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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 ...
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Where to find an 0805 SMD LED in Altium?

I'm trying to learn to use Altium and am having a really difficult time finding components. I discovered capacitors and resistors in ...
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How do you measure a distance along the Z axis in Altium?

If you hit CTRL+M, it's easy to take a measurement along the x or y axis. If you want to measure along the Z axis (for instance, the height of a 3D body), how do you do it? I googled "measure the ...
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What is the proper zero orientation for a SMT LED?

What is the proper zero orientation for a SMT LED? According to screaming circuits and IPC-7351, the cathode should be on the left for a molded diode. HOWEVER, when I use Altium's component wizard to ...
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Can Altium do via stitch patterns when interactive routing a group?

I am currently only able to route a group to the next layer with a line of via's like below: I would like to be able to route them something like this: It would really save space but it takes a ...
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Altium tracks being unrouted

While fixing another problem, Im noticing that some of traces are broken. The board was 90% routed, and now some of those completed traces are incomplete, like as if there was a small break in them. ...
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Altium PCB layout net error

I've routed a board, and redid my designators in the schematic and updated the changes to the pcb. In doing so, the nets which I have routed, now give me an error. Basically what's happened is that ...
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Merging / Concatenating Buses in Altium Designer

In Altium Designer 14.3 I am trying to merge two 16bit buses into a 32bit bus with one of the input buses becoming the lower 16 bits and the other the upper 16bits of the output bus. Below is an image ...
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How can I use “favorite via” during routing with Altium?

I've set up a few via favorites within Altium, butI can't seem to figure out how to cycle through the various presets. How can I cycle through favorite via presets during routing ?
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Export Gerbers from Altium to CAM350

I'm in the process of exporting a PCB design from Altium. At present I'm saving the output as a .cam file. I've sent this file to a fabricator that uses CAM350 v11 and they are getting an error along ...
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Altium & Patterned Colors

Is is possible to add color fill patterns to standard design layer colors in Altium Designer? I can only find and use solid and transparent colors for all design layers, but cannot figure out if or ...
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Altium Designer: How to tell the auto router not to place vias too close to other components?

My team is designing a very large PCB in Altium Designer (about four hundred 0603 components) and are using the auto router. The issue we're facing is that the auto router is placing some vias too ...
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Project Parameters as variable In Altium

I can't for the life of me figure out how to make the Project parameters show up in my schematic template. I have a variable string called =Title which I'd like to set in the project parameters, but ...
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How to make valid harness port when generate sub-sheet from vhdl

I have an VHDL file (a block) with huge count of the different port that can't combined into the one bus because they have different names. These signals will be further connected to different parts ...
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Reverse Engineering Camtastic file to PCB in Altium

I've followed the directions found here but after the step where I extract the netlists, when I export to PCB it gives the following error. ...
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In Altium Designer, how can you set the autotracer to route all traces with as equal lengths as possible?

Note that this board does not require a power or ground plane, since it's just used to bridge two boards. I want the traces to be as equal in length as possible in order to minimize any difference in ...
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Why polygon pour size and trace width don't influence each other in altium

Im using some thin traces in certain areas of the board that I want to have beefed up with a polygon pour. However, when I run the rule check it just ignores that the width of the traces is now ...
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Altium PCB, plated or unplated pads without hole, what is the difference

When I place a pad, there is an option Plated. Here is the picture What is the difference between plated and unplated pad without hole?
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PCB, pads with holes but with different nets on top and bottom sides

I need pads with holes in by PCB, but the top and bottom side of the pads need to have different nets i.e. the top and bottom sides must be isolated. Here is the picture Is this possible to fabricate ...
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Altium Leaves Board Border Outline on Assembly Notes Layer

No matter what, Altium leaves a border of the board on my cover page when I try to generate an assembly document. I only have two layers: Assembly cover notes and Assembly notes tops. Neither of which ...
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Need Atmel 89C5131 microcontroler library for Altium designer v14.3.9

I want to design a small electronic circuit using Altium designer v14.3.9, and I need the microcontroller Atmel's 89C5131 (the symbol, not for PCB), but couldn't find it in any of my libraries. Does ...
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Multiple Layers per Page Printed on Altium Designer

I use Altium Designer for PCB design. Usually, before ordering prototypes with a better finish, I make my own boards at home, as many do. I'm playing with the Press-n-Peel sheets for the tonner ...
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How to specify a capacitor in Altium schematic as DNP

I am working on a prototype of a project and it involves an antenna. This means that I will probably have to tune this first version a little bit once I get it assembled. To do this, I wanted to place ...
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What are .C1 and .C2 Gerber files in Altium 14?

I am currently working on a project and I'm about to get the Gerber files checked by FreeDFM.com. My question is, in my Gerber files, there are a couple that have the extension .C1 and .C2. In ...
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Exporting from Altium to CST PCB Studio

Based on CST website, they claim that CST PCB Studio can import Altium files. But when I open Import on CST , it gives me just these options : I tried to Export Altium to HyperLynx and Import it ...
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Altium polygon pour doesn't cover same net pads

I've made boards and seen more that use polygon pours that flow over pads that connect to the same net. However, I was tasked with making minor changes to an old board that I didn't design. On the ...
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How does Altium Designer's “impedance constraint” feature work?

Altium has a design rules option for setting a track width constraint according to line's impedance (e.g.; 50\$\Omega\$). How do I use it? Please give me instructions or a link to an online tutorial. ...
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What to do with unused analog inputs?

I am working on an application using ATmega328p atmel microcontroller. I started with the 28 PDIP version, but now I want to use the 32 TQFP, which I noticed has 2 extra inputs after compiling my ...
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Mosfet as a Switch

I have created 2 circuits using altium designer as shown below: After simulation here is what i have for the left circuit: Right circuit: Basically, as you can see in the first circuit i have 2 ...
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How to set Multi Layer Check in Altium 14?

When defining component clearance in Altium it warns you when 2 components are too close, but, it also warns you even when the components are on different layers so obviously they can't collide. As ...
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Altium Hierarchical design error

I have a Hierarchical design in Altium and after compiling I am getting and error about Duplicate NET name wire.... I searched on Altium articles and here on ...
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How to use Altium SVN version control with BitBucket?

I currently have a local SVN repository to commit the changes in my designs but now I want to have this repository in the cloud using BitBucket. I am trying to set this repository as my Altium ...
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How to route to a hidden pin in Altium

I'm using Altium Designer 14.2.3 and I have a connector on which are always two pins connected to each other. In my schematic library I have configured the Pins to be hidden and connected to the ...
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Altium schematic rectangle color?

I'm learning Altium at job. Just curious what is the difference between the yellow rectangle and the white ones on the schematic symbols?
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Need help to understand mechanical drawing for footprint

I am a new user of Altium Designer. I need to make a footprint of this varistor, and I cannot understand its drawing. Same thing happens for the rest of the components. Can someone here tell me how I ...
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Difference between SOP and PSOP

I am trying to create a custom PSOP footprint in Altium designer using the IPC compliant footprint wizard. The datasheet of the ic says that it is a PSOP (plastic small outline package). In the wizard ...
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Altium : Rule on connector

I use auto routing with Altium and I search a way to force routing a connector on Bottom layer (as I do PCB prototype myself, it easier to solder connector on Bottom side). To do this, I create a room ...
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Altium clear region

I have a four layer board: Signal, GND (internal power plane), VCC (internal ground plane), signal. My design includes a chip antenna that requires a completely cleared region at the edge of the PCB. ...