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In the world of PCB CAD, the humble component is the unsung hero. Controlling stackup impedances, routing high speed signals, achieving high density, and managing thermal performance of a PCB gets all the sex and glamor while the component design is taken for granted. Not only does it ensure that the part can actually be connected but it is also critical for solder paste application, component gluing, and preventing shorts and cold solder joints in assembly. This all plays into the PCB yield as ...
  Altium’s CircuitStudio opens into what looks like a moderns CAD system, complete with a design tree. Into each project sits a collection of details about it. Click the home tab to navigate the less ‘designy’ aspects of the software. What I like most is simplistic preview of all the design files in the home screen. It boarders on tablet/smartphone level simplistic.   A familiar set of PCB layout tools populate the top band of the window. If familiar with any other ...