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Sensor City signs agreement with Altium to bolster design productivity

Sensor City has announced that it is partnering with Altium, the software company, to give SMEs access to specialist design software that will enable them to rapidly prototype their innovations and reduce time to market.

The sponsorship, which is intended to help Sensor City position itself as a global hub for sensor technology will help to improve and support the design productivity and innovation capabilities of businesses in the Liverpool City Region. The deal comprises of access to 100 Altium Designer’s On-Demand licenses and £750,000 worth of Vault add-on support.

These licenses will be used for commercial PCB design and in-house training and will be supplied to new and existing companies working within the building, providing a flexible, streamlined approach to prototyping and printed circuit board design within Sensor City.

Altium’s Designer software provides schematic capture, layout and prototyping tools to develop next-generation high-performance electronics. Its easy-to-use interface enables businesses to complete large, complete designs quickly and accurately.

The sponsorship will also see Sensor City bring 100 Altium Vault add-on software license subscriptions worth £750,000 to benefit its community of SMEs. Altium Vault provides secure storage solutions and security integrity for data generated from a board design and models, while also enabling the re-release of data as distinctly separate revisions – essentially tracking design changes over time without overwriting any previously released data.

Commenting, John Kenny, head of engineering at Sensor City said: “Altium Designer and Vault software are essential tools for electronic circuit prototyping and commercial product development. Being able to use this high-end software alongside our PCB fabrication facilities will allow us to design and fabricate complex electronics as a fully integrated service.”

“Our vision at Altium is to enable engineers and system designers to break down barriers to innovation and technological advancement by providing them with easy access to the best possible design solutions,” said Chris Potts, senior marketing manager. “Sensor City inspires collaboration and innovation, and our partnership will help them continue in their goal to make Liverpool a global hub for sensor technologies.”

Neil Tyler

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