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Altium CircuitStudio

3 Posts authored by: Dave Young
The decision of which PCB CAD program to buy is huge anytime a professional design is undertaken. With every hour of CAD design spent in the tool, and with each board released to production, it gets harder to change programs. While most small companies don’t have a need for all of the features provided in high-end tools like Altium Designer, the natural state of most entrepreneurs is first and foremost ‘optimistic.’ Surely their company will one day need the most advanced tools ...
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 recently released their latest PCB CAD tool: Circuit Studio. Known for ‘Altium Designer,’ the company is among the premium PCB CAD tool creators. Their Circuit Studio (CS) offering was created to make getting a PCB to the board house fast and easy while still being a professional tool. At $2,990 plus $495/yr subscription, which includes the first year subscription (subsequent years $495/yr), the price point is much friendlier than their more expensive ‘Designer’ so ...