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OrCAD PCB Design Professional
For proven, scalable, cost-effective PCB editing and routing

The Cadence® OrCAD® PCB Designer Professional suite contains everything needed to take a PCB design from concept to production with a fully integrated design flow–including design capture, component tools, a PCB editor, and an auto/interactive router as well as interfaces for manufacturing, and mechanical CAD.

Key Technologies
PCB Designer Professional
  • Cadence OrCAD Capture, a comprehensive solution for entering, modifying, and verifying complex system designs quickly and cost-effectively
  • Cadence OrCAD PCB Editor, based on Allegro technology: an intuitive, easy-to-use, constraint-driven environment for creating and editing simple to complex PCBs
  • Cadence SPECCTRA® for OrCAD, the leading solution for automatic and interconnect PCB routing

  • Proven, scalable, cost-effective PCB editing and routing solution that grows as needed
  • Provides a complete interconnect environment
  • Includes a comprehensive feature set
  • Features a front-to-back constraint management system for constraint creation, management, and validation
  • Increases productivity through application integration
  • Tight front-to-back integration

Design Capture Technology
OrCAD Capture offers a comprehensive solution for entering, modifying, and verifying complex system designs quickly and cost-effectively.

Constraint management defines rules for individual nets, differential pairs, regions, specific layers, specific rules for nets on layers, and more.

Advanced PCB editing provides for real time heads up display, and gives instant feedback if you are meeting routing requirements.

Schematic editing enables users to place and connect parts from a comprehensive set of functional libraries.

Project management enables users to collect and organize all the resources needed for the project throughout the design flow.

Hierarchical design and reuse enables subcircuit reuse—without having to make multiple copies.

Libraries and part editing enables users to create and edit parts in the library or directly from the schematic page without interrupting workflow.

Easy data entry allows designers to access all part, net, pin, and title block properties or any subset and make changes quickly through the spreadsheet property editor.

PCB Editor Technology
Feature summary

  Unlimited database   Exposed copper DRC
  Netlist/crossplace/crossprobe   Interactive routing/etch editing
  Padstack and symbol editor   Automatic silkscreen generation
  Split plane support   Customizable/automated drill legend/NC output
  Multiple via sizes, blind/buried via support   SKILL runtime, macro, and script support
  Autoplacement/Quickplace/Floorplanner   Variant assembly drawing creation
  IFF import   Variant bill-of-materials generation
  2-D drafting and dimensioning   Dynamic shapes with real-time plowing and healing
  Gerber 274X, 274D artwork output generation   CAD interfaces – DXF (Ver.14), IDF (Ver. 2 and 3)
  Multiple UNDO/REDO   PCB interfaces – OrCAD Layout, PADS (Ver.5), P-CAD (Ver.8)
  Valor ODB++, ODB++(X) and universal viewer      Constraint manager (physical, spacing, properties, and DRC)
  HTML-based reports   Manual testprep

PCB Editing Environment provides an intuitive, easy-to-use, constraint-driven environment for creating and editing simple to complex PCBs.

Floorplanning and placement is driven by the constraint and rules-driven methodology.

Interactive etch editing delivers controlled automation to maintain user control, while maximizing routing productivity.

Dynamic push-and-shove capabilities make interactive editing easy

Dynamic shapes technology offers real-time copper pour plowing/healing functionality. Shape parameters can be applied at three different levels.

PCB manufacturing features include a full suite of photo-tooling, bare-board fabrication and test outputs, including Gerber 274x, NC drill, and bare-board test, generated in a variety of formats.

PCB Autorouter Technology
  6 signal layer limit   Interactive via search
  Shape-based or gridded autorouting   Interactive routing with shoving and plowing
  SMD fanout   Interactive Floorplanning
  Trace width by net and net classes   Online design rule checking
  Staggered pin support   Flip, rotate, align, push, and move components
  45-degree ECO routing   Placement density analysis
  Memory pattern routing (SMD or through-hole)  

Automated interconnect environment solves the challenges of complex interconnect routing with powerful, automated technology.

Autorouting with fast, high completion rates. Routing algorithms are designed to handle a wide range of PCB interconnect challenges—from simple to complex, low density to high density.

Interactive route editing simplifies and streamlines the etch editing process. As new conductors are routed, the plowing feature automatically pushes aside existing conductors and routes around pins.

Placement editing allows designers to quickly place components while simultaneously evaluating space, logic flow, and congestion before beginning the route or as needed during the routing process.

PCB editor integration Through the PCB editor interface, all design information and constraints are automatically passed to the router. Once the route is completed, all route information is automatically passed back to the PCB editor.

Optional Advanced Simulation Technology
PSpice A/D is a full-featured analog simulator with support for digital elements to help solve virtually any design challenge—from high-frequency systems to low-power IC designs.

Additional tools are available and can be added to the Professional package:
  • Analog mixed signal simulation
  • Advanced analysis
  • 256 layer autorouting
  • Component data management
  • FPGA PCB co-design
  • Full signal integrity analysis

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