EMA Adds Industry First Bi-directional Interface Between OrCAD and Arena PLM

EMA Design Automation® (ema-eda.com), a full-service provider of Electronic Design Automation (EDA) solutions, and Arena Solutions, the pioneer of cloud-based Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) applications, today announced that Cadence® OrCAD® PCB (printed circuit board) design tools and the Arena cloud-based PLM system are now more comprehensively integrated.

“This new software integration is a result of the strategic alliance we announced at the beginning of this year,” said Manny Marcano, president and CEO of EMA.  “Engineering teams will now have a direct link between their PCB design tools and their corporate PLM system, maintaining data integrity between the engineering work-in-process data and corporate product lifecycle data.”

This new integration enables two-way communication between the two databases to ensure data integrity by eliminating manual processes.  As a result, end-users can upload a BOM (bill of materials) directly into the Arena PLM system. An automatic upload directly from the OrCAD environment ensures that the BOM is correctly formatted and contains all required content, all without ever having to leave their native CAD environment or deal with any formatting or data translation issues.  Conversely, the people managing the PLM system can be assured of the BOM’s correct content and upload with no effort on their part. This ability not only reduces the time required to perform the task, but also reduces human error.

“Manual data manipulation is the source of many of our customers’ design respins and time-to-market problems,” said Steve Durrill, senior group director, custom IC and PCB group at Cadence. “By automating critical operations, we solve the human error problem and streamline the interface between engineering systems and PLM systems.”

Other new capabilities stemming from this integration streamline component management. For instance, a commonly used function in PLM is “where-used,” which performs a search to determine where a component is used across all products. This new integration provides the engineering team with the ability to find other projects or designs that use a specific part. This is particularly useful when a part becomes obsolete or fails at an abnormal rate.

Another potential source of problems stems from correctly and efficiently applying part numbers to temporary or new parts. OrCAD Component Information Portal (CIP) already provides an effective new part introduction process. This new integration works in conjunction with the Arena PLM system to allow authorized users to automatically assign the next available Arena part number to new parts, eliminating a previously manual and error prone process.

The prior integration brought engineering data from Arena’s cloud PLM system to the OrCAD Component Information System (CIS) database and also enabled temporary part sourcing and creation within the two systems.

“We are releasing a great new capability to connect OrCAD and Arena PLM, which provides an ‘easy button’ to get engineering data into Arena PLM,” said Steve Chalgren, executive vice president of product management and chief strategy officer at Arena. “As a result, our customers can get their products built far faster than they could before.”

About Arena Solutions

Arena pioneered cloud PLM applications. The Arena PLM suite of products including their flagship, BOMControl, as well as their ground-breaking Scribe and Exchange collaboration solutions enable engineering and manufacturing teams and their extended supply chains to speed prototyping, reduce scrap, and streamline supply chain management. Arena PLM applications simplify bill of materials and change management for companies of all sizes and offer the right balance of flexibility and control at every point in the product lifecycle — from prototype to full-scale production. Based in Foster City, Calif., Arena has been ranked as a Top 10 PLM solution and also holds a spot on the San Francisco Bay Area’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work For List for 2014. Visit Arena at http://www.arenasolutions.com.

Announcing OrCAD 16.6 2015! New Products and Capabilities for Faster Product Creation

Highlights:

  • Latest release marks 30th anniversary of OrCAD innovation and product design
  • New products offer seamless product integration, more comprehensive fabrication checks and simplified documentation methods
  • Key feature updates focused on more interactive routing capability and additional high-speed design qualities

SAN JOSE, Calif., April 21, 2015—Cadence Design Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CDNS) today announced five new OrCAD® products and three key feature updates as it celebrates 30 years of continued OrCAD design and innovation. The expanded OrCAD portfolio enables greater product creation efficiency by delivering additional high-speed design capabilities that address productivity and time-to-market challenges.

The new products and key features focus on increasing designers’ productivity by reducing design cycle time and facilitating more advance designs via additional high-speed capabilities.    

New Products

  • OrCAD Component Information Portal provides users with CIS database management capabilities and integrated access to parametric component data through an interactive, web interface directly within the OrCAD Capture CIS product
  • OrCAD DFM Checker provides a comprehensive set of manufacturing/fabrication-centric checks for OrCAD PCB Editor. The OrCAD DFM fabrication checks can be run at any time during PCB place and route to help ensure that no fabrication-related issues are present, helping designers avoid fabrication-related delays, additional costs and re-work.
  • OrCAD Panel Editor provides an intelligent panel documentation environment for OrCAD PCB Editor that significantly simplifies panel creation and documentation
  • OrCAD Sigrity™ ERC (Electrical Rules Check) provides a comprehensive set of electrical signal quality checks for OrCAD PCB Editor. ERCs are designed to be run by the PCB designer as a first-order electrical validation. This capability enables the PCB designer to make needed changes within the design before more extensive and exhaustive analysis is performed.
  • OrCAD Capture Constraint System enables a constraint-driven PCB design flow for OrCAD Capture and OrCAD PCB Editor. Compared to the existing methodology, the OrCAD Capture Constraint System substantially expands the constraint definition and management methodology in OrCAD Capture.

New Key Technologies

  • OrCAD PCB Editor productivity improvements include Scribble Route, an auto/interactive routing feature, which allows the user to loosely sketch a path for a route as the system figures how to detail-route it, as well as group and contour routing updates and via arrays
  • OrCAD PCB Professional high-speed design features now offer enhanced differential pair constraints, propagation constraint support, delay tuning with heads-up display support, net scheduling and impedance constraint support
  • OrCAD Signal Explorer is being added to OrCAD Capture technology-based products, enabling front-end signal integrity/signal quality simulation as well as topology exploration and constraint definition. It can also be scaled for additional signal exploration and signal integrity capabilities through OrCAD PCB SI.

To learn more about OrCAD solutions and for product availability information, visit: www.orcad.com/orcad-anniversary-release

30th Anniversary of OrCAD

Since its introduction in 1985, OrCAD technology has been at the forefront of PC-based electronic design automation (EDA) tools with industry-leading products for schematic capture such as OrCAD Capture and PSpice® for circuit simulation. Over the years, OrCAD products have helped countless engineers and electronics manufacturers bring ideas to life and products to market.

“We’ve been partners with Cadence and OrCAD for almost thirty years. OrCAD’s 30th anniversary is proof of its continued customer preference and leadership in technology and innovation,” said Bruno Mouneimne, president of Artedas. “For example the combination of newly added high-speed design capabilities and the OrCAD Sigrity ERC product, which validates the quality of high-speed signals before sending the design off for exhaustive signal integrity analysis, enables PCB designers to tackle the challenges of today’s modern, smart, connected designs, and bring innovative products to market.”

 “As mainstream products such as Internet of Things devices and smart consumer electronics continue to evolve, they commonly include functionalities such as high-speed memory and sophisticated serial interfaces that create new challenges for the designer,” said Josh Moore, director of product marketing for OrCAD, Custom IC & PCB Group, Cadence. “With our 30th anniversary release, designers now have access to solutions that are suitable for high-speed electronic products that have more complex design requirements. For example, the new OrCAD Capture Constraint System product significantly enhances the OrCAD design flow with new high-speed constraints and rules specific to high-speed memory and sophisticated serial interfaces, allowing engineers to far more effectively communicate and drive high-speed design intent, which helps to reduce design iterations.”

About Cadence

Cadence enables global electronic design innovation and plays an essential role in the creation of today’s integrated circuits and electronics. Customers use Cadence software, hardware, IP, and services to design and verify advanced semiconductors, consumer electronics, networking and telecommunications equipment, and computer systems. The company is headquartered in San Jose, Calif., with sales offices, design centers, and research facilities around the world to serve the global electronics industry. More information about the company, its products, and services is available at http://www.cadence.com.