Introduction to PSpice 17.4

This walk-through introduces OrCAD PSpice Designer, version 17.4. After you complete this topic, you will be able to:

  • Open PSpice and create a new project
  • Navigate through the PSpice Start page
  • Access PSpice online learning and Help resources

To follow along, download the design files included in the Materials tab above.

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Step 1: Select Windows Start > Cadence PCB 17.4-2019 > Capture CIS 17.4.

Step 2: Select an OrCAD suite that contains PSpice.

Note: The OrCAD Start Page is opened. The right of the Start page shows the latest version of the OrCAD available as well as the version downloaded and installed on the current machine.  New articles are posted by Cadence and below that you can see your channel partner along with contact information.  Below the Start Menu there are tabs for the following:

  • Home: Navigates back to the Start Page.
  • Resources: Helpful links for the User Manual, a flow tutorial, Cadence help, PSpice resources, OrCAD what’s new and OrCAD videos.
  • Apps: Apps that work in conjunction with your OrCAD software.

Step 3: Select the New Project button in the start page.

Step 4: Assign a name and browse to the location to save.

Step 5: Select Enable PSpice Simulation and click OK.

Note:  Try not to use any spaces in your project name or project directory as the tool runs best this way.

Step 6: Select Create a blank project and click OK.

Note: This will begin your design with a blank schematic. The following PSpice controls verify you are working within PSpice:

  • PSpice is included within the main toolbar
  • Analog or mixed A/D is included in the header of your project manager
  • PSpice simulation icons are included in the main toolbar  

The following are additional resources included in the tool:

  • Learning PSpice: General overview of PSpice, analysis tips, basic electronics, and application notes. In these interactive tutorials you can see explanations, schematics, and sub circuits. (Select Help > Learning PSpice)
  • Cadence Online Support: Search Cadence databases for answers to questions about the tools and other learning resources. (Select Help > Cadence Online Support)
  • Demo Designs: Demo designs are compatible with various Cadence tools. (Select File > Open > Demo Designs)
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