OrCAD Capture CIS


OrCAD Capture CIS seamlessly integrates OrCAD Capture with OrCAD CIS. This integration greatly enhances the part selection and verification process and significantly boosts your productivity.  OrCAD Capture CIS eliminates manual entry of part information, and ensures you’re maintaining synchronized component data. It also saves you time during your design process when searching for parts or reusing existing parts.

Product Description

OrCAD Capture CIS is a key part of the OrCAD schematic design entry solution. Integrated into corporate databases, you can automatically synchronize and validate externally sourced component data with the schematic design database, thereby eliminating manual data entry and guesswork. OrCAD Capture CIS solves a critical problem for your engineering teams by quickly and easily selecting the best component available, based on both the technical AND business parameters critical for success. With easy access to corporate component databases and part information, OrCAD Capture CIS streamlines the part research, selection, and verification process. The parts you need in the design can be queried based on their electrical, physical, or corporate characteristics, allowing you to identify, utilize, and design with preferred components. These queried components can then be automatically retrieved for use in the schematic. Selecting components directly from company databases minimizes errors in bills of materials (BOMs) and parts lists, and allows you to control part usage for industry directives such as RoHS and WEEE.


  • Ensure component data integrity by validating properties against a corporate database. For example, a simple schematic modification such as changing the value of a resistor without changing the corresponding footprint and/or part number can result in a mismatch between the schematic, PCB layout, and BOM. Such a component mismatch can result in an expensive board re-spin.
  • Optimize part selection to help meet project milestones and goals. For example, inadvertently identifying and utilizing an obsolete component or one with a long lead-time or incorrect supplier can cause costly delays. All too often, these problems aren’t discovered until the product is on the verge of being manufactured.
  • Promote the use of company preferred components to help meet corporate initiatives and goals. For example, without access to cost or corporate initiative information during the design stage, it’s easy to introduce higher priced parts and miss the opportunity to use lower-cost equivalents from the same or an alternate supplier.
  • Reuse known good part data to eliminate duplicated efforts and improve efficiency. For example, redundant or duplicate parts are often introduced into engineering libraries and corporate inventory when functionally equivalent parts are already available and in stock.

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License term

Perpetual, Time Based

License method

Dongle, Host ID

Licensing Methods & Terms

Methods | Terms

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. The OrCAD license can be managed and purchased in a couple different ways depending on preference and needs of the user. Teams can mix and match these methods and terms to best suit their needs.

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.

    Ideal for: Mid to Large user teams that need to be able to easily share licenses and will primarily use license in location with access to a centralized license server.

  2. Computer Host ID: The license is tied to the physical address of the users 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 users machine would need to be on the network and active to be shared.

    Ideal for: Single / primary users who do not need usually need to share the license and want the flexibility and portability to access the software wherever they are.

Note: Standard license sharing is limited to a 1 mile radius from where the license is located (intended to cover a single site or campus). Broader sharing options are available (Nationwide and global). Contact us for details

License Terms

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.

Ideal for: Users who plan to use the software for multiple projects.


  1. 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.

Ideal for: Users who plan to use the program for a specific project, need to bill the cost of the software to specific program or project, or have temporary capacity license needs.


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