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
Cadence PCB Editor with
Manufacturing Outputs with
Integrated DFM Checking
Local Support and
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.