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Posted on Apr 18, 2017
This week’s Working with OrCAD video, Libraries, will showcase the different methods to import a board outline and some general best practices to use when creating board outlines. The video will go over how OrCAD's library management system can help automate many repetitive routines, helping to streamline your design flow.
Posted on Apr 17, 2017
Often times engineers don’t consider RoHS and Reach Compliance a criterion upfront when choosing parts for their design. Sometimes, the thought occurs AFTER they’ve sent a product to the manufacturer, only to be turned away. Engineers should think of RoHS early on in their design, but what if they can’t find the information they need to make an informed decision during the selection process of a part?
Posted on Apr 11, 2017
Whether you are new user or current customer our new video series, Working with OrCAD, will show help walk you through the basics of designing a board within OrCAD from start to finish. We will cover libraries, placement, post processing, etc. as well as a segment on how our constraint manager can assist you in your design process.
Posted on Apr 5, 2017
Whether you are a new user or current customer our new video series, Working with OrCAD, will walk you through the basics of designing a board within OrCAD PCB Editor from start to finish. We will build a board from start to finish—covering libraries, placement, post-processing, etc.—and include a segment on how our constraint manager can assist you in your design process.
Posted on Mar 24, 2017
As a PCB design engineer today, you experience a large amount of pressure to create smaller, faster, more intelligent products. Consequently, it has become increasingly important for ECAD and MCAD engineers to interact on any given product. To maintain a competitive edge within the industry, a higher level of collaboration is required between design teams and integrated systems to get from conceptual design to actual manufacturing. ECAD engineers need the ability to efficiently relay all aspects of their design to the MCAD engineers for correct implementation of the parts they have chosen to include in their design.
Posted on Feb 28, 2017
Printed circuit boards are driving the electronics industry forward. As a PCB designer, it is essential to assess your needs, both current and future, when choosing a PCB design system that is right for you. Although this may seem like a daunting task, we have compiled a list of necessary features available within CAD tools in order to develop a quick PCB Design System checklist to help aid you in your search. The following list should help guide your decision by assessing the benefits of various different functionalities and what types of questions should you ask yourself or your software provider before making a decision.
Posted on Feb 21, 2017
Stop waiting to be told what parts need to be changed and start selecting orderable, compliant parts upfront with the new OrCAD CIP Compliance Module.
Posted on Jan 26, 2017
EMA Design Automation®, a full-service provider and innovator of Electronic Design Automation (EDA) solutions, has just released Ultra Librarian™ for OrCAD providing symbols, footprints, and 3D models for an expanding library of currently over 8 million parts. “Symbols, footprints, and 3D models are the building blocks of any electronic board design,” said Manny Marcano, president of EMA Design Automation. “We created Ultra Librarian for OrCAD so that our customers could simply download these parts rather than wasting time on the tedious and error-prone task of creating them.”
Posted on Dec 19, 2016
As you are probably already aware- a lot goes into designing a printed circuit board. From routing to part selection, signal quality, and manufacturability, PCB designers have a lot to evaluate. With everything there is to consider, why are engineers still spending valuable time building symbols and footprints for their designs? On average it takes between 8-16 hours for an engineer to build one high pin count symbol and footprint. That is time that could be better spent focusing on the integrity of the product design.

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