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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 ...
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What's the meaning of the “key” symbols in Altium?

I'm routing a PCB board with Altium. Today I find when my mouse hover on the pads, it shows some shadowed "key" symbols. What's the meaning of them?
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Altium - How to merge polygons?

I have a situation where my polygon looks like the teeth of a comb. I don't want to have multiple polygons and I don't want to manually route the shapes. I'd like to make one "tooth" and then just ...
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How can I rotate a part in Altium without an collision error?

When I select a component when its rotated 0 degrees, 90 degrees or anything that is a multiple of 90 degrees, I get get a selection like seen below with C62. Notice how the selection highlights the ...
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How to rotate 3D body around X axis in Altium Designer

I have a simple question about Altium Designer 13.1, to what I could not find the answer so far. How can I rotate a 3D body object around the X axis? I have checked at here and on Google without any ...
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Connect pins with same pin desinator in Altium footprint

I've made a relay's footprint in Altium. The relay's two contact terminal are three pads each, as below. And the schematic symbol is as below: In my schematic, I don't give the two terminals any ...
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Correct way to define board outline?

I'm a student and am almost ready to have a PCB I designed fabricated, but I'm confused about how the board outline should be defined. Here's what I currently have: I also have a 20mil keepout ...
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how to prevent short circuit between thermal pad and vias on it as it is recommended that exposed pad should not connect to GND

All my QFN footprints are made with the Altium internal "Tools -> IPC Compliant Footprint Wizard". I get nice footprints with vias in the thermal pad. When I try to place one of those footprints to ...
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How to export and print the PCB in Altium

Hi I have done a very basic PCB (only one layer) with Altium, but when I'm trying to export the pdf, the obtained file has different sizes: in particular my 15x15cm circuit is expanded to the whole A4 ...
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Altium Rename net label, auto update its connection

I have many net labels in schematics, now I want to rename some of them. But when I do, it doesn't update other net labels with same name. Lets say I have 5 connection with 1 net label "Pin1", now I ...
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Which files to version control for an Altium PCB project?

I'm trying to create the .gitignore file for an Altium project that is versioned with git and stored remotely on GitHub. I don't want my teammates to continually ...
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Unshown compile error in Altium Designer 13.1

I have a schematic sheet in Altium Designer 13.1 and I made an unconnected label on purpose. (In the red rectangle) My problem is: when I compile this sheet, there is no error shown in the ...
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How to panelize gerber files?

I am planning on ordering a panel with four different designs on it. Two were made in Altium, while the other two were made in Eagle. Altium has a great tool for panelizing boards designed in it, but ...
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Updating Schematic Component/Footprint in Altium Designer 15.0

I am building a library for Altium Designer version 15.0 and have a schematic component as well as a PCB footprint. The footprint is linked to the schematic through the dialog opened when I ...
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Altium custom shield as component, allow other component to be inside

I'm creating a shield for arduino and to avoid recreating it in future, I created its base as component(both schematics and pcb) and only added arduino header pads in it. Everything is just working ...
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Altium Designer, change decimal separator

I'm wondering if it is possible to change the decimal separator in Altium Designer from a "." to a ","? I have looked for it and Googled it but I can't find anything.
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Show Pads with their Name on PCB altium

I have imported a schematic in PCB and placed components. But one thing is missing, its not showing pads names as they are appearing in schematic. It can only show Designator and Comments of component ...
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Non tinted text on pcb altium

I added a string in PCB Editor and it is on Top Layer, which is good. But when viewing in 3D, its tinted. Its behind the color layer and not appearing clearly as it should like pads(the carbon part). ...
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How to generate Assembly drawing in Altium

How to generate Assembly drawing with designators inside the boxes like this in Altium? Is it by placing designators (silkscreens) inside manually? I guess not.
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Altium doesn't show traces when interactively routing

When I try interactive routing, the traces don't show up until after I leave the interactive routing state. I've tried resetting desktop layouts, and showing all connections, but nothing I've seen ...
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How can I create an Integratet Library from a Vault component?

Im pretty new to Altium Designer, so i hope you can help me. While searching for some speacial components, I found some of them in the Vault database, but with the wrong footprints. Thats why I'd ...
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What does this symbol with white rectangles around my vias mean in Altium?

I'm doing a PCB in Altium and I don't know what these white rectangles beside my vias are meant to indicate. A screen shot is below:
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How to display a custom parameter value in the PCB footprint of my Altium component?

Suppose my component has a string-valued parameter named "Label". I'd like the PCB footprint for this component to automatically display whatever value was set for this parameter in the schematic ...
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“Net Antennae Violation” on Pad -> Via -> GND plane connection

I just started routing my first PCB on Altium. It is a simple 2-layer board with bottom layer as dedicated GND plane. I started out placing GND vias for GND pads of the top layer SMD components like ...
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Altium, how to add 74HC165 in schematic

I want to add a 74HC165 in schematic using Altium. But I'm unable to find 74HC165. Do I have to create own library for it ?
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What's your approach when making footprints from a drawing with relative dimensions?

I want to make a footprint for a mini USB connector. Here's the recommended layout from the datasheet: I'm not very experienced with making footprints and find the dimensions inconvenient since ...
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Which IPC standard provides land pattern dimensions?

This answer says it's IPC-7351, but I'm not seeing anything about land pattern dimensions in the table of contents. I'm wanting to make footprints in Altium and I found the IPC Compliant Footprint ...
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Altium Designer - fabrication output out of scale

I'm trying to make circuit board using thermal transfer method. When I done with drawing pcb board in project, I saved it as fabrication output (previously setting scale 1.00 in Page Setup), and ...
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Modular PCB design in Altium

I need a way to reuse my PCBs that I designed before in my new board as a module. the problem with multichannel design is that I should change some component names in schematic, so I can not use the ...
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Altium Error: Multiple top level documents has been used

I made a project with two PCB boards. There are two top level sheets, and two corresponding PCB boards for each. The Power supply board is only providing power to board A. I have been getting ...
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Altium Creating Custom SMD Pad Shape

I tried to create a custom pad shape in altium desginer 14 for my pcblib but i missing a option in altium to assign a designator to the region. i already assigned solder/paste mask and now placed a ...
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Move pads separately in altium

Is it possible to move individual pads of a component separately ? Since diodes and resisters has long legs, they can go over.
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Set PCB size with values altium

I've been searching for a way to set PCB size in Altium, I can change size using Mouse, but there is no way I found to change it to some values using keyboard. Like I want to change PCB size to 10" x ...
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Altium place string (letter with macron)

I am looking for a way to place a macron in top of a letter on the silk screen. in Altium i have only 3 fonts to chose from default??, Sans Serif and Serif non of them supports macron for capital ...
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how to change the structure of the schemetic components in altium designer

I downloaded a library for microchip PIC18F in altium designer. The schematic component for PIC18F2455 is show in the figure (left). But what I want is the component looks like - right part of the ...
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Altium Designer Errors - Minimum Annular Rings

How can i solve this error? Minimum Annular Ring (Minimum=0.225mm) (((ObjectKind = 'Pad') OR (ObjectKind = 'Via')) And (Layer = 'MultiLayer') And (HoleDiameter <= AsMM(0.45)))
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Altium 'Adaptive' Routing

I recently switched from Mentor Graphics Expedition to Altium 14. I really like a lot of Altiums features but efficient routing still eludes me. In mentor my typical workflow was: Place components ...
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signal ground and power ground

I'm making a PCB with two ground signals, power ground and signal ground. These two shall be connected together at one spot on the PCB, after recommendations from the datasheet. But how is this done ...
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Component Guide Pins on PCB Footprint

I've just been working my way through and getting more experienced with Altium, I've almost got it doing exactly what I need for my design. The last thing I can't figure out is how to define the guide ...
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Drawing a tactile switch in Altium

I apologize if this is a bit broad, but I'm struggling to use Altium Designer 14.3. I've got a tactile switch I need to arrange a few of them on my board with some pin headers and LED's. The switch ...
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How to create footprint from IC diagram when no recommended layout is given?

I'm a student trying to create a library part in Altium for an Analog Devices AD8232. Most IC datasheets give a recommended footprint to use, but the AD8232 datasheet only shows the IC itself: I ...
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Altium silkscreen art

I'm trying to design a logo in silkscreen in Altium without importing an image. I find that when I import a design it is made up of a huge number of primitives making it very difficult to work with. ...
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Why do I get 'Unmatched Nets' in Altium and how do I remove them?

I'm trying to import a Schematic to PCB in Altium and I get this message that there are unmatched nets cropping up: The PCB is empty, I've searched in the Schematic for them but I can't find them. ...
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How do you change the default via dimensions in Altium?

When I place a via, it always has a diameter of 1.27mm and a hole size of 0.711mm. I want all of my vias to be smaller and it's really annoying to have to change them manually EVERY time. I tried ...
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Can I split a PCB using Altium?

I'm starting my first PCB using Altium and I want to take advantage of small dimensions PCBs cost in order to make my PCB cheaper. As an example take the image below. On the left there's the full PCB ...
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Customizing pin orientation in Altium schematic library

In Altium, I want to have the Name of the pin in horizontal orientation while the pin is in vertical orientation like But do not get the option in the pin properties dialog box. Here, the ...
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Altium 3D not showing textures

i Finished my design and now im trying to make it fully 3D with STEP 214 models formwww.3dcontentcentral.es however as you can see even when im gettign the right models they just look like this, when ...
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pick and place cannot read LCC module

The assembly house has a P&P machine (Yamaha i-pulse M4S) and the export file is from Altium. All components are read from the machine fine except an LCC gsm module MG323-b which has a particular ...
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How would I use the same component arrangement for each instance of a sheet symbol?

I'm designing a PCB using Altium. I am a beginner and I'm using sheet symbols to design 6 identical circuits. Making a billion circuits with identical schematics is easy, but in order to make the PCB ...