PCB Design


OrCAD X offers a cloud-connected PCB design platform. Improve collaboration between ECAD and MCAD teams through integration with SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD.
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Take Control of the PCB Design Process with OrCAD X

OrCAD X is the next-generation PCB design platform built for maximum efficiency and productivity. It provides an end-to-end software environment to design, analyze, and build circuit boards to ensure first pass design success.

OrCAD X Standard is a combination of OrCAD X Capture, the latest in schematic design, and OrCAD X Presto, the cutting-edge PCB layout environment built to improve efficiency throughout the design process with a powerful routing engine, advanced rule support, real-time design feedback, and a streamlined documentation environment.

OrCAD X Professional expands upon the functionality found in OrCAD X Standard to enable complex board features such as rigid-flex circuits and high-speed routing with real-time signal integrity analysis. Supplier-provided component libraries help get schematics started with the most up-to-date part information including FPGAs, Opamps, Microcontrollers and much more.

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  • Schematic Entry
    Fast and easy schematic creation with integrated SPICE and Signal Integrity simulation
  • PCB Layout & Routing
    PCB design tool with a powerful routing engine and advanced rule support with synchronization between schematic and PCB
  • Real-time design feedback
    Real-time design rule checks provide immediate feedback on constraint pass or fail allowing designers to make quick adjustments
  • Automated CAD Library Development
    Library of standard components and access to millions of symbols, footprints, and 3D models
  • Automated Release to Manufacturing
    Rapid creation of manufacturing documents using templates and automatic synchronization to the board layout
  • ECAD/MCAD Co-Design
    Collaborate bidirectionally with SOLIDWORKS using the CircuitWorks add-in
  • Component Data Management
    Part management with automated part synchronization between component libraries and the schematic
  • In-Design Analysis
    Transient, DC, AC, Bias Point PSpice Analysis, PSpice Modeling Applications, Waveform Analysis, Digital and Analog Device Libraries, Pre-Layout Signal Integrity
  • High-Speed routing
    High-speed constraints aware auto-routing algorithm and real time SI analysis
  • Integrated Supply Chain Intelligence
    Real time supply chain information and compliance information to drive intelligent part selection
  • PCB Co-Design
    Concurrent engineering and distributed design allow real time multi-user collaboration on the same design
  • Advanced In-Design Analysis
    Post-Layout Signal Integrity, Real-Time Impedance and Coupling, Placement Density etc.
  • Advanced Flex Design
    Hug contour routing, stackup definition and zone indicators in cross section tables
  • Advanced SPICE simulation
    Component stress and component tolerance analysis, advanced circuit analysis such as Monte Carlo, worse case, reliability etc.
  • System Level Co-Design
    MATLAB Simulink integration for Electro-Mechanical analysis

Exceptional Solutions, Even Better Support

Creating the best products requires the best solutions, training and support. With a little insight into your product development process, our team of pros can point you to any tools you need (and nothing you don’t).

But it doesn’t end there. We’ll stay with you every step of the way, helping solve complex design issues, 3D printing application questions and so much more. No matter where you’re at, both in your process and geographically, we’re here.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is cloud use a requirement for OrCAD X?
No. Usage of a data management tool is purely optional and based on your preferences and needs.
What is the difference between OrCAD and OrCAD X?
OrCAD X is the next generation of OrCAD and builds on it by providing additional functionalities as well as an improved and intuitive user interface.
Will current OrCAD users be able to use OrCAD X?
Yes, there is an upgrade path available for OrCAD users on active subscription.
Are OrCAD X users able to collaborate with SOLIDWORKS users?
Yes, the CircuitWorks add-in included within SOLIDWORKS enables bidirectional collaboration between ECAD and MCAD.
Can we import design data from other PCB design software?
OrCAD X includes translators that allow you to seamlessly import data in popular ECAD formats.
Does OrCAD X include any circuit simulation capabilities?
PSPICE simulation functionality is integrated into the schematic tool and provides robust analysis to verify circuit functionality and optimize your designs. SOLIDWORKS Premium can open CATIA V5 files. For output, SOLIDWORKS can save PDF and DWG/DXF 2D files and all major neutral formats (STEP, IGES, Parasolid, ACIS) of 3D outputs. Many other options and file types are always being added to this list. Contact us if there’s a specific file type you’re interested in.
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