Altium platform to connect electronics industry ecosystem

Altium Limited

Thursday, 29 April, 2021

Altium platform to connect electronics industry ecosystem

Software company Altium has announced the launch of Nexar, a cloud-based partner platform designed to connect the rapidly growing community of Altium 365 PCB design users and their companies with the software, suppliers and manufacturers needed to transform ideas into smart and connected products.

Electronics industry researchers estimate that there are 31 billion internet-connected devices in the world today, with consumer demand growing that number to 75 billion by 2025. Growth of that magnitude is driving the need to reimagine the way that the electronics industry works together, evolving from ‘tool chains’ and isolated job functions to integrated environments and collaborative workflows.

Over 5000 companies and 11,000 users have so far adopted the Altium 365 cloud platform for electronics design. With the introduction of Nexar, partners can join this ecosystem of electronics innovators to make their software and services available to Altium 365 users.

“Altium is committed to making our vision for industry transformation a reality,” said Ted Pawela, Chief Ecosystem Officer at Altium. “Design, supply chain and manufacturing stakeholders today operate largely in isolation from one another. By bringing them together on a collaborative, cloud platform, we have the opportunity to dramatically accelerate the industry’s ability to introduce new products.”

Partners can use Nexar’s open API by integrating with Altium 365 and Altium NEXUS; presenting up-to-date component data from the Octopart search engine; and embedding ready-to-use embeds, such as the Altium 365 ECAD viewer, on webpages or within an application. Partner categories for the ecosystem may include but are not limited to:

  • software companies, including ECAD, MCAD, CAE, PLM and ERP
  • board fabricators and electronic manufacturing service (EMS) companies
  • electronic component distributors and manufacturers
  • engineering service providers.

“Our goal is to build a vibrant ecosystem of customers and partners who benefit from each other’s participation,” Pawela said. “We are doing everything possible to make the experience of joining this ecosystem frictionless.”

To learn more about Nexar and become a Nexar partner for free, visit

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