Altium, LLC, a maker printed circuit board (PCB) design software, announced the availability of Altium 365, what it says is the world’s first cloud platform for PCB design and realization.

The platform is designed to work with Altium Designer to deliver a connected experience for PCB design and manufacturing. According to the company, this allows design teams to drastically reduce miscommunication, redesign iterations, and time to market.

"A long-term change in the way that the various stakeholders in the electronics industry work together is taking place,” said Ted Pawela, Chief Operating Officer at Altium. “Whether working from home, office, or traveling for business, the need to work from anywhere in the world without being tethered to your desktop is here to stay. Altium is paving the way for engineers and designers to work from anywhere, and connect with anyone by making the Altium Designer user experience more collaborative and more readily available than ever before.”

Altium 365 is designed to allow users to bring together stakeholders and participants of their choosing (even those who do not have Altium Designer), while keeping their IPs secure and design under control. The cloud-based platform offers a way to share, visualize, and mark-up PCB designs for all stakeholders involved, from design managers to manufacturers, while allowing other designers to connect to the same PCB design with Altium Designer to author changes.

The platform is designed so that teams can organize designs, libraries, and participants in one place, and share links to their designs for easy, real-time collaboration. Designs are reportedly always accessible at any time, on any device, anywhere. By leveraging CAD-specific intelligence, design data can be stored in a way that makes projects, files, and version history accessible and easy to navigate on the web.

The platform provides a built-in co-designer capability between electronic and mechanical domains through native integration with PTC Creo, Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks, and Autodesk Inventor. PCB designers and mechanical CAD designers are now able to collaborate more efficiently and creatively than ever before.

The platform can also help streamline the manufacturing process. Designs can be packaged and shared with internal and external shareholders with a web link that can be accessed via any platform on any internet-enabled device.

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