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Altium Designer 6.8:新功能介紹 (Whats New in Altium Designer 6.8) Part.1

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    Altium Designer 6.8:新功能介紹 (Whats New in Altium Designer 6.8) Part.1

    Altium Designer 6.8:新功能介紹 (Whats New in Altium Designer 6.8) Part.1

    Summary

    Altium Designer 6.8
    持續幫助客戶提高生產力,
    包括:新的
    DxDesigner Importer Interactive Length Tuning for Differential Pairs
    還有更多新功能 進階的功能,使你的設計過程比以往更有效率。


    Overturning conventional priorities for software improvements,
    Altium Designer 6.8 demonstrates a continued commitment for responsiveness
    by producing an extensive range of new features and productivity enhancers
    to help you deliver on real world deadlines.

    These latest improvements include a DxDesigner Importer for working with and importing data from external systems,
    and a host of new board layout capabilities. More innovative products within shorter timeframes
    - Altium Designer again pushes the boundaries of electronic product design with this release.

    Physical platform design has been expanded to support the high-speed signaling found in today's designs.
    Interactive Length Tuning for Differential Pairs brings a new level of intelligence
    and power to your hands during the routing process.

    Polygon definition, placement and editing make board design layout more flexible.

    True Type characters have expanded display modes for inverted text,
    as well as the ability to paste metafiles into your designs.

    Altium Designer 6.8 includes a significant improvement to importing designs from DxDesigner ® ,
    further easing the translation process from other systems.
    Improved zooming, selection and reposition of objects across
    the editors accelerate the fundamentals of design creation, and increase your productivity.

    These are just a few of the new features in what we believe to be an exciting new release of Altium Designer.
    Based directly on feedback from you, the engineers and designers developing designs,
    Altium Designer 6.8 helps you keep pace with the speed of today's development!


    New - PCB Visualization

    Today's designs demand tools that make it easier to view your designs
    - some things are just easier to see and jump out at you when you see the real thing!
    Taking advantage of DirectX capabilities, PCB Visualization brings powerful new capabilities
    that allow you to customize and configure your design view for both 2D and 3D displays
    so that you can inspect and edit objects such as pads, via barrels, tented vias both on the surface
    and internally from a 3D perspective.


    Figure 1.You can save different viewing configurations for later use at any time,
    and even on other systems that have Altium Designer 6.8.
    Here we see that we can preview different material specifications of the same board before committing to manufacturing.

    Whether you are a Board Layout Specialist or an Embedded Engineer,
    being able to understand more easily what you are creating will help you leverage the most of your time,
    and get your design right the first time.

    PCB Visualization includes a number of new dialogs and panels, including an updated View Configurations dialog
    (accessed from either Design » Board Layers & Colors, or shortcut 'L').
    Additionally, a number of new shortcut keys and tool tips facilitate zooming in
    and rotating your design while working between different views.

    3D Visualization Panel

    A new panel for the PCB editor, the 3D Visualization Panel provides up to three simultaneous 3D views.
    Different views are available - an A-A cross section, a B-B cross section,
    and a more general purpose 3D Board Insight.
    Opacity levels to control how much detail you wish to see can also be defined.

    Figure 3. Launched from the Panel access controls,
    the 3D Visualization panel works with the main view in either 2D or 3D.
    Cross section (A-A and B-B) lines can be displayed in the main view as shown here.

    Display Configurations Saved on a Board by Board Basis


    Figure 2. For 2D view you can have different show and hide primitive settings,
    convert special strings, flipped board, test points display, single layer modes and more

    2D and 3D View Configurations can be created, saved, reloaded,
    and displayed differently across boards open in your workspace
    - providing finer control over the display than was previously possible
    and allowing multiple PCBs to be open with different view configurations.

    Configurations can be stored either with the PCB or even transferred as files to another PC that has Altium Designer.

    3D View Configurations­ - Materials-Based Color Settings


    You can setup the colors of the workspace and copper on the board through the 3D View Configurations.
    Opacity and color setting can be specified for Solder Masks, the Stackup (both Core and Prepreg), and Silkscreen.

    An additional option Show Component Bodies is available for when suitable 3D models are in the libraries.
    A new 3D color attribute when adding component bodies to footprints in the PCB library
    allows you to set its coloring when displayed in 3D.

    Load/Save of View Configurations for both 2D and 3D Views

    View configurations are easily loaded and saved when they have been modified.
    This includes 2D Simple Configurations (.config_2dsimple), and 3D Configuration (.config_3d) as shown here.
    It's worth noting that if you customize your view configurations, the changes will be lost unless you save them.

    Main View in 3D or 2D


    Figure 4. You can control the color of component bodies for 3D
    - double-click and edit the 3D visualization color through the Component Bodies Property.

    Your main view is able to show both 2D and 3D at the same time.
    Switching between 2D and 3D is easy with shortcuts - press '3' to switch to the last 3D view from a 2D view;
    press '0' to flatten (this rotates the 3D view so the camera perspective is perpendicular to the board).

    SHIFT + Right-click + Drag from the 3D sphere (described later) rotates your 3D view.
    DirectX must be enabled in your PCB Preferences before 3D can be seen.

    Choosing a View Configuration

    A new Select View Configuration section to the View Configurations dialog enables you to easily choose
    and change configurations.
    Launched from Design » Board Layers & Colors (or shortcut key 'L') this dialog
    gives you control over many viewing options for the PCB, helping you visualize the board at different stages of the design.

    From showing and hiding primitives and layers in 2D, to displaying solder masks in different colors,
    you can achieve views that suit the perspective you need.
    Even setting the opacity level of the core to inspect pad and via barrels on internal layers can be achieved.

    Load/Save of 2D System Color Profiles

    You can load and save Color Profiles which store 2D system color settings.
    Previous Default, Classic and DXP 2004 preset Color Profiles are found here for you to choose at anytime.

    Animated Board Flip Maintains Position Context

    Precision smooth ability to flip a board in 3D and relocate to the other side of the board
    enables you to see exactly what is beneath the cursor on the other side of the PCB.

    New - Fast Mouse Zoom and 3D Sphere


    It's important to have efficient and intuitive control over your design view,
    especially during intensive interactive processes such as placement and routing.
    New Fast Mouse Zoom for both 2D and 3D views extends the control over the design in both the schematic and PCB editor.
    Mouse Zoom can be used independently or in conjunction with panning, giving you maximum control when you need it most.

    To use as an accelerated zoom capability, hover the cursor over a desired object
    and click and hold down the mouse wheel and a magnification icon will appear.

    Dragging the mouse then zooms the design view in or out. To use with panning,
    click and hold the right mouse button to activate panning mode (the cursor will change to a hand to indicate this).
    Selecting the CTRL key then activates Mouse Zoom to work in concert with panning.

    To facilitate navigating in 3D mode, a 3D sphere appears by pressing the SHIFT key enabling you to control
    and rotate the board in 3D space. Horizontal and vertical direction arrows positioned
    allow you to lock into a set navigational direction.

    For example, to rotate the board horizontally about the Y-axis, right-click the mouse over the left or right arrow. 
    The arrows highlight when they become active as you pass over them.

    New - Support for 3Dconnexion ® Devices


    Figure 7. The 3Dconnexion Control offers the exact configuration for your navigation needs,
    making it easy to drive in Altium Designer 6.8.

    Designed as a compliment for 3D PCB Visualization, Altium Designer 6.8 includes driver support for the SpaceNavigator
    - a 3D mouse from 3Dconnexion, the latest in next generation navigation devices.

    When combined with the real time graphics of PCB Visualization,
    you can experience the freedom of being able to reach directly into your display
    and explore your design in a visually rich 3D world.

    Once you've installed the drivers that come with the SpaceNavigator,
    ensure that you have the Use Direct X if possible option enabled
    in the PCB Editor Display Preferences for any 3D capability.

    New - Paste Metafile

    The generation of design documentation for mechanical layers is easily accomplished with Paste Metafile,
    new enhanced clipboard metafile capabilities.
    Using the same Windows Paste command that you are used to (CTRL + V),
    any metafile data from the clipboard is pasted automatically to the PCB editor.


    Figure 9. Tables, paragraphs of text and simple diagrams created in Microsoft ® Word or Excel
    can be brought into the PCB Editor for all of your design documentation needs.

    Supported metafile data includes bitmaps, lines, arcs, simple fills, and true type text
    - allowing you to easily paste logos and other graphical symbols. Imported data will be put onto the current layer,
    adopting the color you have chosen for that layer.

    After pasting, resize handles let you fine-tune the size (union) of the paste image.
    Unions resulting from a paste can be resized at any time using the Resize Union command
    from the context sensitive right-mouse menu.

    Improved - Interactive Length Tuning for Differential Pairs

    Interactive Length Tuning, introduced in Altium Designer 6.7,
    allows for a more dynamic means of optimizing and controlling net lengths
    by inserting variable amplitude patterns according to the available space, rules, and obstacles in your design.

    Launched from the Tools menu, it can be based on design rules, properties of the net,
    or values you enter into a dialog (press TAB to open dialog while interactively length tuning).

    With 6.8, it's now possible to length match differential signals.
    MatchedLengths rule improvements in the PCB Rules and Constraint Editor allow for timing checks
    on multiple differential signals as well as the positive and negative traces within an individual pair.
    In a similar fashion to the single-ended format, the target length can be driven either from rules, from another pair or manually.

    Figure 8. Clicking on the routed differential pair as you move the mouse along will
    add tuning segments while a graphical gauge indicates how close you are to ideal lengths.


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