Category Archive: Altium Designer

Aug 16

Altium Design Security Advisory

After troubleshooting a problem I was having with the supplier links in Altium Designer, I recently found that, for at least one of the supplier links (Mouser), your login credentials are being passed in clear text.  Even better, they are in XML that clearly tells anyone watching what they are.  Altium has been notified of …

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Permanent link to this article: http://blog.curioussystem.com/2016/08/altium-design-security-advisory/

Mar 26

Pro Tip: Moving Multiple Component Primitives in Altium Designer

Sometimes you have a design where you don’t want to make a new footprint, but need to move a certain track or via 10 mil one way… for 30 copies of the same footprint.

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Permanent link to this article: http://blog.curioussystem.com/2016/03/pro-tip-moving-multiple-component-primitives-in-altium-designer/

Jan 10

Compact ATX Breakout Board

It sucks when you need 12 VDC and your power supply just died.  Previously we made an ATX breakout board to turn an ATX power supply into a fixed voltage bench DC power supply.  Here we present a board that is designed to be smaller and for use as a backup.

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Permanent link to this article: http://blog.curioussystem.com/2011/01/compact-atx-breakout-board/

Oct 22

Debug adapter for eZ430

For those of you who do prototyping with the eZ430 or eZ430-RF boards, this may be of interest.  It’s a debug adapter that you can put inline to make use of  a logic analyzer or other test equipment easier.  It expands out to 0.1″ spacing posts from the 0.05″ spacing used in the eZ430 connectors. …

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Permanent link to this article: http://blog.curioussystem.com/2010/10/debug-adapter-for-ez430/

Jul 22

Altium Designer Overbar or Overline

While trying to move to a new EDA package, Altium Designer, I had a really hard time finding out how to put a overbar, or overline on top of a pin designator. This is usually used for active low signals. In Eagle PCB you just put an exclamation in front of the signal, or around …

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Permanent link to this article: http://blog.curioussystem.com/2009/07/altium-designer-overbar-or-overline/