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Posted on Jun 21, 2017
This week’s Working with OrCAD video, Copper, discusses and the many features Cadence provides designers when dealing with copper shapes in addition to a few design best practices. It covers how to add various types of solid copper elements, sectioning plane layers, etc. It also reviews the different ways copper can be added to a layer (dynamic, solid copper, or crosshatch) and the merging of copper shapes.
Posted on Jun 9, 2017
The newest incremental OrCAD release (17.2 2016 QIR3) is available now. In our effort to constantly be raising the bar, there are many new and exciting features now available including, but not limited to 3D Canvas enhancements in OrCAD PCB Editor. These incremental releases deliver new OrCAD features in between major releases and are available to all customers on maintenance.
Posted on Jun 7, 2017
This week’s Working with OrCAD video, Cross Section, will discuss how OrCAD can help you review design specs and determine physical requirements (i.e. controlled impedance high voltage nets, high amperage nets, etc.) to help you work more efficiently with your manufacturer to come up with a cost-efficient stack up or build.
Posted on Jun 7, 2017
This week’s Working with OrCAD video, Cross Section, will discuss how OrCAD can help you review design specs and determine physical requirements (i.e. controlled impedance, high voltage nets, high amperage nets, etc.) which can help you work more efficiently with your manufacturer to come up with a cost-efficient stack up or build. The video will also cover two different ways to enter the stack up information into your design either by manually entering the information into the setup cross-section dialog or via the IPC2581 standard— these methods help ensure your designs are accurate and can be repeatedly produced correctly.
Posted on Jun 2, 2017
“Throw it over the wall” has traditionally been the mindset when dealing with updates and changes between the ECAD and MCAD domains. As a result of this strategy, updates and synchronization points tend to be infrequent. When issues are found, design teams may need to walk back through a multitude of changes and design decisions to solve the problems identified. This approach is inherently inefficient and error-prone, leading to schedule delays and product development issues.
Posted on May 10, 2017
Moving a design from concept to a completed board is an involved process—especially when the design is outsourced—there are many opportunities for problems to arise. In order to mitigate potential issues, effective communication with your design partner is essential. This is where having a PCB design tool in-house, like OrCAD PCB Editor, can help. Having an in-house design tool can help you gain control over your design process, shorten your design cycle, and reduce overall costs. Still not sure how? Below we listed eight reasons having a PCB design tool in-house is a smart idea.
Posted on May 8, 2017
For those that are new to this series, Arrow has recently teamed up with Cadence to provide integrated design tools to engineers, creating an accelerated path for new product development and the ability to bring products to market faster and cheaper. In addition to the collaboration with Cadence, Arrow has also partnered with INDIEGOGO, a website where startups and entrepreneurs can receive funding from the public for their products. With the formation of these powerhouse partnerships, we decided to feature startups and small tech companies within INDIEGOGO on our blog each month.
Posted on May 1, 2017
It's a new month, and with that comes new trade shows and conferences for EMA. Below you can find the name of the conference, dates, times, and a little information about each one as well as training classes scheduled for the month.
Posted on Apr 28, 2017
Placing components has traditionally been a tedious, manual process no one in today’s day in age—with all the technological advancements out there—wants to deal with. As timelines shorten and an emphasis on efficiency increases, manually placing individual components can suck up hours of time you don’t really have to waste. The recent release of PCB Clustering for OrCAD provides AutoClustering™ technology, intelligent design (IP) reuse, and replication technology to help increase your productivity and shorten design cycle timelines.

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