PCB design productivity applications for Cadence’s OrCAD Capture
The new CircuitFit app is derived from EMA’s CircuitSpace product and allows the design engineer to perform early fit analysis at the schematic level prior to committing the design to placement and layout. Getting this information early in the design phase allows engineers to make design decisions that trade off component selection and cost versus PCB real estate. The new app, CIP in CIS, allows OrCAD users to access EMA’s popular Component Information Portal (CIP) software inside OrCAD Capture CIS. This free app allows the designer to stay inside the schematic environment for all component sourcing requirements.
Three other apps all came directly from customized code written to satisfy specific customer needs. Test Point Annotator will sync up test points between the OrCAD PCB and the schematic. Status Display will provide visual indicators of properties adding another level of error checking or general information. Find in Design will quickly search for common values across multiple schematics and projects, making it easy to find all designs using a newly obsolete part, for instance.
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