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Altium Designer - split plane

I want to make a plane for my supply on my PCB and a plane for my MCU to isolate the MCU from the power supply noise. I found this article in Altium designer resource: ...
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Altium: PCB routing

I have several questions: I'm not sure how to deal with grounds or Vcc when routing. So I have capacitors/resistors connected to the Vcc of the FPGA, so I connect it directly to the pin. But how do ...
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Importing Drawings ( DXF,DWG ) in Altium [duplicate]

I'm having trouble importing DXF / DWG into Altium. I followed File-->Import-->selected my dxf,dwg-->config-->Information show Done!!-->and nothing shows up on my mechanical layer. I'm using Altium ...
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Altium de-highlighting nets after using 'Find Similar Objects…' command

I can't work out why Altium is doing this, or how to undo it, or how to make it stop doing it. It happens when I use the 'Find Similar Objects... ' option; all of objects that it hasn't found are ...
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Design PCB with copper polygon (Altium)

I'm sort of new to Altium, so any kind of detailed help would be very welcome... I need to create a PCB in altium that has copper all around with small plastic channels surrounding the tracks. Is it ...
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Altium Designer Live Links [on hold]

I have saw on the internet the Live Link feature of Altium designer, but given the marketing aspect of it, It is hard to distinguish the real functionality of this thing. I have been unable to find ...
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Altium Designer - 45 degree rotation

I am using Altium designer 15. How can you rotate a component by 45 degree in PCB mode? Regards, MathieuL
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Altium: Connecting routes through different layers

I know how to route and create vias to connect the track from one layer to the next (i.e. layer A to B then to C). But is it possible to connect tracks from one layer to a specified layer directly ...
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Fabrication outputs options are not available in my Altium 13.0

I am using altium 13.0 and just finished very first my pcb layout. I want to now generate the gerber files but the fabrication output options are not showing up. I even tried clicking the "get more ...
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Altium: White 2D outlines [duplicate]

I started my component orientation when I suddenly see those white outlines around my components. And as I zoom in, they increase in number. Even when I tried to move my components elsewhere, they ...
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Altium: PCB rule check violation errors

I'm not sure how to change the rules to satisfy the component constraints
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Altium: Rules and Query syntax

I want to set some rules for certain components. These rules are in the minimum solder mas sliver but I'm stuck on the query. So far I've written IsDesignator = U7 but nothing seems to change and I'm ...
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Altium: Foot print manager

Somehow not all schematic components (3 out of the 10 schematics have their components in the footprint manager) are found in the footprint manager. I made sure all tabs above (i.e. designator, part, ...
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Altium: Version Control Error

Once upon a time I created version control for my project file KHS_PLD_XADE_EM and located it in one of my folders. One day as I was working on my project, I noticed the green check marks for ...
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Is it possible to have Altium ignore one schematic in a project?

I would like to start using Altium to simulate parts of my schematic, but I would much rather have a separate "simulation schematic" inside the project which should be annotated and compiled ...
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Altium: How can I edit a component from a library

I downloaded a library from the internet and I want to create a new PCB component using the ones in the downloaded library with little editing/changes (such as the footprint). Is that possible? How?
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Atlium: Errors in PCB

I keep getting the same errors repetitively and I couldn't figure out the reason. As I was placing the components on the correct position (i.e. resistor), suddenly the component changed pattern from ...
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Altium: How can I dim the layers I'm not currently using?

The routes on all layers are fully bright. I want to dim the ones on the layers not currently used. I don't mean dimming ALL routes (even on the layer I'm currently on) except the one segment I'm ...
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Altium: Routing in different layers brings me back to top layer

Routing on the top layer is fine. But whenever I try to route on a different layer, it automatically brings me back to the top layer and routes there. Am I missing a step? Let me make this more ...
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Altium: the shortcut key +/- don't move me to the next layers

I have created multiple layers from the stack layer manager. Also created vias from layer 1 to 2, and 1 to 3. When I clicked okay, the layer image didn't get updated, meaning it didnt add the vias I ...
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Altium Design Rule - Selecting Pads Whose Parent Component is not type “No BOM”

I can create a query to select only pads and a query to select only components who are not type "No BOM", but I can't seem to find a way to put these together to create a design rule that only selects ...
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Weird capacitor looking things shows up in altium when I zoom into the pcb layout

I am using altium for first time for my little circuit project. My layout start showing these weird capacitor looking things in PCB layout. What exactly are they and what are they used for and how do ...
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Trace clearance error with Altium auto-route

Here is the picture of my PCB auto-routing result. Routes are placed too close to SMD pads. Less than 0.2 mm, which written in Clearance rule. I use Altium Designer 14.1 so I can't set clearance ...
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Rotated component placement in Altium

Here Altium PCB on the picture. I rotate component on 45 degree and place it on the PCB. What is gray area under the component? Should it be rotated also? Can it be a problem if it s not rotated? ...
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Problems running Altium CircuitMaker

I installed Altium CircuitMaker after I read about it in comments here (Ignacio's IIRC). The software seems to install correctly and I can create a new project. But then it stops. I have an ...
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Altium slow from too many primitives

I have a huge number of primitives in my PCB layout. If I try to much as select half of them, it will take Altium several minutes to respond. It also takes Altium several minutes to respond to trying ...
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Import Gerber files into Altium

Question I would like to import Gerber files into an Altium Designer PCB document for re-using an in-PCB spiral inductor but the importer fails to interpret the Gerber files in a correct way. Has ...
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Altium designer: GND plane Polygone does not reach a vias array

Here is what I always get : And here is what I want to have: I never had such an issue with my old PC, now that I changed the PC I start having bugs like this. What can I do to solve the issue, ...
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PCI 164-Pin Design on Altium

I would like to design a PCB having PCI 164-Pin on that shown at image. Is there any component I can add to schematic on Altium or should I just put some I/O ports on schematic?
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Altium - Change Color of Error Text in HUD

I had this set up on my PC a few weeks ago but lost it when I had to switch computers. I am trying to remember how to change the color of the Online DRC Errors shown in the HUD when hovering over the ...
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Assigning mechanical layers in Altium

I've just recently started designing my first PCB using Altium but am confused with the mechanical layers. I have a 4-layer board, and am placing components on both the top and bottom side (Through ...
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Print PCB on copper using Altium

I've been trying to print and make my own circuit using Altium (print it on film paper, iron it on copper-coated plastic and then dip it in Ferric Chloride etc.), using Gerber files. Only problem is, ...
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Rising DC Voltage

I only have 3.3 DC Voltage on the pin of PCB and I want to supply a chip 5V. What are the ways to manage this? PS: The voltage on the pin is always 3.3 V and max current on it can be 50 mA.
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Help Duplicating Altium PCB Layout With Different Silkscreen IDs

I have the layout for a 3.3V switching regulator module and I also made a 1.5V switching regulator module. The 3.3V layout is very nicely done and I would like to replicate it for the 1.5V. However, ...
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Altium: Surface Mount Test Pad Passing Through PCB

I'm working on a PCB in Altium that will sit inside an assembly above another board. The board on the bottom has a test pad, but once everything is assembled it will be inaccessible. Therefore, I am ...
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PCB, Plated hole with annular ring on only one side

I need my pads for connectors to be plated so that the pins from the connectors can be soldered. But the bottom side cannot have copper pad/annular ring. I have made the pads as shown in the figure ...
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Creating an Integrated Circuit Component in Altium

I am new to PCB designing and I am new to Altium. I want to make a schematic, PCB design and simulate a RF circuit involving a GPS receiver front end IC MAX2769. Altium library does not have this IC. ...
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SMD package sizes in Altium

I'm a little confused about the standard SMD package sizes. Say I have picked some capacitors, and their package is 1005 (0402). Would this have the exact same footprint as a resistor or inducor with ...
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How to view SchDoc files online?

I have a file witch was designed with "Altium Designer". How could i view this file without needing to install "Altium Designer"? it is preferred to do this with an online app.
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Altium Connections

In Altium, does a multilayer Pad with the same net as a plane (internal ground plane in this case) automatically connect to that plane, or is a separate via required?
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Altium Summer 09 Unknown PIN Errors

Altium is killing me! I am basically doing a semi-volunteer project to learn Altium, my previous workplace used Eagle. I made a library from scratch and compiled it to an integrated library. The ...
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Altium repeated sheets

I have a sheet that needs to be repeated 30 times. Normally this has not been an issue. However, one of the components in the sheet is a shift register that has a serial in and a serial out (for ...
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Altium 09 Copy Footprint between libraries

Just starting out on Altium. I want to start my own library and eventually end with a big library. This is Altium 09 and not the new one with access to the vault. According to the website: ...
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CVS/repository for Altium [closed]

I am trying to build a versioning system/repository for my Altium design project/files. Can anyone recommend a versioning system(preferably open source) for such files?
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Connecting to a split plane in Altium

I am using Altium 14.0.9. I have a split plane on my inner layer of a 4 layer PCB. This split plane is connected to the net C6_2. It is basically 2 polygons on my ...
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Altium PCB: what do these patterns on traces and vias mean?

I was just checking a PCB design, and found these box-patterns on some of the nets. What do they mean?
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Altium: Polygon Pour Direct Connect on Vias, Relief Connect on Pads

I'm not even sure if this should go here on the EE StackExchange or if there's a CAD board, but I'm posting it here just in case. I am working on a 2-sided SMD PCB that has vias and SMD pads. On the ...
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Can't move objects with Altium

I'm designing a PCB with Altium 14 composed by 4 SMT headers (2 on top, rest on bottom) but everytime I try to move them it puts the cursor on coordinates -4699.664,49086.331 (way, way far from my ...
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Why does this BGA component have a keep-out layer?

I've pulled the Telit GE864-GPS (datasheet) from the Altium vault. The footprint has a keep-out layer, which prevents me from placing tracks to any pad without using vias. As the pitch is 2.5mm the ...
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Place logo on Top layer in Altium

I use the "PCB Logo Creator" script to convert my BMP logo and import it into the top layer. It works well. But I don't want to do this "conversion" every time, so I made the generated logo to a part ...