Data management & library tools added to OrCAD PCB software
The new OrCAD products comprise OrCAD Engineering Data Management (EDM), a comprehensive collaboration and management environment for OrCAD Capture; OrCAD Library Builder, a rapid automated part builder; and OrCAD Documentation Editor, an intelligent, automated PCB documentation environment.
OrCAD EDM enables efficient schematic design collaboration and management among engineering teams within the OrCAD Capture environment. It combines an intuitive interface with design and data management capabilities to ensure that data integrity and project status are managed throughout the schematic design process. EDM enables engineers to work collaboratively together as a group, regardless of geographic location, resulting in better team productivity and efficiency.
OrCAD Library Builder provides a single integrated environment for the rapid creation of complete OrCAD parts by harvesting readily available component IP from on-line component catalogues and device specification sheet PDFs using an automated correct-by-construction approach. The automated and interactive technology significantly decreases part creation time – by as much as 70% for complex parts – while the advanced PDF datasheet extraction technology eliminates hours of manual data entry and creation to extract data from pin tables and diagrams to build parts.
OrCAD Documentation Editor provides an intelligent, interactive PCB documentation environment. It enhances and simplifies the PCB documentation process by automating the creation of documentation elements, manufacturing views, details, and tables. Using advanced technology that directly builds on PCB design data, synchronises engineering change orders (ECOs), and enables dynamic content, Documentation Editor streamlines the entire process from creation through distribution. It shortens PCB design time by reducing documentation time up to 60 to 80%.
“With the increasing complexity of designs and tighter manufacturing ship dates, the documentation process has grown to be long, cumbersome and error-prone,” said Josh Moore, director of product marketing for OrCAD, Custom IC & PCB Group, Cadence. “The average documentation time can take up to 20% of the overall design process. The release of these new OrCAD products aims to shorten that time through automation and a better team environment, so customers are better equipped to address today’s PCB design challenges.”