Altium, one of Octomyze’s audience partners and Octopart’s parent company, recently released the latest in their line of PCB design software: Altium Designer 17. Hundreds of thousands of electronics design engineers worldwide use Altium’s tools, and Altium Designer 17 comes packed with many new design features and tools for engineers as they begin their design process.
The aspect we’re most excited about is the improved integration with Octopart’s API, which enables design engineers to see electronic component information from distributors and manufacturers as they build their design. Altium Designer 17 now includes a “Supplier Search” that works just like an Octopart.com search, using keywords, part numbers, or parametric values to return pricing and quantity-in-stock information from all of our distributors. A design engineer can now view parts that are available from manufacturers and distributors without ever leaving their design program! Designers can select their preferred components and manufacturers from the results, review the available stock and pricing, then select the part to have its parameters stored to their diagram.
All the data distributors and manufacturers provide to us to list their components on Octopart will now be accessible to engineers as they make their component decisions. The person using Altium Designer 17 can then click on the hyperlinked SKU and be directed to the distributor’s website for more information and to purchase their components. Alternatively, the searched parts will remain linked in the saved design, so engineers or component purchasers can easily locate the parts they've selected when they begin ordering.
Designers can also save search preferences for country, currency, and preferred distributors, just like when searching on Octopart.
This is a huge step towards the realization of the Octomyze vision to connect engineers with the electronic component industry throughout the design process. As we head into 2017, we look forward to providing more integrations like this to help promote your components and connect you with engineers as they innovate.
Altium Designer 17 is available now as a free upgrade to all Altium Subscription customers, and you can demo a free trial at the Altium downloads page. To make sure your products are included, please contact us to get Octomyzed.