Introductory tutorials on Cadence OrCAD Capture, PSpice and PCB Designer ( PCB Editor) It uses OrCAD , the latest version at the end of I have not yet updated this document for version The main body is a tutorial that guides you through the layout of two simple PCBs. First The Cadence OrCAD PCB Designer suite comprises three main applications. PSPICE tutorial: a simple DC circuit. We will learn some of the basic maneuvers of using the Cadence schematic capture program and. PSPice engine through a .
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The biggest alteration in the interface is the Place Part dialog box, which has become a pop-out panel.
I have not yet updated it for version This behaviour can be changed orczd an option in the Miscellaneous tab of the Preferences dialog box. Most PCBs for students are made in-house using photomasks printed directly from PCB Editor; this needs considerable manipulation of the colours and visibility because PCB Editor was not designed for such an old-fashioned process!
We also require guide holes in the pads for the drill, which requires specially modified padstacks. Unfortunately the tutorials that come with PCB Designer are fairly limited, given the complexity of the software, and it is not easy for newcomers to navigate around the documentation. The detailed descriptions of commands are excellent but you need to be reasonably familiar with the tools before this becomes meaningful.
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Please send me a note if you would like a copy of the local library of footprints mentioned above. However, instructors will be delighted to hear that the type of project can be changed in version The main difference between the two is the way in which the padstacks are modified to get guide holes for the drill. Please send me a note if you find them useful and that might encourage me to keep them up to date!
I have updated it for versions It has been updated for version Suggestions for improving them would of course be welcome too. Right-click on a design file with extension. I recommend this strongly. A few minor points are already out of date because the author uses version I teach several courses that use different applications in the Cadence OrCAD suite and have collected the handouts here.
It is far more comprehensive and authoritative than my tutorials, listed below. This introduction guides you through two simple designs and is followed by a list of slightly more advanced techniques. Here is my rather long-winded tutorial for students who have never used these applications before. orfad
It uses OrCAD The tutorial was originally written for version There are few changes in functionality beyond version This solves the common problem of students who create the wrong type of project. Tutoiral excellent book was published in on this software: Most people are probably not interested in the extra material but here is the handout for completeness. We use a local library of footprints that includes extra large pads to make assembly easier for inexperienced students.
The tutorial is based on my introductory course on PCB design. Many good introductions to Capture and PSpice can be found on the web and in textbooks. It covers the general principles of designing a PCB, including a lot of useful reference material, as well as the software itself.