Altium® has officially announced the upcoming launch of a new product that is designed to simplify the experience of working together with other engineers, designers, and stakeholders in the electronic product design process. Altium NEXUS will include cloud-enabled server technology to support collaboration, process management, and data management, hosted in either public or private (on-premise) environments. The core schematic and PCB design technology of Altium NEXUS is identical to that of Altium Designer® 18, sharing 100% of the design capabilities - now and always.
As such, Altium Designer 18.0 and beyond will no longer connect to Vault. Customers and users of Vault can switch to Altium NEXUS in "Vault Compatibility Mode" and connect seamlessly to their existing Vault server with full data integrity and preservation of capabilities. There is no additional charge to customers who are on active maintenance subscriptions, and as stated above, the schematic and PCB capabilities, and user interface of Altium NEXUS and Altium Designer 18.0 are identical.
As a standalone product Vault 3.0 will be our last release with new capabilities, yet the Vault technology will continue to evolve and advance as a core part of Altium NEXUS. In the near future, Altium NEXUS will offer a "Native Mode" version that will expose new capabilities for collaboration, data management, and process management. These new capabilities are made possible through the integration and continued development of technologies from Vault as well as recent Altium acquisitions of Ciiva, Perception Software, and more.