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Posted on Sep 26, 2018
Mechanical symbols represent physical objects that you can place in your board design and are not part of the netlist. One of the important mechanical symbols is the mounting hole. Create and define a new mounting hole symbol and place the mounting holes to your design.
Posted on Sep 26, 2018
Set up design parameters and grid spacing to get ready for your PCB design, draw the board outline and add layers to your design.
Posted on Sep 26, 2018
Once the schematic design is complete, the next step is to create a PCB Editor netlist and generate a new PCB board file.
Posted on Sep 26, 2018
Find components’ footprints in OrCAD PCB Editor’s footprint libraries and assign the footprint names to properties spreadsheet in OrCAD Capture, or simply find a pre-built component footprints from Ultra Librarian.
Posted on Sep 26, 2018
Quick video to show you how to get started with PCB Editor and use this tutorial.
Posted on Aug 14, 2018
Introducing the culmination of months of handwork and collaboration. The Hitchhikers Guide to PCB Design is a play off the original Douglas Adams novel and contains over 100 pages of contains real-world, actionable tips from experienced industry professionals and including checklists, detailed graphics, best practices, and links to additional resources. No matter what CAD software you use, this guide will provide you with the foundational knowledge needed achieve design success.
Posted on Jul 31, 2018
Rigid- Flex boards result in increasing complex designs and constraints. Many constraints need to be considered that are not necessary in standard PCB designs. These Design Rules can be difficult to manage and check in a Rigid-Flex design, especially in transition zones where constraints are layer specific and different for the flex and rigid parts of the design. Manual checking of these zones can result in oversights and design errors. Dynamic Zone DRC Checking can help you manufacture with confidence by automating this process. Now, you can define and manage zones in the PCB. With Dynamic Zone DRC, any zone or inter-layer errors are flagged with a DRC marker. Check transition zones for via and routing constraints. Ensure cover lay openings and gold masks are aligned for proper conductivity.
Posted on Jul 31, 2018
With the size of devices decreasing and frequencies increasing, the need for managing electromagnetic interference in RF Designs is more important than ever. This disturbance by an outside source can cause a variety of issues in your design including a decrease in signal and power integrity, addition of cross talk, resonance and ringing, or even complete circuit failure. Designing for these issues at the board level is a tedious and time-consuming part of the design process, but allows you to ensure your design intent is not affected. A common, inexpensive solution is to include via shielding in your design. OrCAD helps you do this using Via Arrays. Automatically insert a group of vias in a matrix pattern over the entire board, an area inside a boundary box, or in a dynamic shape. And place vias as a boundary around a shape, hole, route keepout, cline, via, or pin. By placing vias with proper spacing around the edge of your board or high-risk areas, you can reduce EMI and cross talk. Design changes are made easy with the ability to unplace all vias automatically. Quickly and easily add and edit the necessary via shielding and ensure your RF designs are not affected by EMI with Via Arrays in OrCAD PCB Designer.
Posted on Jul 31, 2018
Manually adding fillets and teardrops can add weeks to your design. And allowing a board house to add them after design completion, will leave you unaware of effects on your board. By automating this process and adhering to predefined constraint rules, you can save time and ensure your design intent is unchanged. OrCAD helps you do this with Dynamic Shape Fillets. Simply set the required parameters for the teardrops or fillets. Highlight the selection of pins or vias and OrCAD PCB Designer automatically creates the shapes.
Posted on Jul 31, 2018
Running traces over voids and split planes can cause impedance and noise control issues. Signal traces must be routed over an uninterrupted copper plane to ensure continuous loop or return path current. However, by automatically identifying problem traces, you can eliminate the need for time consuming, error-prone manual scanning on every layer of the board. OrCAD helps you do this with Segment Over Void detection. Now, problem traces are reported with the click of a button and highlighted for your review.

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