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リリース: 2016年11月16日 - バージョン: 17.0.6 (build 354)
リリース: 2016年12月5日 - バージョン: 17.0.7 (build 424)
リリース: 2016年12月28日 - バージョン: 17.0.8 (build 518)
リリース: 2017年1月18日 - バージョン: 17.0.9
(build 563)

この新しい Altium Designer では、新しい機能や、ソフトウェアの主要なテクノロジーの改善点があります。また、AltiumLive コミュニティの BugCrunch システムで、お客様が報告した問題点の改善にも取り組んでいます。新しい機能を追加、既存の機能を改善し、最先端のエレクトロニクス テクノロジーを利用できます。

 

Note

Altium Designer 17 は、以前のバージョンから更新することはできません。Altium Designer 17 のインストーラーからインストールする必要があります。現在のバージョンを使用し続けるか、または最新機能を利用するために Altium Designer 17.0 をインストールするか選択できます。あるいは、両方ともインストールして、必要に応じて、目的のバージョンを使用できます。

 


ActiveRoute

理想的な PCB 配線機能は、同時に複数のネットへオートルーターを適用して、熟練した設計者がコントロールできることです。オートルーターの結果は、求めた配線とならず、結局、手動で配線する場合がよくあります。これを解決するために、ActiveRoute 機能(インタラクティブ配線の新しい機能)を追加しました。

ActiveRoute は、高速、複数ネット、複数層の配線が可能な、自動化されたインタラクティブ配線テクノロジーです。複数ネット(ワークスペースで直接、コネクションを選択して - このバージョンで追加された機能)をインタラクティブに配線したり、配線経路、またはガイドも定義できます。

配線後の Glossing Tool

Altium Designer 17.0 では、配線後の glossing tool 機能を追加しました。この機能は、選択したトラックへ適用し、その配線全体の質を改善できます。この機能は、まだ不十分な点(例えば、アークを含めたり、pad entryのデザインルールを遵守できません)がありますが、今後のバージョンで改善する予定です。

Controlled Depth Drilling (Back Drilling)

高速信号が PCB の層間を通る時、歪む場合があります。信号層に長いスタブがあると、歪が発生しそれが重要になります。Altium Designer 17.0 では、back drilling と呼ばれる Controlled Depth Drilling (CDD) 機能を追加しました。これは、スルーホールの未使用箇所、スタブを削除するために使用する技術です。一般的に、ビアや、press-fit backplane コネクタに使用され、コストを削減して高速信号経路の信号の質を管理できます。

新しい Project Releaser

Altium Designer 17.0 では、新しい Project Releaser の機能により、PCB デザインプロジェクトをリリースする方法を合理化しました。製造用データ、実装用データ、デザインソース等に関して、プロジェクトの個々のコンフィギュレーションを切り換え、リリースしないで、同時に、プロジェクトの全ての製造データを生成できます。また、このreleaser は、複数のバリアントに関する実装データを同時に生成できます(全ての data item が、1 つのリリースプロセスで生成されます)。出力ジョブファイルを作成したかどうか、心配する必要はありません。

Project Releaser には、以下の 2 つのモードがあり、全てのタイプ(管理されていない/バージョンコントロール下でない、外部の VCS コントロール下、Altium Vault を介して管理された)の PCB プロジェクトで利用できます:

  • オンラインモード - 生成したデータをターゲット Altium Vault 内の Item へリリースします。
  • オフラインモード - 生成したデータを 1 つの Zip ファイルに圧縮し、フォルダへリリースします。

新しい Project Releaser では、整合性のある製造データを容易に生成できます。また、リリースする前に、生成する内容を確認できます(例えば、CAM エディタでガーバー/ODB++ データを表示)。生成したデータは、基板を製造するために必要なデータとして利用できます。

デザインルールの改善

Altium Designer 17.0 では、いくつかの PCB デザインルールを改善しました。最小クリアランス マトリクスの簡易化、スプリットプレーン間のクリアランスをチェックする機能、プリミティブと穴間のクリアランスチェック、適切に接続されていないコネクションのチェック(Un-Routed Net ルールに追加)等。これらの改善により、必要に応じて、ボードデザインの制約を効率的に定義できます。

Smart Copper Editing

ポリゴンは、ボードデザインの大部分の要素ですが、その変更機能がしばらく改善されていません。最初に、目的の形状を作成するのが困難な場合があり、頂点の移動による編集も容易に行えませんでした(また、頂点が増える場合がありました)。Altium Designer 17.0 では、配置したポリゴンを、合理化して素早く編集できます(Smart Copper Editing と言います)。

PCB フットプリントのパラメータ

Altium Designer 17 では、PCB のフットプリントにパラメータを反映できます。回路図コンポーネントに定義したユーザパラメータは、Engineering Change Order (ECO) を介して PCB レイアウトのフットプリントへ移行できます。  User Parameters defined for components in the schematic space are now transferred to the corresponding component footprints in the PCB layout via a configurable Engineering Change Order (ECO). Parameters that become available in the PCB space can be used for filter Queries, Design Rules, Scripts and Variants, and レイアウトのフットプリントへ移行されます。PCB でのパラメータは、クエリ、デザイルール、スクリプト、バリアントに使用できます。    and applied in PCB component Libraries for invoking custom strings in placed footprints.

Selection and Display Improvements

Altium Designer 17.0 brings new functionality, as well as numerous enhancements, to selection and display of objects within the Schematic and PCB design domains. This includes a new Lasso Selection feature, that enables you to select (and deselect) objects through a defined free-form lasso, and Smart Drag Selection, where selection functionality changes depending on the direction of a dragged rectangular selection area. Collectively, these enhancements allow you to select the design objects you need in quick time, and with minimal effort.

Dynamic Cross-Probing and Cross-Selecting

Cross-Probing and Cross Selecting are powerful search tools within Altium Designer that help locate objects in other editors by selecting the object(s) in the current editor. Altium Designer 17.0 includes significant enhancements to both tools.

View Configuration Enhancements

In Altium Designer, a view configuration is a snapshot of display settings that you can configure, save and load as required. The View Configurations dialog is used to configure and enable the special and system layers of your design. Altium Designer 17.0 provides additional options and more concise entries of the dialog for 2D color profiles.

Layer Stack Management Enhancements

Altium Designer 17.0 delivers a powerful enhancement to the way in which saved layer stack information is loaded into the current PCB. Rather than a blanket replacement of the current layer stack with the one being loaded, you now have the ability to control how the layers will be added, effectively performing a merge of the two stacks, to arrive at the desired stack setup.

Draftsman Enhancements

With the release of Altium Designer 17, the Draftsman documentation system includes a range of enhancements and additional features that add to its flexibility while improving drawing efficiency. These include new dimension options, additional drawing object properties, support for Back Drilling, improved rendering performance, and more.

New Pick and Place Generator

Altium Designer 17.0 introduces a new Pick and Place Generator that allows you to select pick and place options before generating the output. The generator makes it easier to prepare your pick and place text file without always needing to perform post-process functions. Among other functions, you can filter components by parameters (by layer, type, or footprint), customize columns, and set the type of units and output format.

Simulation Probe Manager

Altium Designer 17 features several Mixed Simulation enhancements, including the newly introduced Probe Manager. Configuring probed waveforms from the Probe Manager allows designers to display plots as desired without the need to manually add or modify waves post simulation, bringing added flexibility and control to mixed simulation. With the Probe Manager, designers can also use probes and active nets to select waveforms to display.

Simulation Profiles

Along with its other enhancements for Mixed Simulation, Altium Designer 17 allows users to easily create and manage multiple Simulation Profiles. Select an active profile to easily add, remove, edit, run, and/or generate netlists. Simulation profiles can also be added to Output Jobs. Use the Profile Manager to organize profiles and easily use probes or active nets to select waveforms to display.

SimData - Copy Chart Functionality

With Altium Designer 17 comes added functionality for Mixed Simulation, including the ability to copy charts. This allows designers to easily share information from probe analyses in the form of a PNG image.

Supplier Enhancements

Having numerous suppliers from which to search is integral to having the optimal parts for your designs. Altium Designer 17.0 includes a vast increase in the number of parts suppliers. You also now can choose the country in which you want to search for your desired parts and your preferred currency. You can use the Altium Parts Options region of the Data Management - Suppliers page of the Preferences dialog to select your options for part suppliers.

Zuken® CR-5000™ Importer

The Import Wizard is a quick and simple way to convert your design files from other vendors to Altium Designer files. The Wizard walks you through the import process, handling both the schematic and PCB parts of the project, as well as managing the relationship between them. Altium Designer 17.0 includes the capability to import Zuken® CR-5000™ files through the Wizard.

Additional Enhancements & Improvements

Altium Designer 17.0 includes a number of additional significant enhancements and improvements, that include (but are not limited to) more concise mouse wheel configuration settings, easier management of export outputs, and streamlined and consolidated menus.


Enhancements to Working with an Altium Vault

Altium Designer 17.0 also includes a range of new features, enhancements, and improvements, in support of working with an Altium Vault.

Many of the new features and enhancements summarized here require the latest release of the Altium Vault - Altium Vault 3.0.

Support for BOM Templates

Altium Designer, in conjunction with Altium Vault (3.0 or later), caters for the ability to create and manage Excel-based BOM Template Items in an Altium Vault. Such Items are created directly within the target vault, with the relevant Excel template file (*xls, *.xlsx, *.xlt, *.xltx) uploaded to a revision of a target item. A managed BOM Template Item can only be used as a configuration data item in one or more defined Environment Configurations.

Ability to Manage Layer Stacks

Altium Designer, in conjunction with Altium Vault (3.0 or later), caters for the ability to create and manage Layerstack Items in an Altium Vault. Such Items can be created directly within the target vault, or through release of the current stack definition, in the PCB Editor's Layer Stack Manager dialog. In addition, a managed Layerstack Item can be used as a configuration data item in one or more defined Environment Configurations.

Support for Project Templates

Altium Designer 17.0, in conjunction with the Altium Vault (3.0 or later), offers the ability to release Altium Designer Projects directly into the Altium Vault as Project Templates, which subject to Vault administrative constraints, then become available for reuse in future Altium Designer projects. Project Templates stored in the Vault are fully version controlled and lifecycle-managed, and can include the common document and file types that make up an Altium Designer Project, including additional reference documentation and configuration files.

Ability to Store Component Datasheets

Altium Designer 17.0, in conjunction with Altium Vault 3.0 brings the ability to store component datasheets within an Altium Vault and, in doing so, link them to target Component Items. This allows you to more fully describe and support a component, in a centralized fashion, while reducing the reliance on external storage mediums (shared network drives for example). Storing datasheets next to the very items that need to reference them also means you no longer need to have a live internet connection, to consult a reference document that can often, and frustratingly, disappear without warning at the whim of the hosting website!

Support for Draftsman-related Templates

Altium Designer, in conjunction with Altium Vault (3.0 or later), caters for the ability to create and manage Draftsman Template Items - Draftsman Document Template and Draftsman Sheet Template - in an Altium Vault. Such Items are created directly within the target vault. Once a Draftsman Template Item has been created (and data released into a revision of it), and its lifecycle state set to a level that the organization views as ready for use at the design level, itcan be reused in future board-level design projects, when creating Draftsman documents (*.PCBDwf) .

Support for Scripts

Altium Designer, in conjunction with Altium Vault (3.0 or later), provides the capability of releasing Script Projects into the Altium Vault where they can then be accessed on a permission basis by Altium Designer users. The Vault-based Script Projects can be opened directly from the Vault, loaded as permanently available projects, used in Custom menu commands, or assigned to Preferences that are controlled by the Vault’s Environment Configuration service. This also allows an organization to manage and distribute ratified, custom script projects to Altium Designer users through administrative control.

Ability to Define the Default Footprint for a Vault Component

Altium Designer 17.0, in conjunction with Altium Vault 3.0, brings the ability to specify a default footprint model to be used for a vault component. This is especially useful, and needed, for components that use multiple footprint models, allowing you to get the footprint you need, by default, when the component is placed into a design (rather than one picked at random).

Support for Multiple Footprints in a Component Template

Altium Designer 17.0, in conjunction with the Component Template Editor extension, brings support for defining multiple PCB footprints as part of a Component Template. Any number of footprint model links may be specified, and this will be a welcome feature for those wishing to create components that reference 3 footprints, satisfying the IPC requirements for different density levels (L (least or minimum copper), M (most, or maximum copper), and N (nominal, or median copper)).

Support for non-Native Design Files as Part of Release

Altium Designer 17.0, in conjunction with Altium Vault (3.0 or later), provides an expanded range of files that can be included when a design is released to the Vault.  Files such as PDFs, word processing documents, images files, testing log files etc are added to an OutJob’s PostProcess Output, and will be then included in the release and accepted by the Altium Vault. As this allows any file to be added to an OutJob, native Altium Designer files can also be included in specific release categories such as Fabrication or Assembly data.

Managed Projects Usability Improvements

Altium Designer, in conjunction with Altium Vault (3.0 or later), provides an improved approach to creating and working with Altium Designer Managed Projects and the release of their manufacturing output data. Altium Designer works with Managed Projects by providing simplified, direct access to the Vault-based project data, and also offers a host of advanced new project management features. Within the Vault, a Managed Project is inherently associated with its released production data, with both the design source and manufacturing output available from a single unified location.

Streamlined Migration of Existing Libraries to an Altium Vault

Altium Designer, in conjunction with Altium Vault (3.0 or later) provides a streamlined, simple process to quickly migrate your existing libraries to an Altium Vault. The GUI to this process - the Library Migrator view - presents an intuitive flow that takes initial selected libraries, and migrates them to a target Altium Vault. Catering for all types of libraries, relating to older component management methodologies - SCHLIB, PCBLIB, INTLIB, DBLIB, SVNDBLIB - the Library Migrator is the perfect solution to quickly building your company's set of vault components, and the many benefits that such components enjoy (high-integrity, lifecycle management, centralized storage and managtement, where-used functionality, ease of design resuse). And while the migration process can be configured - giving you enhanced control over how that migration is performed - at its most simplistic, you can simply accept the default settings and set the migration in motion within a matter of clicks.

New Document Defaults from Vault and Enhanced Preferences Release

The Altium Vault (3.0 or later) offers the ability to store and manage a wide range of Altium Designer document Templates, which when set to suitable Permission and Lifecycle states, can be reused in future designs.  In Altium Designer 17.0, templates hosted in the vault (as Managed Templates) can be manually applied to Altium Designer documents, set as the default template for new Altium Designer documents, and be included in Preferences that are released to the Vault and then reapplied through the Team Configuration center.

Ability to Acquire Vault Data in IntLib Format

Altium Designer 17.0, in conjunction with Altium Vault (3.0 and later), delivers a powerful enhancement to the Content Cart. You now have the ability to acquire components from your local Altium Vault, into an Integrated Library (*.IntLib). And when placing components from such an Integrated Library, the actual links are back to the Component Items in the vault. This gives you the ability to effectively use your company's vault components in an offline fashion, while ensuring the design still maintains a true connection to those components in the source vault.

Item Manager Enhancements

Altium Designer 17.0, in conjunction with the Altium Vault (3.0 and later), offers the ability to update board design components to Vault-sourced Managed Components using advanced Parameter matching in the Item Manager. The ‘automatching’ process uses a highly configurable Rule system to target suitable Component Item Revisions in the Vault, which are then updated to the board via an Engineering Change Order. The Item Manager provides a fast and effective way to convert a PCB project to one that uses fully managed library components from a centralized Altium Vault.

Checking for Outdated Components as Part of Project Compilation

Altium Designer 17.0 brings the ability to check whether the revisions of placed vault components are the latest available. This ability - essentially validating that vault components in a design are all up-to-date and using the latest revisions of their parent Component Items - can be checked as part of project compilation. At the heart of this checking is the Component revision is Out of Date violation type, part of the category: Violations Associated with Components. Configure the reporting mode for this check on the Error Reporting tab of the Project Options dialog.

Additional Enhancements & Improvements

Altium Designer 17.0 delivers a number of additional performance-related enhancements and improvements, related to working with an Altium Vault, including:

  • Streamlined access to an Altium Vault.
  • The ability to sign in to an Altium Vault using the same credentials, on different computers.
  • The ability to export grid data, from the Vaults panel, to a csv- or Excel-formatted file.
  • The ability to create a shell component from a Part Request.
  • Vault folder naming scheme inheritance.
  • The ability to search for components using footprint data.

 

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