Altium Designer

Altium Designer

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Altium Designer


What is Altium Designer?

Altium Designer is PCB design software for a variety of industries.
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On Premise
per month per seat

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On Premise
one-time fee per seat

Entry-level set up fee?

  • No setup fee
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  • Free Trial
  • Free/Freemium Version
  • Premium Consulting / Integration Services

Starting price (does not include set up fee)

  • $358 per month per seat
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Product Details

What is Altium Designer?

Altium Designer is an end-to-end PCB design software for engineers and designers. Altium Designer aims to enable a truly unified design environment, uniting teams worldwide with every aspect of the PCB design process.

Altium Designer Features

  • Supported: Schematic Capture - Capture design intent with wiring tools, design verification, transparent netlist creation, and variation management.
  • Supported: Interactive Routing - Push, Slide, Hug, Walkaround. Any angle, tune for delay.
  • Supported: Unified Library Management - Make part choices at design time with an intelligent platform that brings together schematic symbols and PCB footprints, lifecycle status, and supply chain planning.
  • Supported: Board Layout - Explore an optimal layout with board planning technology. Native 3D support, layer stack management, and high-end controls including etch factor and surface roughness models.
  • Supported: Interactive Routing - Its engine lets the user push, slide, hug, walkaround, and tune for delay at any angle.
  • Supported: Rigid-Flex & Multi-Board - Verify connectivity and design flexible circuitry for multi-board setups with product-level wiring, mating, and Native 3D. A definition of flex zones and bending lines to verify fit for Rigid-Flex designs.
  • Supported: MCAD Collaboration - Collaborate with mechanical designers with bi-directional data transfer between Altium Designer and an MCAD tool. Supports MCAD suites including Solidworks, Inventor, and Creo.
  • Supported: Data Management - Connects team and design data in one centralized location for access. A scalable platform to support growth, it includes design workspaces, project lifecycle and release management, and team collaboration.
  • Supported: Native 3D - Interact and collaborate with mechanical designers in a photo-realistic, 3D design environment.

Altium Designer Screenshots

Screenshot of 3D Collision - Altium Designer's 3D PCB editor offers the ability to perform 3D collision testing as well as catching general component-to-component collisions. The user can position one component under another, or test if the loaded board fits correctly into the enclosure.Screenshot of ActiveBOM - A Bill of Materials management editor that brings BOM management tools together with Altium Designer's part information aggregation technologies, helping to manage the component selection challenge.Screenshot of PCB Layout - Altium Designer presents a unified data model to make circuit board design and layout easier. The user can design schematics, use schematic capture to create a new PCB, route printed circuit traces, and prepare for PCB assembly in the program. The PCB layout design features also make component placement and routing easier.Screenshot of Schematic with Properties Panel - The Interactive Properties panel for schematics includes several functional improvements as well as productivity enhancements. The layout focuses on efficiency, icons and graphical previews have been improved over previous versions, and there is now a smart parameters filter both for schematic lists and components.Screenshot of Routing Differential Pairs - Differential pair PCB routing is a design technique employed to create a balanced transmission system able to carry differential (equal and opposite) signals across a printed circuit board. Typically this differential routing will interface to an external differential transmission system, such as a connector and cable. Altium Designer ensures that differential pairs are coupled together whether entering or leaving a pad or just navigating around obstacles on a board.

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Altium Designer Integrations

  • PDN Analyzer

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Altium Designer Technical Details

Deployment TypesOn-premise
Operating SystemsWindows
Mobile ApplicationNo

Frequently Asked Questions

Altium Designer is PCB design software for a variety of industries.

Altium Designer starts at $358.

Autodesk Fusion 360, OrCAD, and Siemens PADS are common alternatives for Altium Designer.
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Reviews and Ratings



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Jose Perri | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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ALTIUM DESIGNER is the most appropriate tool for the design of electronic equipment, it covers all parts of the process, that is, from conceptual creation to mass production. We can use ALTIUM DESIGNER for the creation of electronic schematics and from there generate the PCB of components, finally, it allows us to generate a list of materials "BOM" for the acquisition of the electronic components.
  • Generate the schematic design of the electronic circuit.
  • Make the PCB motherboard based on the schematic design.
  • The development environment can be intimidating for new users due to its complexity.
  • I would prefer a more atomized user interface since some functions can be accessed from different menus generating unnecessary complexities.
In a professional environment of design and manufacture of electronic equipment, without a doubt, ALTIUM DESIGNER turns out to be the best option! However, the high cost of its license makes us consider the option of using lower-cost alternatives. In the case of small companies or independent developers, free options turn out to be more appropriate, although some functions are not implemented and require more work from the designer.
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