Ansys and Altium Boost Electronics Design with Digital Plan

Ansys and Altium aim to further streamline electronics design and development with integration between ECAD and simulation.

Ansys and Altium aim to further streamline electronics design and development with integration between ECAD and simulation.

A connection between Altium ECAD and Ansys simulation software will transform electronics development, companies report. Image courtesy of Altium and Ansys.

Altium and Ansys are partnering to improve the electronic design and development process by digitally connecting Altium's electronic computer-aided design (ECAD) tools and Ansys Electronics Desktop. This bidirectional integration, set to be available in the second half of 2023, creates a new level of digital continuity, the companies report.

The connection will facilitate collaboration, streamlining the exchange of design data and enabling engineers to work together within a fully integrated workflow. By eliminating the need for import/export translations and replacing manual, ad-hoc communication methods, the integration supports predictive accuracy, synchronization and productivity, while reducing risk of errors, the companies add. The digital bridge also minimizes the potential for respins and delays.

A preview of the integration is now available via the Altium-Ansys Digital Showroom.

“As companies innovate to meet the demand of today’s competitive landscape, they face new product complexities and engineering challenges that require extensive cross-domain collaboration and advanced simulations. And the outdated, manual integration methods being utilized are holding them back,” says Tomek Brzuchacz, head of CAD software at Altium. “This digital connection between ECAD and simulation enables electrical engineers and simulation engineers to work together with ease and accuracy, helping companies to accelerate design time and minimize additional costs.”

Comprehensive electronic design requires an evaluation of signal and power integrity, electromagnetic compatibility, thermal mechanical stresses, and electronics reliability. Ansys offers end-to-end simulation solutions for printed circuit boards, integrated circuits and IC packages to evaluate an entire system.

“Electronics designers and engineers work tirelessly to produce the countless connected devices and applications demanded by today’s market, and it is critical to equip these innovators with the same level of connectivity during design and development,” says John Lee, vice president of the electronics, semiconductor, at optics business unit at Ansys. “With a bidirectional link between Ansys and Altium solutions, electrical engineers will no longer be slowed down or interrupted by data communication and can focus on design, innovation, and collaboration.”

Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.

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