PSpice

Easily verify circuit behavior and optimize your designs with industry-leading, SPICE simulation.

Achieve Peak Electrical Circuit Performance

Simulate, analyze, and optimize your circuit functionality with the world’s most reliable SPICE simulator. PSpice delivers a complete circuit simulation and verification solution with native analog/mixed-signal analysis.

"With OrCAD PSpice Designer, design problems are found much earlier, saving crucial time and money often spent in building and debugging ECU boards within system prototypes."
Santosh Birajdar
Senior Manager, Electrical and Electronics PV, Tata Motors

Comprehensive SPICE Simulation Across The Board

PSpice includes a comprehensive of tools and analysis engines to allow you quickly and accuratley perform the simulations you need for the task at hand.

Analog & Mixed Signal Simulation Types Include:
Transient Bias Point DC Sweep AC Sweep Noise Analysis Temperature Sweep Parametric Sweep Monte Carlo Fourier Component Stress Component Tolerance Optimization Parameter Analysis Electro-Mechanical Frequency Response WCCA

The PSpice Advantage

Get the gold standard in SPICE simulation for fast simulation times, highest accuracy, and consistent converge you need.

Seamless Environment for Design and Simulation

A single environment for both design and simulation streamlines the analysis of critical circuits using native analog and mixed-signal engines directly in the schematic. Only document and model your circuits once- seamless integration between OrCAD Capture and PSpice allows SPICE model assignment and easy-to-understand color-coded simulation results directly in the schematic canvas.

Advanced Mixed-Signal Simulation and Optimization

Achieve comprehensive circuit analysis with multiple mixed-signal simulation options in PSpice including time domain (transient), DC sweep, AC sweep, and Bias Point. Advanced analysis enables design optimization with temperature sweeps, sensitivity analysis, Monte Carlo analysis, and more to improve yield, reduce design costs, increase reliability, and fine-tune circuit behavior.

Get the Results You Need, Quickly

Simulation results are worthless, unless they can be transformed into the analysis you need. With PSpice, it’s easy to visualize circuit behavior with best-in-class waveform viewing and analysis capabilities. Easily transform results to analyze Bode Plots, Fourier transforms, derivatives, and more and automatically calculate numerical measurements using built-in analog and mathematical functions to guarantee proper circuit functionality and performance.

Explore Our Analysis & Reporting Capabilities

  • Band Pass
  • High Pass
  • Low Pass
  • Admittance
  • Average
  • Bode Plot
  • Conductance
  • Current Gain
  • Voltage Gain
  • Derivative
  • Fall Time of Step Response
  • First Peak
  • Fourier Transform
  • Impedance
  • Linear
  • Log
  • Nyquist Plot
  • Overshoot of Step Response
  • Period
  • Phase Difference
  • Pulse Width
  • Resistance
  • Rise Time of Step Response
  • Rms
  • Square Root
  • Absolute
  • Sign Function
  • Square Root
  • Exponential
  • LOG/Ln/LOG10
  • Magnitude and Magnitude in decibels
  • Phase
  • Real and Imaginary Parts
  • Power
  • SIN and Cosine (Cos)
  • Tangent (Tan) and Inverse Tangent (Arctan)
  • Derivative
  • Integral
  • Average and RMS Average
  • Minimum and Maximum
  • Bandwidth
  • Center Frequency
  • Conversion Gain
  • Cutoff Highpass and Lowpass
  • Duty Cycle and Nth Duty Cycle
  • Fall Time
  • Gain Margin
  • MATLAB Function
  • Maximum and Minimum
  • Overshoot
  • Peak and Nth Peak
  • Period
  • Phase Margin
  • Power Dissipation
  • Pulse Width
  • Bandpass: Bandwidth and Q
  • Rise Time and Settling Time
  • Slew Rate: Fall and Rise
  • Swing
  • Zero Cross

Download & Create Models with Ease

PSpice includes a library of over 33,000 simulation-ready models from various IC vendors for quick definition and simulation of critical circuits. Modeling wizards allow efficient modification of pre-defined models for sources, switches, transformers, capacitors, inductors, and more as well as rapid creation of common components and magnetic parts. Integrated C/C++ and SPICE simulation engines enable you to fully model mixed-signal electronic devices at any level of abstraction directly from the schematic.

Explore Our Library Capabilities

  • Amplifiers and Linear ICs
  • Analog Behavior Models
    • Leverages mathematical relationships to model circuit segments
  • Data Converters
  • Discrete
  • Electro-Mechanical
  • Ideal Devices
  • Logic
  • Magnetics
  • Memory
  • OptoElectronics
  • Passives
  • Power Management
  • Programmable Devices
  • Simulator Command
  • Sources
  • Special Functions
  • Switches
  • LEDs
  • Diodes
  • Zener Diodes
  • Switches
  • Transformers
  • Voltage Controlled Oscillators (VCOs)
  • Transient Voltage Suppressors (TVS)
  • PWL Sources
  • Pulse Sources
  • Sine Sources
  • DC Sources
  • Exponential Sources
  • Impulse Sources
  • FM Sources
  • Three Phase Sources
  • Noise Sources
  • Buffers/Inverters
  • XOR/XNOR
  • OR/NOR
  • AND/NAND
  • Digital Constant
  • Latches
    • SR
    • SR-Set/Reset
    • D
    • D-Set/Reset
  • Flip Flops
    • Clocked SR
    • Clocked JK
    • Clocked D
    • Clocked T
  • Controlled Sources
    • VCVS
    • VCCS
    • CCVS
    • CCCS
  • Ground
  • Current and Voltage Sources
    • AC
    • DC
    • Pulse
    • Sine
    • Exponential
    • FM Sine
  • Digital
    • Gates
    • Flip Flops
    • ADC
    • DAC
    • Memory
  • Discretes
    • Diode
    • NPN
    • PNP
    • NMOS
    • PMOS
    • N-JFET
    • P-JEFT
    • GAsFET
    • IGBT
    • OpAmp
  • Passives
    • Resistor
    • Capacitor
    • Inductor
    • Potentiometer
    • Coupling
    • TLine (Ideal and Lossy)

Quickly configure manufacturer’s SPICE models to simulate realistic circuit behavior with the easy, wizard-driven import.  The Model Import wizard supports the creation and compiling of Device Model Interface (DMI) models with:

  • System C/C++
  • Verilog A
  • Verilog AMS

Electro-Mechanical Co-Simulation and Analysis

Bi-Directional integration between PSpice and MATLAB Simulink creates a cohesive environment to obtain an accurate full system, electro-mechanical simulation and analysis. Easily combine electrical simulations into system-level analysis, configure customizable settings, and utilize advanced MATLAB plotting capabilities within PSpice to analyze real-life results and debug complete systems virtually.

Software Hardware Co-Design

Device Model Interface (DMI) models enable users to virtually prototype components which are typically difficult to model by defining their behavior with code. DMI models can be used to define the behavior of complex or specialty parts to perform a comprehensive analysis of circuit behavior. PSpice allows you to build and compile DMI models in using System C/C++, Verilog A, and Verilog AMS.

Use PSpice For

PSpice is used by engineers across the globe building critical products for multiple industries.

PSpice for Automotive Electronics Applications

PSpice enables automotive engineers to model and predict circuit behavior under various conditions, to identify and resolve of potential issues early in the design process. This leads to more reliable, efficient, and cost-effective automotive electronic systems, which are crucial for the safety and performance of modern vehicles.

Why PSpice for Automotive:

  • Predictive Analysis: PSpice allows for detailed simulations of circuit behavior, helping engineers anticipate how circuits will perform under different scenarios.
  • Cost Efficiency: By identifying and addressing potential issues early in the design phase, PSpice reduces the need for costly physical prototypes and rework.
  • Reliability: Ensures the robustness of automotive electronic systems by simulating various operating conditions and stress factors, leading to more reliable end products.
  • Optimization: Facilitates the fine-tuning of circuit designs for better performance, efficiency, and integration with other vehicle systems.
  • Safety: Enhances the safety of automotive electronics by allowing engineers to rigorously test and validate circuits against industry standards and regulations before implementation.

PSpice is used in Automotive for Designing:

Power Electronics:

  • Battery Management Systems (BMS) 
  • Power Distribution Units (PDU) 
  • DC-DC Converters 
  • Motor Drive Inverters 
  • Thermal Management 
  • State of Charge (SoC) and State of Health (SoH) Estimation 

Engine Control Units (ECUs):

  • Fuel Injection Systems 
  • Ignition Systems

Infotainment Systems:

  • Audio and Visual Systems 
  • Navigation Systems

Safety and Driver Assistance Systems:

  • Airbag Control Systems
  • Anti-lock Braking Systems (ABS)

Lighting and Display Systems:

  • LED Headlights and Taillights 
  • Dashboard Displays 

PSpice for Medical Device Applications

Medical device engineers use PSpice to ensure the design and functionality of their medical devices meet stringent safety and performance standards. PSpice enables the detailed modeling and analysis of complex circuits, allowing engineers to predict and optimize the behavior of medical devices under various conditions. This capability is crucial for developing reliable, efficient, and safe medical equipment, ultimately enhancing patient care and reducing the risk of device failure.

Why PSpice for Medical:

  • Safety and Compliance: PSpice helps ensure that medical devices meet regulatory standards and perform safely under all operating conditions by thoroughly simulating circuit behavior.
  • Reliability: Enhances the dependability of life-critical devices like pacemakers and defibrillators by allowing for comprehensive testing and validation of circuit designs.
  • Cost Efficiency: Reduces development costs by identifying and addressing potential design issues early in the development process, minimizing the need for physical prototypes.
  • Performance Optimization: Enables the fine-tuning of electronic circuits in medical devices for optimal performance, improving accuracy and functionality.
  • Innovation: Facilitates the rapid prototyping and testing of new medical device concepts, accelerating the development of advanced technologies and treatments.

PSpice is used in Medical Device Engineering for Designing:

  • Implantable Medical Devices:
    • Pacemakers and Defibrillators
    • Cochlear Implants

  • Diagnostic Equipment:
    • Electrocardiograms (ECGs)
    • Imaging Systems

  • Therapeutic Devices:
    • Infusion Pumps 
    • Electrosurgical Units
       
  • Monitoring Equipment:
    • Patient Monitors
    • Glucose Monitors

  • Wearable Health Devices:
    • Fitness Trackers
    • Smart Health Watches

  • Prosthetics and Rehabilitation Devices:
    • Electronic Prosthetics
    • Neurostimulators

PSpice for Mil/Aero Electronics Applications

Engineers in the military or aerospace industry use PSpice to design and validate complex electronic systems that must meet rigorous performance, reliability, and safety standards. This capability is crucial for developing advanced technologies used in critical applications such as avionics, communication systems, and defense electronics, where failure is not an option.

Why PSpice for Mil/Aero:

  • Extreme Environment Testing: PSpice simulates circuit behavior under harsh conditions, such as high altitude, temperature extremes, and radiation, ensuring reliable performance in demanding environments.
  • Reliability and Safety: Ensures the robustness and safety of critical systems, such as avionics and defense electronics, by thoroughly testing and validating circuit designs.
  • Cost and Time Efficiency: Reduces the need for extensive physical prototyping and testing, cutting down development costs and time-to-market for military and aerospace projects.
  • Advanced Analysis Capabilities: Provides advanced analysis tools, such as Monte Carlo simulations and worst-case scenario testing, to evaluate circuit performance under various stress conditions and component variations.
  • Integration with System Design: Facilitates the seamless integration of circuit simulation with system-level design tools, enabling comprehensive analysis and optimization of complex electronic systems used in military and aerospace applications

PSpice is used in Military & Aerospace for Designing:

  • Avionics Systems:
    • Flight Control Systems
    • Navigation Systems

  • Communication Systems:
    • Radio Frequency (RF) Systems
    • Data Link Systems

  • Radar and Sonar Systems:
    • Radar Signal Processing
    • Sonar Systems

  • Electronic Warfare Systems:
    • Jamming and Countermeasure Systems
    • Signal Intelligence (SIGINT)

  • Power Management Systems:
    • Power Supply Units (PSUs)
    • Energy Harvesting Systems

  • Guidance and Control Systems:
    • Missile Guidance Systems
    • Autonomous Vehicle Control

  • Safety and Monitoring Systems:
    • Environmental Monitoring
    • Fault Detection and Diagnostics

PSpice for Consumer Electronics Devices

Engineers designing products in the consumer industry use PSpice to optimize the performance, reliability, and cost-effectiveness of electronic devices. This leads to the development of high-quality consumer electronics, such as smartphones, wearables, and home appliances, that meet market demands for innovation, efficiency, and user satisfaction.

Why PSpice for Consumer Electronics:

  • Performance Optimization: PSpice enables the fine-tuning of electronic circuits for better performance, leading to more efficient and responsive consumer devices.
  • Reliability and Quality: Ensures products are reliable and durable by simulating and validating circuit behavior under various conditions, reducing the likelihood of defects and failures.
  • Cost Efficiency: Helps reduce development costs by identifying and solving design issues early, minimizing the need for physical prototypes and iterative testing.
  • Rapid Prototyping: Accelerates the design process by allowing for quick iterations and virtual testing of circuit designs, speeding up time-to-market for new products.
  • Compliance and Standards: Assists in ensuring that electronic products meet industry standards and regulatory requirements, facilitating smoother certification processes and market entry.

PSpice is used in Consumer Electronics for Designing:

  • Mobile Devices:
    • Smartphones and Tablets
    • Wearable Devices

  • Home Entertainment Systems:
    • Audio Amplifiers
    • Video Processing

  • Smart Home Devices:
    • Smart Thermostats
    • Home Automation Hubs

  • Personal Computing:
    • Laptop and Desktop Computers
    • Gaming Devices

  • Consumer Appliances:
    • Kitchen Appliances
    • Home Automation Devices

  • Personal Electronics Accessories:
    • Chargers and Power Banks
    • Wireless Headphones and Earbuds

PSpice for Industrial Electronics Applications

For an electrical engineer designing industrial and Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) products, PSpice is indispensable for ensuring the robustness, efficiency, and reliability of electronic systems deployed in industrial environments. This analysis capability is essential for optimizing the functionality of industrial machinery, sensors, control systems, and communication interfaces, leading to enhanced productivity, reduced downtime, and improved operational efficiency in manufacturing and industrial processes.

Why PSpice for Industrial:

  • Integration with Control Systems: PSpice enables seamless integration of circuit simulation with broader system-level simulations, ensuring compatibility and interoperability with industrial control systems and automation platforms.
  • Reliability Assurance: Helps identify potential failure points and weaknesses in circuit designs, ensuring durability and reliability in demanding industrial environments.
  • Safety Compliance: Facilitates validation of electronic systems to meet safety standards and regulatory requirements, ensuring compliance and minimizing the risk of accidents in industrial settings.
  • Cost Efficiency: Reduces the need for costly physical prototypes and iterative testing by identifying design flaws and optimization opportunities early in the development cycle.
  • Interoperability Testing: Enables simulation of communication interfaces and protocols used in IIoT devices, ensuring seamless integration and interoperability with existing industrial networks and control systems.

PSpice is used in Industrial electronics and IIoT for Designing:

  • Sensor and Actuator Systems:
    • Temperature and Pressure Sensors
    • Motor Drive Systems

  • Industrial Control Systems:
    • PLC (Programmable Logic Controller) Systems
    • SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) Systems

  • Communication Interfaces:
    • Fieldbus Protocols
    • Wireless Sensor Networks

  • Power Management Systems:
    • Power Distribution Units (PDUs)
      • Energy Harvesting Systems

    • Safety and Monitoring Systems:
      • Emergency Shutdown Systems
      • Predictive Maintenance Systems

    • Industrial Robotics and Automation:
      • Robotic Control Systems
      • Vision Systems

 

 

PSpice for Networking & Server Device Applications

Engineers designing networking, server, and AI enabled devices use PSpice for optimizing the performance, reliability, and efficiency of their designs. This capability is essential for developing advanced networking equipment, servers, and AI accelerators that require high-speed data processing, low latency, and reliable operation.

Why PSpice for Networking:

  • Performance Optimization: PSpice helps fine-tune circuit designs to achieve optimal performance in terms of data throughput, latency, and energy efficiency.
  • Reliability Assurance: Identify and mitigate potential reliability issues, ensuring uninterrupted operation and data integrity in networking, server, and AI devices.
  • Power Efficiency Enhancement: Optimize power consumption and thermal management to maximize energy efficiency and prolong device lifespan.
  • Signal Integrity Verification: Ensure reliable data transmission and reception by simulating signal integrity and noise immunity in high-speed communication interfaces.
  • Validation of Advanced Algorithms: Test and validate the functionality of AI algorithms and neural network models in hardware implementations, ensuring accurate and efficient AI inference.

PSpice is used in Networking, Servers, and AI for Designing:

  • Networking Equipment:
    • Ethernet Switches and Routers
    • Network Interface Cards (NICs)

  • Server Systems:
    • Central Processing Units (CPUs)
    • Memory Controllers

  • Artificial Intelligence (AI) Accelerators:
    • Neural Network Accelerators
    • FPGA-based Accelerators

  • High-Performance Computing (HPC) Systems:
    • Parallel Processing Units
    • Interconnect Fabrics

  • Data Storage Systems:
    • Solid-State Drives (SSDs)
    • Storage Area Networks (SANs)

A SPICE Solution for Every Design Need

Select the solution that best meets your simulation needs. Seamlessly scale up as your requirements change.

PSpice
Basic

Fully Integrated Analysis

FREE with all OrCAD X
PCB Design Suites

PSpice
Designer

The Gold Standard in SPICE

Starting at:
$2,400/year

PSpice
Designer Plus

Go Beyond Standard SPICE

Starting at:
4,800/year

Detailed Comparison

Integrated Simulation
Unlimited Simulation Capacity
Up to 250 nodes
Unlimited
Unlimited
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
Performance
Component Stress
Monte Carlo
Optimizer
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

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Blog

Transient Voltage Suppressor (TVS) SPICE Model: Explained

Learn what parameters are required to create a transient voltage suppressor (TVS) SPICE model and accurately simulate your electronic circuits.
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Ebooks
Book Cover: Go Beyond the Waveform- Advanced Spice Analysis

Go Beyond the Waveform: Advanced Spice Analysis

An overview of how utilizing advanced SPICE simulation can solve complex design issues when change is easiest.
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Datasheets

Allegro PSpice Simulator

The Allegro PSpice Simulator provides a full-featured analog simulator with support for digital elements to help solve virtually any design challenge— from high frequency systems to low-power IC designs.
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Videos

PSpice Simulation Tutorial: How to Modify a Monte Carlo Histogram with PSpice

Learn how to modify a Monte Carlo histogram to analyze production yield in PSpice.
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Videos

Extensive Model Support

Quickly define circuit functionality and perform realistic simulations with comprehensive libraries and modeling in PSpice.
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Blog

Three Phase Source SPICE Model: Explained

Learn what parameters are required to create a Three Phase Source SPICE Model and accurately simulate your electronic circuits.
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PSpice FAQ

PSpice starts at $2,400/year. Additionally, If you already have an OrCAD PCB design suite then you have access to PSpice basics. You can learn more about pricing here.

Yes! You can get the 30 day  free trial which includes access to PSpice as well as the full OrCAD PCB design suite

Yes. Students can join the Cadence academic program and get free access to PSpice and the OrCAD PCB design platform. You can join the Cadence PSpice academic program here

Yes! PSpice has the largest library of models (over 33,000) and modeling tools available to help you access or quickly build the models you need for your simulations.

Yes. You can start with our free walkthrough tutorial and expand through our full PSpice courses (available online and instructor-led). View PSpice course options

PSpice advanced analysis is a unique set of tools and simulation engines available in the PSpice Designer Plus tier which provide additional simulation capabilities to analyze, performance, yield, cost, and overall design reliability. You can learn more about advanced SPICE simulation methods from our eBook.

If you don’t have PSpice yet you can apply for our free trial or student licenses. Then take advantage of our walkthroughs and courses as well as quick how-to videos and guides to get up to speed fast.

PSpice testbench is a unique feature which allows you to run simulations and experiment with your design from with OrCAD Capture without impacting the PCB schematic being developed. This gives you the flexibility you need to analyze and optimize your design while removing the re-work and double data entry that is required from simulation solutions that are decoupled form the PCB design process. Learn more about partial design simulation with PSpice. [link to how-to]

Yes. PSpice supports multiple data export formats including Excel, notepad, csv, txt, PDF, as well multiple mage formats such as TIFF, jpg, png, svg and more. It is very easy to bring your results into other tools for documentation of further analysis and modification.

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