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OrCAD & Allegro 17.2 - 2016

The new 64 bits release of OrCAD and Allegro

The OrCAD® 17.2-2016 release introduced new capabilities for OrCAD Capture, PSpice® Designer, and PCB Designer 17.2-2016 that address challenges with flex and rigid-flex design as well as mixed-signal simulation complexities in IoT, wearables, and wireless mobile devices. This latest release reduces PCB development time by addressing the need to design reliable circuits for smaller, more compact devices.


OrCAD Capture


OrCAD® Capture is one of the most widely used schematic design solutions for the creation and documentation of electrical circuits. Coupled with the optional OrCAD CIS (component information system) product for component data management, along with highly integrated flows supporting the engineering process, OrCAD Capture is one of the most powerful design environments for taking today's product creation from concept to production.

OrCAD PCB Design suites


OrCAD PCB Design suites provide the industry's best mix of cutting edge capabilities and tremendous user value. With OrCAD suites you can be assured you have the technology you need to meet today's toughest design challenges.


OrCAD PSpice Designer suites


Cadence OrCAD PSpice Designer suites provide powerful schematic entry, professional level simulation, and analysis in one streamlined, affordable package.


OrCAD 17.2-2016 new release benefits

  • Ease of Use & Productivity. Provides fast, intuitive schematic editing
  • Rigid-flex design enhancements help avoid manual checks with comprehensive inter-layer design-rule checking and provide cross section by zones for rigid flex designs
  • New Padstack Editor supports parametric padstack types and helps you to easily define keepouts, counter bore/ sink, and multi-shape as part of the padstack for better manufacturing
  • Ease-of-use and productivity enhancements in constraint manager, shape editing capabilities, and online DRCs make PCB design with OrCAD technology much more efficient
  • PSpice enhancements help automate code generation of mixed signal models written in C/C++ and SystemC, making virtual prototyping extremely easy
  • OrCAD Capture Design Difference Viewer enables you to perform logical and graphical comparisons between design versions and view the difference report visually in an HTML file
  • OrCAD Capture Advanced Annotation gives you complete control over design component annotation by allowing you to annotate multiple schematic pages at a time

OrCAD Flex and Rigid-Flex Technologies

To enable a faster and more efficient flex and rigid-flex design creation critical to IoT, wearables and wireless devices, the OrCAD 17.2-2016 portfolio enables several new capabilities for flex and rigid flex design to minimize design iterations. Key flex and rigid flex features include:

  • Stack-up by zone for flex and rigid-flex designs
  • Inter-layer checks for rigid-flex designs
  • Contour and arc-aware routing

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New Cross-Section Editor

In the OrCAD PCB Designer 17.2-2016 release, the Cross-Section Editor has been redesigned to leverage the underlying spreadsheet technology found in the Constraint Manager. It offers a one-stop shop for features that require the cross section for their setup, such as dynamic unused pad suppression and embedded component design. The Cross-Section Editor has been enhanced to support multiple stackups for rigid-flex design, each capable of supporting conductor and non-conductor layers such as Soldermask and Coverlay.

New Padstack Editor

A new Padstack Editor has been introduced in OrCAD PCB Editor 17.2-2016 to ease padstack creation through a new modern user interface. In addition to supporting new pad geometries, drill types, additional attributes, and additional mask layers ability to define keep-outs within the padstack with complex geometries for all objects, the new capabilities allow PCB librarians to help PCB designers streamline the design process for complex padstacks, and also the commonly used padstacks.

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OrCAD PCB Designer 17.2-2016 Features

The OrCAD PCB Designer 17.2-2016 release also include new features or enhancements targeted towards improving PCB editors' productivity and ease-of-use. Other new features include: Via2via Line Fattening (HDI), Display Segments Over Voids, Layer Set Based Routing, Diff Pair Routing and DRC, Full Xnet Support, Gloss Commands, Contour Routing, and many more!

OrCAD Capture Design Difference Viewer

The Graphical Design Difference Viewer is a powerful, real-time, design difference, visual review utility in OrCAD Capture with the ability to perform logical as well as graphical comparisons on a page-by-page basis. The Graphical Design Difference Viewer generates an interactive single-report HTML file that is platform and tool independent, a unique viewing feature to identify the differences leading to changes in circuit behavior as well as differences based on individual object level, thereby helping address the specialized needs of the users.

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Advanced Annotation

With the newly introduced Advanced Annotation feature supported by OrCAD Capture, users can assign reference ranges hierarchically by automatically assigning values and perform annotation on the whole design, on hierarchy block at any level, page and property block, giving them complete control over their component annotation process in the design cycle.

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PSpice Virtual Prototyping

The new virtual prototyping functionality introduced in PSpice helps electrical engineers overcome design challenges by automating the code generation for multi-level abstraction models written in C/C++ and SystemC. This functionality assists them in generating code requiring limited coding capabilities by design engineers and thereby making the process of virtual prototyping extremely convenient and easy.

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