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ECADtools supplies world-class design and simulation tools
to the Australian/NZ engineering design communities.

These tools aid the simulation and creation of
more reliable and efficient products and services.



  • OPAL-RT is the world leader in PC/FPGA-based real-time digital Hardware and Software-in-the-Loop (HIL & SIL) simulation and Rapid Control Prototyping (RCP) solutions. Their real-time simulation tools facilitate the design, testing and optimisation of control and protection systems for power electronics and power grids, as well as motor drives and battery storage solutions for automotive, rail, aviation, marine and other applications. They've not only been used to design and manage many of the world's largest power grids, but are helping deliver new technologies as diverse as 'smart grids', autonomous vehicles, and more efficient solar cells and inverters.

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  • Cadence Design Systems is one of the world's largest EDA solutions providers, with their OrCAD and Allegro PCB design tools, and PSpice and Sigrity circuit and PCB simulation tools continuing to lead the way in tools that let engineers create more complex products more quickly; with advanced features such as 'DesignTrue' (which spots DRC violations in real-time) and PCB SI (which spots potential signal problems, even in the schemtic design stage, in real-time) helping set Cadence apart. They also provide software to more than 1,000 universities worldwide, with more than 70% of Australian EE undergraduates developing proficiency in SPICE using OrCAD.

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What's New



18/1/18:

OPAL-RT announces complete Cyber-Physical solution

OPAL-RT TECHNOLOGIES has partnered with Scalable Networks Technologies, a world leader in high-performance communication systems simulation, to deliver an exceptionally powerful platform for simulating real-world cyberattacks and system failures in a controlled environment, and modelling the resilience of protection systems.
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20/12/17:

Updated guide to simulation software

We've created a simple one page summary of OPAL-RT's software platforms and options. Incudes a summary of capabilities and typical applications.
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29/11/17:

US National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL) evaluating world-best microgrid controller solutions

The NREL's 'Strategic Team Lead, Microgrids', Brian Miller, reviews his group's microgrid hardware testbeds, which are being used to evaluate leading control solutions. At the heart of this project is OPAL-RT's real-time simulator platforms.
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6/6/18:

Updated OrCAD Blog launched
Blogs now have a new home. Find posts about products, new technologies, industry trends, etc.
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11/5/18:

New OrCAD Resources page launched
The OrCAD website is changing, starting with a revamped RESOURCES section. Find more, faster.
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11/5/18:

50-75% off a range of OrCAD packages.
With QIR6 May 2018 software release comes some special offers to make OrCAD even better value.
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20/3/18:

Get 75% OFF the RRP of OrCAD EDM (Engineering Data Management) for PCB Designer.
We get lots of questions about tools for managing IP re-use and ensuring project documentation procedures are adhered to within design teams. OrCAD 'EDM' solves many design team issues because it's integrated with OrCAD, not an added-on after-thought.
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Products in the Spotlight


  • HYPERSIM lets you simulate
    3-phase electro-magnetic
    and electro-mechanical
    transients in real-time.
    Ideal for power systems
    simulation.

  • RT-Lab converts Simulink┬«
    models into interactive
    real-time simulation
    applications; with an
    intuitive GUI for control and
    data acqusition.

  • World-class OrCAD PCB design
    and simulation software for
    Australian and New Zealand universities at the lowest
    prices on the planet?
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  • OrCAD's SI tools can help
    identify and correct signal
    integrity issues both pre- and
    post route, regardless of what PCB editor you use. LEARN MORE >>