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How to Use Pre-Built Symbols and Footprints for New Database Components

Accessing a database of accurate, verified symbols and footprints is essential for efficient PCB design; however, model creation and verification for complex components is time-consuming and any errors can have detrimental effects on the functionality of the design. OrCAD Component Information Portal (CIP) directly integrates with Ultra Librarian, allowing users to find and utilize pre-built symbols and footprints for database components.

This quick how-to will provide step-by-step instructions on how to associate and use verified symbols, footprints, and 3D models from Ultra Librarian  for new database components in OrCAD CIP.  

How-To Video

Opening OrCAD CIP

Step 1: In OrCAD Capture CIS, select CIP > Open CIP from the menu.

Step 2: If necessary, log in with your username and password.

Distributor Search in OrCAD CIP

Step 3: Select Distributor Search from the CIP menu.

Searching for a New Part

Search Configuration in OrCAD CIP

Step 4: Check Digikey as the distributor.

Step 5: From the Search Type drop-down menu, select Manufacturer Part Number.

Step 6: In the Search Text field, type CYD18S72V18-200BGI.

Step 7: Select Search.

Step 8: From the returned search results, select the reported component.

Accessing Ultra Librarian through CIP

Step 9: Review the component information.

Step 10: In the Ultra Librarian login, enter your username and password and select Log in to Ultra Librarian.

Note: For new Ultra Librarian users, select the Click Here in the Ultra Librarian section to be brought to the registration page.

Step 11: Under the Ultra Librarian integration, select Preview.

Step 12: View the preview of the symbol, footprint, and 3D Model.

Ultra Librarian Symbol Preview

Step 13: For the symbol, select the drop-down menu under Normal to view the additional schematic symbols.

Note: For some components, alternate footprint configurations are available for minimum, typical, and maximum pad sizes according to IPC specifications. 

Step 14: For the 3D model, click and drag to rotate the component.

Step 15: Click the X or Cancel to close the preview.

Adding a Component to the Database

Step 16: Select the Component View drop-down menu and choose ICs.

Ultra Librarian Symbol and Footprint in OrCAD CIP

Step 17: Under Action, leave the default Create TMP Part.

Step 18: Under Schematic Part, select the UL radio button.

Step 19: Under PCB Footprint, select the UL radio button.

Step 20: Select Add.

Note: If you receive an error that no library folders are found, Ultra Librarian needs to be configured by an administrator using the following steps:

  1. Select Admin > Configuration from the CIP menu.
  2. Select the Other tab.
  3. Under Ultra Librarian Configuration Directory, select the pencil to edit.
  4. Check Enable Common Directory.
  5. Set the Common Directory paths for Symbols, Footprints, Padstacks, and Step Models.
  6. Under Save Schematic Symbols to Single OLB, check Enable.
  7. Provide a name for the library, such as UL.OLB.
  8. Under Duplicate Symbol Handling, click the drop-down menu and select the desired action. Admins can choose from:
    • Skip to skip the Symbol Generation for duplicate symbols
    • Overwrite to overwrite the current symbol with the new symbol
    • Append Number to add the duplicate symbol with the addition of a number in the name
  9. When finished, select the check mark next to Ultra Librarian Common Directory Settings to save the configuration.

Viewing the Component

Step 21: View the temporary component. The symbol, footprint, and 3D model have been automatically assigned along with the parametric and distributor information from Digikey.

Step 22: Select the PCB Footprint Preview button and click Preview.

Note: If the footprint preview is not configured, select CIP > Settings from the menu. Set the Footprint Viewer Exe to: C:\Cadence\SPB_22.1\tools\bin\allegro_free_viewer_classic.exe.

Step 23: In the PCB canvas, select the 3D icon on the toolbar to view the pre-mapped STEP model.

Step 24: Leave the defaults in the 3D Canvas Filter and click OK.

Footprint and 3D Model Preview in OrCAD CIP

Step 25: View the PCB Footprint and 3D Model.

Step 26: Close the 3D Model and PCB footprint preview.

Step 27: Back in OrCAD CIP, close the PCB Footprint preview window.

Step 28: Select the Symbol Preview button.

Symbol Preview in OrCAD CIP

Step 29: View the schematic symbol preview.

Note: Select the letters across the top to see the multiple sections of the schematic symbol.

Step 30: Select Place to place the symbol in the schematic canvas.

Step 31: Click to place all sections of the schematic symbol in OrCAD Capture CIS. Right-click and select End Mode or ESC on the keyboard when finished.

Note: The temporary part can be utilized in the schematic while the component is reviewed and approved.

Wrap Up & Next Steps

Easily integrate OrCAD CIP and Ultra Librarian to expedite the PCB design process and ensue accuracy of your database component models. Automatic mapping and download of verified, pre-built symbols, footprints, and 3D models lets you add new components to the database with confidence and quickly continue with the design process.

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