Altium Designer is a software for creating PCB and electronic designs for printed circuit boards. This software was developed by the Australian software company Altium Limited.
In 1985, Protel Systems Pty Ltd launched a DOS-based PCB design application known as Protel PCB (later also known as Autotrax and Easytrax). Initially only sold in Australia. Protel PCB is marketed internationally by HST Technology Pty Ltd. since 1986.
In October 1986, ACCEL Technologies, Inc. based in San Diego was appointed PCB marketing and support program for the US, Canada, and Mexico under the name Tango PCB. In 1987, Protel launched the Protel Schematic circuit diagram editor for DOS.
In 1991, Protel released Advanced Schematic and Advanced PCB 1.0 for Windows (1991-1993), followed by Advanced Schematic/PCB 2.x (1993-1995) and 3.x (1995-1998). In 1998, Protel 98 combined all components, including Advanced Schematic and Advanced PCB, into one environment. Protel 99 in 1999 introduced the first integrated 3D visualization of PCB assembly. Followed by the Protel 99 SE in 2000.
Protel DXP was launched in 2003, Protel 2004 in 2004, Altium Designer 6.0 in 2005.
Altium Designer version 6.8 from 2007 is the first PCB application to offer 3D visualization and PCB clearance checking directly within the PCB editor.
In April 2011, Altium moved its company from Australia to Shanghai, China.