# Altium Component Device "Technology"

I am trying to design a component in Altium that has different orderable variants.

For example, my component takes the orderable code XYZ-AAA where AAA corresponds to a parameter like operating temperature.

If my component has two orderable variants, AAA and BAA, is there a way of creating them in Altium elegantly without having to resort to making multiple symbols?

Is a DbLib the only way of doing this?

• Have you tried using the variant manager? It is used for this sort of thing. Nov 26 '19 at 16:17
• @SteveG, Variants in Altium is for multiple versions of a PCBA with different parts loaded. It doesn't help you manage the catalog of available parts. Nov 26 '19 at 17:00
• @ThePhoton isn't that what the OP is asking? Different parts for different builds of the same PCB? Nov 26 '19 at 17:04
• @SteveG, I read it as being about how to set up the library to account for different part numbers with the same schematic symbol. Nov 26 '19 at 17:06

Each part I add to a schematic library gets two parameters defined: manufacturer and manufacturer part number (aka MPN). The "Description" and "Comment" fields don't necessarily specify an exact MPN.
If I want to change just one example of a part to a different MPN, I can place the part in a schematic and then just edit the manufacturer part number parameter.