OrCAD is a brand of schematic and printed circuit boards design environment. OrCAD Capture is used as a schematic editor. PCB Designer (based on Cadence Allegro technologies), used as a PCB editor, is inexpensive, but quite functional solution. In addition to the schematic and PCB editor, the CAD contains a Constraint manager, an Autorouter, Signal Integrity analysis functions, including everything you need to import data, interface with mechanical CAD and output production files.

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Customers are offered two configurations:

OrCAD PCB Designer Standard

Basic PCB CAD containing Capture schematic editor and OrCAD PCB Editor with basic functionality, including impedance calculation, work with differential pairs taking into account static phase along the entire length, physical rules and restrictions, 3D editor, and all necessary functions of import and export for the preparation of design documentation.

 OrCAD PCB Designer Professional

Advanced CAD. In addition to the capabilities of OrCAD PCB Designer Standard, it contains features for creating match-groups and aligning high-speed signals and DDR buses, semi-auto multiplication of repeating routing fragments, dynamic control of the phase of differential pairs, and everything you need to route complex high-speed PCBs. Also included in this configuration is the SPECCTRA auto-router and signal integrity analysis software. In terms of functionality, the configuration of OrCAD PCB Designer Professional is very close to Allegro PCB Designer (without the CIS function). There is also a configuration that adds a circuit simulator – OrCAD Professional with PSpice.

OrCAD can be expanded with options, along with the growth of your needs and the level of complexity of developments. You can also upgrade to a more functional Allegro PCB Designer license, while maintaining full compatibility of your projects and the same user graphical interface.

The following extensions are available for working in the OrCAD design environment:

It is possible to simplify the generation of PCB footprints using the OrCAD Library Builder.

OrCAD Standard – optimal PCB CAD for small companies

OrCAD Standard CAD capabilities: PCB editor powered by Cadence Allegro™ PCB Editor Rule editor in tabular form Differential Pairs Unlimited Layers Import from P-CAD®, Altium®, DXF Export to Gerber + NC-Drill, DXF, IDF, IDX, mechanical CAD Support for STEP 3D models Availability of PSpice® circuit simulator (basic configuration) Library of components and SPICE models (more…

OrCAD Professional

OrCAD® PCB Designer – This is a package of programs and utilities designed for the design of printed circuit boards. It is equally well suited for the development of simple projects, and for PCB of medium complexity. OrCAD Professional includes the following features: Autorouter. Possibility of in-circuit modeling (included in OrCAD Professional with PSPICE). Schematic editor…