority of modules to be updated. For those users who experience a lengthy update process due to anti-virus programs, using the full download option becomes a much faster process. For more info, see Wiki.

Installation of the updated modules will bring their revision up to 10.1181.24817. The Platform Build number will also update to 10.1181.24817 as the Altium Designer Base module is updated.

Note: If you are using a Private Server license or Standalone license and you have renewed your subscription since activation, you will be required to reactivate your license to obtain this and future updates.

For those who installed directly from DVD, you can access the updates by changing a setting in preferences: System >> Installation Manager, change the Remote Repository Location to http://installation.altium.com

If you are wanting to install a new build containing this update, the Installer and Uninstaller can be downloaded from the Software page in AltiumLive - download the latest Installer/Uninstaller.

 

Monday, June 25, 2012

The Content Team is pleased to announce a new release in the Altium Vault and Content Store. Analog Devices has now been updated with the first of their Data Converter families - Analog-to-Digital Converters:

  1. Analog Devices Data Converters Analog-to-Digital Converters

These components can be found in the Unified Components section of the Content Store. You can also use these components directly from within Altium Designer via the Vault Explorer - where you will also find supplier links and pricing information. For integrated libraries, look for the ‘Download Library’ button on the Content Store pages.

A total of 2400 new components have been released this week - making up a huge collection of single 1.8V, multi-channel, high-speed (>/= 20MSPS), high resolution (>/= 16 Bits) and simultaneous sampling analog-to-digital converters. For further details on ADI’s A/D converters you can find more at their website here.

Stay tuned for more ADI component content coming soon, with a large collection of general purpose DACs up next!

 

Analog Devices Data Converters Analog-to-Digital Converters

The Altium Content Team is pleased to announce the release of an update to the Altium Vault and Content Store. Analog Devices has been updated with 2400 new Analog-to-Digital Converters. See the blog announcement here.


To jump straight to the ADI ADC content in the store click here.

Connect to the Altium Vault directly from Altium Designer, or browse the Content Store to preview vault-based components and download integrated libraries.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Announcement: Update 20 for Altium Designer

The Altium Development team are pleased to announce the 20th update for Altium Designer.

This release focuses on additional enhancements to Altium Designer, with some of the notable inclusions being:

New PCB connection drawing options:

New options have been implemented in the “View Configurations” dialog for "Show All Connections In Single Layer Mode" and "Use Layer Colors For Connection Drawing". Read Wiki information.

Support for Lattice Diamond:

Lattice Diamond software is now supported in Altium Designer for designs targeting Lattice FPGAs. In addition, Lattice iostandard constraints have been improved and are correctly mapped.

Further improvements to 3D Mechanical CAD interfaces in PCB:

Improvements include a change in the STEP file output to use the "Component Suffix" option for the Board Part, and a warning has been added to the PCB IDF Export utility for when it detects an empty component comment.

Support for alternate PDF readers:

Altium Designer will now utilize the default PDF reader for the system, regardless of whether Adobe Reader is installed.

With over 20 new enhancements included in this release, the majority are a result of requests made through BugCrunch and the Forums, as well as through support cases. Please keep the reports coming!

Full details of this update can be found in the release notes.

Accessing the Update

To update your Altium Designer installation, first ensure you are using a license with valid subscription. Proceed to the Plug-in page (DXP >> Plug-ins and Updates) and select “Update All”. If you don’t see the update, use the “Refresh” link in the top right hand corner of the Plugins page.

This release includes changes to our Run Time Libraries, which requires the majority of modules to be updated. For those users who experience a lengthy update process due to anti-virus programs, using the full download option becomes a much faster process. For more info, see Wiki.

Installation of the updated modules will bring their revision up to 10.1133.24352. The Platform Build number will also update to 10.1133.24352 as the Altium Designer Base module is updated.

Note: If you are using a Private Server license or Standalone license and you have renewed your subscription since activation, you will be required to reactivate your license to obtain this and future updates.

For those who installed directly from DVD, you can access the updates by changing a setting in preferences: System >> Installation Manager, change the Remote Repository Location to http://installation.altium.com

If you are wanting to install a new build containing this update, the Installer and Uninstaller can be downloaded from the Software page in AltiumLive - download the latest Installer/Uninstaller.

 

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Design Secret 47 Released! - Using Custom BoM Filters

Hi Everybody,

I'm very happy to inform you all that we have yet another Design Secret video released. This time, one of our great AE's from the USA office - Injy Gadalla - walks us through a little gem of a feature in the BoM report generator that I would bet most of you don't know about.

In this video, Injy shows us how to use the custom filter option at the report column headings to filter fiducials out of the BoM for purchasing, while leaving them in for assembly. There are many possible uses for this filtering capability.

Watch and enjoy: http://altiumvideos.live.altium.com/#Detail/1215/True

Stay tuned for more Design Secrets videos!

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Announcement: Texas Instruments Content Update

The Altium Content Team is pleased to announce a new update to the Altium Vault and Content Store. We have added more board-level components to our TI Interface collection with the release of 27 new components in Interface 1394 and the following new families:

  1. Texas Instruments Interface Digital Audio Interface
  2. Texas Instruments Interface Equalizer and Redriver
  3. Texas Instruments Interface RS-422
  4. Texas Instruments Interface USB

These components can be found in the Unified Components section of the Content Store. You can also use these components directly from within Altium Designer via the Vault Explorer - where you will also find supplier links and pricing information. For integrated libraries, look for the ‘Download Library’ button on the Content Store pages.

A total of 787 new components have been released this week across these five Interface families. For details on TI’s Interface device offering you can find more information at their website.

Still more TI components just around the corner so stay tuned.

http://blog.live.altium.com/#Blogs/texas-instruments-content-update-14-06-12

BackUse Rooms to control Component Orientations for Manufacturability

There are many situations where the manufacturing process calls for strict component orientation rules. One such example is when utilizing wave soldering techniques.

In this Design Secret Video, Application Engineer Michael Heil from our European support team shows us a really cool trick where we can use rooms to very specifically control the orientation of components within a region of the board that is to be wave soldered. This method can also be used for component placement and orientation control for other mechanical situations, so it's definitely a good one for the kit bag!

 

http://designsecrets.live.altium.com/#Detail/1214/True