OrCAD PCB Design & Analysis Suites

OrCAD PCB Design & Analysis Suites provide the industry’s best mix of cutting edge capabilities and tremendous user value. With OrCAD suites you can be assured you have the technology you need to meet today’s toughest design challenges.

All PCB Design Suites Include:


Industry Standard OrCAD
Schematic Capture


Cadence PCB Editor with
Real-Time Design


Manufacturing Outputs with
Integrated DFM Checking


Local Support and
Product Updates

Select License Term


Complete Front to Back

PCB Design Flow



*Most Popular*

Advanced PCB Design for

First Pass Success

$2,300 / yr

All Standard Benefits, plus:


Complete Front to Back

PCB Design Flow



*Most Popular*

Advanced PCB Design for

First Pass Success


All Standard Benefits, plus:

Compare PCB Design Suites

Schematic Entry and Libraries
OrCAD Capture Schematic Entry
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

All PSpice Suites Include:

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Extensive Simulation
Model Library


Multiple Simulation Types for
Advanced Mixed Signal Simulation


Comprehensive Waveform
Analysis & Reporting


Local Support
& Product Updates

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PSpice Designer

The Gold Standard in
PCB Simulation and Analysis

$2,400 / yr

PSpice Designer Plus

*Most Popular*

Advanced Simulation for Improving Reliability,
Predictability, Yield, and Cost

$4,800 / yr

All PSpice Designer Benefits, plus:

PSpice Designer

The Gold Standard in
PCB Simulation and Analysis


PSpice Designer Plus

*Most Popular*

Advanced Simulation for Improving Reliability,
Predictability, Yield, and Cost


All PSpice Designer Benefits, plus:

Compare PSpice Design Suites

Integrated Simulation
Simulation Capacity
Up to 250 nodes
Open Architecture and Processing Platform
Full Integration with OrCAD Capture
Schematic Probe Assignment
Checkpoint Restart Functionality
Real-Time Failure and Warning Detection
Color Coded Simulation Results
Bias Point Results within the Schematic
Multi-core Engine Support
Auto-convergence Engine
IBIS/DML Model Support
Export Simulation and Graphical Results
Libraries and Modeling
Multi-Vendor Models
Digital Device Libraries
Basic Analog Libraries
Modeling Apps
Analog Behavioral Models
Advanced Analog Libraries
Model Editor
Stimulus Editor
Magnetic Parts Editor
SystemC/C++, Verilog A, Verilog AMS Modeling and Analysis
Advanced Mixed-Signal Simulation
Multiple Simulation Types
Parametric Sweep
Temperature Sweep
Worst-Case timing
Component Stress
Monte Carlo
Component Tolerance
Parametric Plotter
Electromechanical Systems (MATLAB Integration)
Analysis & Reporting
Customizable Waveform Window
Last Plot Viewing
Built-in Functions for Complex Waveform Measurements
Waveform Plots for Real and Complex Functions
Expanded Set of Mathematical Functions
Interactive Waveform Viewer and Analyzer

Built to Scale With You

Only pay for what you need today, then seamlessly scale your design platform to meet the challenges of tomorrow. Have questions? See our FAQ.

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.

In-Design SI/PI Analysis

Go beyond 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. 

PCB Library On-Demand with 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.

Maximize Your PCB Productivity

Unique collection of PCB Editor routines that automate common tasks and help you complete your designs fast and with high confidence.

Easy, Collaborative Board Bring Up & Test

Revolutionary AR platform provides a single digital thread from design through test to enable fast and accurate board bring up and test.

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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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