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Library containing USB connectors? [on hold]

I'm looking for some USB connector parts, e.g., USBA, micro USB, etc. Does anyone know if there's an INTLIB (integrated library) out there that comes with these? It'd seem silly if every user has to ...
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Altium via ring vs. hole clearance rule

I would like to setup different clearance rules for via hole vs the via pad (ring) in Altium. The context is that i am removing unconnected via pads on the inner layers and my board house has ...
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What hole size for test probe to get a snug fit?

I’m designing a bed of nails test jig. I want my test probes to fit snugly in the circuit board, but want to allow for variation in the through hole plating of the hole. In Altium, when you specify ...
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Altium - Component outline

The default outline selection of a component is rectangular: Is there a way to set it to follow the real outline?: I'd like to do it to be able to place components in the middle without adding a ...
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File extensions .dsn .pcb : what CAD software can open it? [on hold]

I was given a design consisting of the following files: Main.pdf Main.dsn Main.pcb Daugter.pdf Daugter.dsn Daugter.pcb What CAD system likely produced them? ...
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Generic parts library for Altium Designer 15?

I am just started using the Altium Designer 15 on 30 trial. I realize the library is empty by default. And as a trial user it seems I don't get access to the Altium Vault (cloud based part library?). ...
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Show Pad Nets Seemingly Not Working in Altium

For some reason, the PCB is not showing net names on the pads I have all connections (rats nests) visible I have checked the "Show Pad Nets" and "Show Via Nets" under the View Configurations > View ...
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Altium. Multichannel design. How to specify the repeat(port) connection order?

I am doing a multichannel design with Altium. Each channel has an 2 input ports called ID0 and ID1 which are used to set the address (or ID) of each of the channels. How do you specify the connection ...
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Altium - refusing to load footprint

I made a custom Footprint, whenever I try to link to a schematic library, Altium refuse and just pop a random footprint instead. What are the reasons that could lead altium to refuse to load a ...
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Altium - Custom Pad

How can I set number to custom made pads for surface mount in Altium? Here the picture So it is just shape that I drew on top/bottom solder layer and top/bottom layer. How can I give pin number to ...
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How can I put dimension relative to component center in Altium Designer?

I have an Altium Designer PCB with some tactile switches. In the same project a have a "Dimensions" layer where I specify important dimensions to be passed to the PCB manufacturer and the case ...
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Altium Designer Rules - Nets with different width

i would like to know if is it possible to build up a rule that treat a single net in different way. I try to explain better. I've some circuits in which some nets needs to be dimensioned for high ...
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Altium: Error in importing changes to PCB

When I first imported everything from schematic to a new PCB project, it all went smoothly. But note that I have duplicate schematic sheets that have the exact same circuit, net, I/Os, etc. I tried ...
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Altium: Assigning testpoints

So I'm working on the PCB layout to assign testpoints to pads. I've created vias to connect to the pads as testpoints, double clicked on the via, checked the 'Assembly Top/Bottom' I then went to ...
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Altium designer: Lock all selected PCB object

How do I lock all selected objects on a PCB in Altium Designer? I know about find similar objects but if I need to lock the objects that I've selected manually with the mouse.
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semiconductor resistor vs resistor in SPICE modeling Altium

I'm doing some SPICE modeling using altium and would like to apply the temperature coefficients of the passive components for a more accurate simulation. However, as far as I know, in altium the ...
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Altium Camtastic issues

Trying to group parts and assign ref ids, but every time I select all of the parts for a component, I get a message stating it can't tell which side of the board the part is on and I need to assign ...
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How can I rename a Sheet in Altium Designer?

I'm trying to rename a schematic sheet file inside Altium Designer 14 (in Project Panel). The only way I can do it is renaming the sheet file in Windows Explorer and relink the file to the project. ...
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Altium Designer - Database library - Parameter: Component Type

I use altium designer v14 and v15 with external component database (*.DbLib). The external database is realized in SQL. Everything works fine except the manipulation of the component type. This ...
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Altium: Plane assignment for split planes [duplicate]

How can I assign multiple nets to a single plane layer? I've assigned the ground plane to net GND in the layer stack manager. But how can I assign nets 1.5V, 3.3V and 5V to the power plane?
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Altium: PCB ground plane and routing

OK so I've been asking around and reading how to connect ground pins to ground. Some said create vias to the ground planes. But should I do that for every pin? Because sometimes when I create via to ...
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How do I design a through-hole pad in Altium Designer?

I want to define a custom component (TO92 temperature sensor) in Altium Designer with through-hole pads (0.7mm hole diameter, 1.27mm pitch). What is the right way to do this? I I created the ...
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Altium Designer Unknown Pin

I've been bashing my head against a wall for the last day trying to get this to work.. I have a custom schematic and pcb library, when I try to update my pcb document I get the following error: I ...
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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: But it isn't clear how the ...
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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 - 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, ...