The traditional model of a design component faithfully extends across all aspects of the electronics design process. However, to seamlessly fit the process of electronics design into the encapsulating product development process as a whole, this model needs to evolve –- extending to cover other aspects including other design processes, in particular MCAD and Industrial Design, as well as business processes –- such as procurement and manufacturing –- that intersect with the product development process.
This document provides information on Altium's next generation component management, and how this meshes seamlessly with the wider Design Data Management System.
Modeling all these different aspects of the object is fundamental to linking together the different parts of the design process into a single unified whole. Having a single component that models all the different aspects of the object is also critical for enabling a designer to maintain a truly holistic view of the design.
This whitepaper takes a look at how Altium solves this problem through its Unified Component model, and a new approach to component management that harnesses the power of this model.