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Altium acquires Toronto-based Upverter


Toronto-based electronic design innovator Upverter Inc. has been acquired by Altium, a leading global provider of design software for the electronics industry.

In a blog post on his firm’s website, Upverter CEO Zak Homuth outlined the motivations behind the deal. “Altium shares our vision for a powerful, collaborative new style of product design software. Free, but powerful enough to design a real product, accessible-to-all, cloud-based and collaborative, and maybe, most importantly, incredibly intuitive, helpful even, and easy-to-use,” says Homuth.

Upverter CEO Zak Homuth

Upverter’ mission from the outset has been to make hardware and product design approachable for everyone, and to make hardware less hard, according to Homuth.

“To empower engineers, makers, hobbyists and students by equipping them with world-class technology through an intuitive user experience,” says Homuth. “We believe the best design tools fade into the background, freeing designers to be truly creative.”

Over the past seven years Homuth and his team have built a very sophisticated cloud-based, collaborative hardware design tool, responsible for assisting more than 45,000 people design more than 80 thousand devices.

“It will always be free to use, for everyone, from anywhere. Regardless of whether you’re a professional electrical engineer, a maker, a student, a hobbyist or anyone else, you can now design your product, your hardware, your IOT device, your pcb – completely for free using Upverter,” Homuth enthuses.

The entire team that built Upverter will join Altium, while striving to make improvements, according to Homuth’s blog post. Staff transitioning plans also includes growing the Upverter team.

“We have a grand vision of making it possible for our users to design more than just a pcb – a complete product: system design, schematic, pcb, enclosure, mechanical, firmware, software, BOM, manufacturing, etc. All collaborative – easy to use – a unified product design,” Homuth states.