Altium Tutorial – Smaller clearance under BGA or Footprint

When you are doing layout, sometimes you may want to use a special rule in a specific area, for example if you have a BGA with a very small pitch, which requires a special clearance rule to fanout the tracks. The simplest way to set the special rule in Altium Designer is to set a clearance rule under a specific footprint. Watch this video to see how to do it.

How to download Altium templates – PCIE card, COM Express and other form factors

Altium has a lot of free templates for different form factors. For example, if you need to design a PCIE card, you don’t have to create it from scratch. You can download it and it will save you a lot of time. Here is the link to the Altium design content website:

Learn Altium Essentials – Doing PCB Layout (Lesson 4)

Component placement & routing in Altium Designer.

Altium – How to Export PCB to 3D PDF

Have you ever wanted to export your PCB from Altium into a 3D PDF? This video explains how you can do that ….

Length Matching in Altium

This video explains how to setup a Length Matching Rule and do Interactive Length Tuning in Altium Designer.

Altium – How to COPY Component Placement

In case you would like to COPY & PASTE component placement from an existing board to a new Altium project, you can do so very easily. Watch this video.

Octopart in Altium – Compare price, suppliers, stock and see datasheet

Simply press right click in Altium and you can find all the information about the selected component: suppliers, price, stock, datasheet. Cool stuff.

How is a multilayer PCB made?

This video will show you how the layers of a multi-layer PCB are put together. Thank you very much to our PCB manufacturer where I could make this video. Enjoy :)

iMX6 Module Layout – Complete PCB Routing

If you are interested, you can download this PCB layout files in Altium Designer from – It’s free :)

Bringing up i.MX6 Board to Life – from unpacking to booting

Check out more about this open source project at (All the files are free for download – including PCB Layout in Altium Designer). The iMX6 Rex is a small module based on Freescale i.MX6 CPU with DDR3, PCIE, SATA, Gb Ethernet, HDMI, LVDS, ….

Altium – How to Create Net Class and Differential Pair Class

This short video explains how you can set up NetClasses and Differential Par Classes in Altium Designer.