OrCAD PCB Design Suites


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PCB Design Flow



Real-time PCB Editing

Differitial Pair Routing

Real-time DRC

Constraint Management

3D ECAD MCAD co-design

Translators: Altium, Eagle, PADS etc

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Everything in Standard plus:

Advanced interactive PCB editing

Automated rigid flex design

Design reuse and replication

Advanced diff pair routing

Constraint manager: advanced physical, spacing, and electrical rules

X-net support

Pre-Post layout SI analysis

Autorouting with SPECCTRA

Allegro PCB Designer

The Ultimate PCB

Design Experience

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Everything in Professional, plus:

Auto-interactive routing

Full HDI and Embedded Design

Real-time team based design

Gigabit signal routing and analysis

Advanced DFM Checks and Rules

Automated RF Design and Editing

Schematic Entry and Libraries

Hierarchical and Multi-Sheet Schematics

Snap Functions and Grids

Block Diagram Support

Schematic Symbol Editor

Starter Library with Integrated Cloud Library of Millions of Symbols, Footprints and 3D Models and Custom Library Creation

Comprehensive Project Hierarchy

Rule Definition and Management with Real-Time Design Rule Checking

Open Design Framework

Integrated Spice and SI Simulation

Automated Design Cache

Customizable Component Properties and Bill of Material (BOM) Creation

Graphical Design Compare

Automated Annotation/Back Annotation and Ref Des Assignment

Intelligent PDF Output of Schematic

Built-in Translators (Altium, Mentor, Eagle, more)

PCB Layout Creation and Automatic Netlist Generation within your Schematic

Advanced PCB Layout and Routing

Real-Time Design Synchronization

Cross Probing and Cross Placement of Components Between Schematic and PCB

Automated Intelligent Component Placement Using Quick Place

Component Footprint and Padstack Wizard and Editor

SKILL (programming language, runtime, macro and scripting support)

Cross Section Support and Editor with Unlimited Layers

Splitplane Support

Dynamic Shapes and Pad Suppression with Real-Time Plowing and Healing

Extended Net (XNET) Creation and Rules

Differential Pair Support

Automatically Route Nets by Pick

Interactive and Advanced Routing

Stacked Via Edit and Move

Blind and Buried Via Support

Intelligent PDF Output from Board Design

Import/Export of Cross Section, Colors, Design Rules and Parameters


Interactive Delay Tuning

Dynamic Heads-up Display for Critical Nets

Group Route Via Pattern and Via Array/Shielding

Segment Over Void Detection

Placement Replication

Rule-Based Design

Constraint Manager

Physical and Spacing Rules

Via-in-Pad and Pad Entry/Exit rules

Differential Pair Rules

DFx Rules and Checks

Real-time Active Design Rule Checks (DRC)

Constraint Manager Analysis Mode

Electrical Rules

Layer Set and Matched Group Rules

Propagation Delay Rules

Pin Delay Inclusion and Z-Axis Delay Support

Region-Based Rules

Differential Pairs

Definition of Differential Pairs in Either the Schematic or PCB

Differential Pair Routing

Differential Pair Rules

Dynamic Differential Pair Phase Control Rules

Dynamic Heads-Up Display During Routing

Pin Delay and Z-axis Delay

Automated Rigid Flex Design

Hug Contour Routing

Region-Based Rules

Inter-Layer Checks

Multi-Cross Section and Zone Table Chart Support

Dynamic Zones with Cross Hatch and Solid Planes

3D ECAD/MCAD Co-Design

3D Visualization with Collision Detection

Interactive 2D/3D Cross Probing and Cross Placement

3D Bending (FLEX)

MCAD/ECAD Incremental Design Data Exchange (EDMD)

Mechanical CAD Interface

In-Design Simulation and Analysis

Transient, DC, AC, Bias Point PSpice Analysis

PSpice Modeling Applications

Digital and Basic Analog Device Libraries

Waveform Analysis

IBIS Model Support

Pre-Layout Signal Integrity Analysis

Post-Layout Signal Integrity Analysis

Real-Time Impedance and Coupling Analysis

Placement Density Analysis

Real-Time Electrically Aware Placement Vision to Optimize PCB Layout

Real-Time Visual Routing Trace Optimization and Identification of Common Traces Issues

Manufacturing, Assembly, and Testing Support

Output Formats: Gerber 274x, NC Drill, NC Route, IPC-2581, ODB++, IPC-D-356 Netlist

PCB DesignTrue DFM Wizard and DFM Partner Portal Access

Embed Assembly Notes and IPC-2581 Specs Within PCB

2D Drafting and Dimensioning

Automatic Silkscreen Generation

Variant Assembly Drawing

PCB Panelization

Dynamic Shaped-Based Fillet Support and Line Fattening


DFT: Automatic Test Prep, Test Point Rules

Built to Scale With You

Only pay for what you need today while having the comfort that you can seamlessly scale your design platform to ensure you can always meet the challenges of tomorrow.

Advanced SPICE Simulation & Analysis

Optimize designs and improve reliability, predictability, yield, and cost with complete circuit simulation and verification.

Team Component Library Management

Easily manage part creation and verification throughout your team with a centralized part database.

Design Data Management

Verify design data with revision control for schematic, PCB, and components. Communicate, track changes, and ensure accurate and efficient team collaboration without leaving the design environment. 

Advanced, Rules-Driven Design

Quickly define requirements for critical nets (such as DDR) and drive this data into PCB implementation for accurate and fast PCB layout and routing.

Advanced Signal Integrity Analysis

Go beyond simple geometry-based DRC and evaluate the entire design for impedance discontinuities, excessive crosstalk, return path discontinuities, and more.

RF Microwave Design and Analysis

Model, simulate, and verify all aspects of designs, including: RF/microwave, complex circuits, packaging, and PCBs. 

Component Data and Compliance Management

Analyze components for availability, compliance, and reliability during schematic creation directly within OrCAD. 

Verified, Pre-Built Components

A comprehensive, cloud-based library of millions of components with the ability to search, preview, and place quickly without leaving the native CAD environment. 

Seamless, Electromechanical Co-design

Streamline ECAD/MCAD collaboration with the only native, bi-directional connection between SOLIDWORKS and Cadence OrCAD/Allegro PCB.


We make the transition to OrCAD easy with built-in translators for popular CAD tools such as Altium or Eagle for schematic and KiCAD, PADS, Altium, and Eagle as well as IPC-2581 files for PCB.

Yes! We offer a 30-day trial of the complete OrCAD Suite you can request a trial license here.

We offer a variety of training courses tailored to multiple learning styles and needs. You can learn  more about our training offerings by visiting our training overview page.

One of the many benefits of the OrCAD platform is its scalability. This gives you, the user, the ability to add-on additional functionality such as PI analysis, advanced SPICE simulation, data management, and advanced PCB design capabilities as needed. You only pay for the features you are currently using.

Since the Cadence PCB design tools use a common data structure it is even possible for design teams to have users leveraging different packages based on their individual design needs while still being able to collaborate and share common elements like libraries, models, and other IP.


  • Operating System: Windows 10 (64-bit) Professional, including dark theme mode; Windows Server 2012 (all service packs); Windows Server 2012 R2; Windows Server 2016.

  • Recommended hardware: Intel® CoreTM i7 4.30 GHz or AMD RysenTM 7 4.20 GHz with at least 4 cores, 16GB RAM, 50GB free disk space, 1920 x 1200 display resolution with true color, a dedicated graphics card supporting OpenGL, minimum 2GB (with additional support for DX11 for 3d Canvas), Dual Monitors (for physical design), Broadband Internet connection for some service, Ethernet port/card (for network communications and security hostID), Three-button Microsoft-compatible mouse, Supported MATLAB version: R2019A-64Bit (For the PSpice-MATLAB interface)


  • Operating System: RHEL 6.5 (64-bit); RHEL 7.4 (64-bit); SLES 11 SP4 (64-bit); SLES 12 SP1 (64-bit

  • Recommended Hardware: Intel® 64 (x64 or x86_64) compatible including i3/i5/i7 and r AMD Opteron™/Reyzen™, 8GB (or greater) system memory, 12 GB swap space, 10 GB (or greater) available disk space, TrueColor (65000 colors) required

  • Window Manager: Gnome

OrCAD uses a floating license model which allows purchased licenses to be shared amongst users (one active user per license available). This gives users the flexibility to best leverage their software and ensure consistent usage among potential users.

Licensing Methods

With this method a license is tied to the HOST (aka physical address) of a specific machine. This can be tied to a server or client machine depending on usage needs.

  1. Server: The license is hosted on a server using the servers physical address (HOST ID). User client machines can then connect to the server to access and check-out the license when in use. This allows licensing and access to be centrally managed. Users do need to be able to connect to the server to successfully check out a license with this method.

  2. Computer Host ID: The license is tied to the physical address of the user’s computer (HOST ID or NIC card). The user can then access the license on their machine. No connectivity to an external server is required. This may limit the ability to share the license though as the user’s machine would need to be on the network and active to be shared.

  3. USB Dongle: With this method a license is tied to a USB dongle. This allows the license to be easily transferred between computers and users.

We typically release approximately four updates per year. You can view a complete OrCAD Version History here.

OrCAD is offered in a perpetual or time-based licensing model. This provides users flexibility in how they plan to use and account for the software over time. Both license models include support and updates with initial purchase.

  1. Perpetual License: A perpetual license grants the license holder 99year access to the software (referred to as perpetual access). This license includes access to updates and support for 1year from the initial purchase. The user can then opt to renew their maintenance contract to continue receiving new updates and support going forward. If the user opts not renew maintenance the software will still function, it will just be locked at the last version they user was eligible for and they will not have direct access to technical support. 

  2. Time-based License: A time-based license grants the license holder access to the software for a specific period (1 year for time-based licenses placed through the store*). This license includes access to updates and support for the duration of the term. When the term expires the license and software is no longer available for use and another term must be purchased to continue access.

Users who are on maintenance receive unlimited access to our first-class support team. They can be reached by calling, 877-362-3321 Option 5 or by email at TechSupport@ema-eda.com.

Yes! Our OrCAD certification is included with select training courses for not additional cost. You can learn more about certification here.

Maintenance includes bug fixes, software updates, and unlimited access to technical support.

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