Don’t Reinvent the Wheel: Why You Should Use Altium Multi Channel Design
By Space Coast Daily // June 17, 2018
Multi-channel design refers to the same channel several times. The channel should only be drawn once as a separate schematic assembly and included in the design. You can simply name the number of times a channel is used by defining multiple symbols that belong to the same substrate, or by inserting a repeat key in a bookmark of the leaves.
The Designator Manager creates and manages a table of channel links stored as part of the project files. Multi-channel design is supported throughout the design process, including the design change tag in the project file.
Repeat circuit is common in electronics design because it significantly improves development performance because time is not wasted and the redesigned design is re-tested. Often the frequent reuse of a previously designed and developed circle is required. However, it can be difficult to make changes and revisions, especially if your team or organization uses multichannel design.
Altium Designer offers many methods for multi-channel design (i.e., recurring circuits in a single design). The main advantage of the multichannel design is that all changes in the base circle are needed only once. And this change will be immediately visible in all cases.
However, there are many users who have not worked with hierarchical design and are familiar with a methodology. Or some projects are too simple to make the whole design hierarchical. Regardless of the case, there are several legitimate ways in which the project is defined as a simple but necessary replication of the circle and the need to replicate the appearance of that circle.
Multi-channel design provides improved productivity
The goal of reusing the circuit is to increase productivity by eliminating the need for redundant circuit design by multiple designers or engineers. On the other hand, having more designers or engineers doing more audits on the same circuit or module is counterproductive.
What is needed is a real-time communication tool between designers so that all team members can use a single audit and reuse the circle. The following diagram shows a building access structure that allows multiple concurrent access to a revised project. This multi-channel design capability will provide the benefits of using repetitive circuits throughout the cycle life cycle, including during the audit phase.
Non-Transparency Impact on Repeat Circuit Use
With a PCB design that works in design, using a repeating cycle can save a lot of time by not having to redesign and test a previously validated design. This time savings in Repeat circuit can also be achieved by other designers upon completion of the circuit or module.
To ensure the correct use of the circle, the district data must be on a site that is available to team members or other members of your organization. However, this framework suffers from the inability to submit changes and revisions to other designers in real time. This lack of transparency can be a combination of productivity.
To stay current, other designers must repeat the changes in their projects or wait for the revised project to be made available. However, many PCB designers making the same changes to the same modifications dispute the benefits of using repetitive circuits and can lead to multiple audits, development delays, and a loss of design time.
What Slows When Repeat Circuit Use Changes are Difficult?
Repeat the use of the circuit may be the main watchman of the time of PCB design. For example, if you need more modules on the same board as shown above. In such cases, creating repetitive circuitry is a simple copy and paste operation. However, if a group of designers needs access to the same circuit or module, multi-channel design features are required at the same time.
As with most assembly projects, over time they will change to simple replacement parts due to obsolescence of parts, extensions seem to increase functionality or expand connections. Changes can be made quickly in a project. However, other designers or engineers who use the review circle in their design are generally unaware of the changes because they will not have access to the revised design until the end.
Repeat Circuit Use Made Easy with Altium Designer’s Multi-Channel Design
Luckily, there is a way out of the problem of concurrent access to review circles. The Managed Sheets feature in Altium Designer is designed for this multi-channel usage mode. Managed sheets are advanced, multi-part functional devices that use device blades. They provide a multi-channel approach for easy repeatability and monitoring and control of component testing.
Altium Vault is used as centralized universal storage for a component, module, or circuit information, which can include release, revision status, and lifecycle status. Altium’s multifunctional ability to reuse circles is not only highly functional and improves team productivity, but it is also intuitive and easy to use.
Using recurring circles can be beneficial to your PCB design and development. If you’re looking for changes or revisions, the lack of transparency between multiple designers can destroy your productivity gains. Altium’s Managed Sheet feature, however, can only increase productivity for reuse but improve the overall production management process.
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