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OrCAD PCB Designer - WHICH VERSION IS RIGHT FOR ME?

Feature Comparison:

The following table details the features available in PCB Designer 'Standard' and PCB Designer 'Pro' (versus OrCAD's free, limited functionality, PCB Designer 'Lite').


Lite

  Standard  

    Pro    

PCB Editor Place and Route
Place application mode LIMITED

Cross-place & cross-probe with OrCAD Capture LIMITED

3D visualization / flipboard LIMITED

Quickplace utility LIMITED

Component alignment LIMITED

Place by room / by schematic page LIMITED

Placement replication LIMITED

Native 3D viewer (STEP & Simple extrusions) LIMITED

Floorplanning, Autoplace LIMITED

Component height checks LIMITED

Etch edit app mode LIMITED

Interactive routing LIMITED

Scribble route LIMITED

Group routing (Multi-line routing) LIMITED

Differential pair routing LIMITED

Snake routing (Hex pitch BGA) LIMITED

Jumper support (single-sided design) LIMITED

Slide/Split stacked vias LIMITED

Fan-out generators LIMITED

Copy fanout to same packages LIMITED

Single click multiple hdi-via instantiation LIMITED

Dynamic ratnest suppression during Routing LIMITED

Spread lines between anti-pads LIMITED

Segment over void detection LIMITED

Contour routing - flex LIMITED

Interactive delay tuning

Dynamic heads-up display LIMITED

Shape based curve fillet support, tapered traces


Rigid Flex Technologies
Cross Section support for mask/coating layers LIMITED

Native database flex and surface finish layers LIMITED

Auto-rounding shape corners LIMITED

Dynamic cross hatch and solid planes LIMITED

Cross section by zone LIMITED

Inter layer DRC (mask to mask; mask to surface conductor LIMITED

Zone table chart for manufacturing LIMITED

Dynamic zone placement (auto drop down) LIMITED

Techfile support of zones LIMITED

Curved fillets LIMITED


Autorouting
6-signal-layer autorouting LIMITED

SMD fanout LIMITED

Trace width by net and net class LIMITED

45-degree and memory pattern routing LIMITED

Interactive routing with shoving and plowing LIMITED

Interactive floorplanning LIMITED

Online design rule checking LIMITED

Flip, rotate, align, push, and move components LIMITED

Placement density analysis LIMITED


Constraint Manager
Physical rules LIMITED

Spacing rules LIMITED

SameNet rules LIMITED

Properties and DRCs LIMITED

Differential pairs and static phase control LIMITED

Region rules LIMITED

Single line impedance rules LIMITED

Min. / Max. propagation rules LIMITED

Relative propagation rules LIMITED

Layer set rules

LIMITED

Electrical constraint rule set (ECSets) / topology apply

LIMITED

Matched group rules

LIMITED

Total Etch Length

LIMITED


Schematic Entry and Circuit Design
Graphical, flat, and hierarchical design LIMITED

Heterogeneous bus and NetGroup support LIMITED

Unlimited undo/redo LIMITED

Dynamically update hierarchical blocks LIMITED

Design reuse LIMITED

Reference external designs and circuits LIMITED

Tcl customization LIMITED

Online design rule check LIMITED

Unlimited user-defined properties LIMITED

Heterogeneous and homogeneous parts support LIMITED

PCB forward- and back-annotation LIMITED

Schematic part and library editor LIMITED

PCB cross probing and cross-placement LIMITED

FPGA design-in support LIMITED

FPGA bi-directional support LIMITED

Intelligent PDF creation LIMITED

Flow support for most PCB layout tools

LIMITED

Property editor for pins, components, nets LIMITED

Digi-Key (PartLink App) Component Parametric data directly from web LIMITED

Export to PDF,DXF, EDIF, XML, ISCF LIMITED

Design differences viewer LIMITED

Import PSpice schematic, EDIF,PDIF,XML LIMITED

Import PADS schematic design LIMITED

Import Altium schematic design


Component Information System
Centralized part information system LIMITED

Opt

Opt

ODBC-compliant database support LIMITED

Opt

Opt

Relational data support LIMITED

Opt

Opt

MRP, ERP, and PLM integration LIMITED

Opt

Opt

Graphical preview of database parts LIMITED

Opt

Opt

Intelligent database query LIMITED

Opt

Opt

Component property validation LIMITED

Opt

Opt

Temporary new part introduction LIMITED

Opt

Opt

Extensive reports and report templates LIMITED

Opt

Opt

Crystal Reports for advanced documentation LIMITED

Opt

Opt


Assembly Variants
Unlimited assembly variant support LIMITED

Opt

Opt

Part substitution and part "not present" support LIMITED

Opt

Opt

Variant comparison reports LIMITED

Opt

Opt

Print capabilities for variants LIMITED

Opt

Opt


Signal Integrity Simulation
Pre-route signal integrity analysis LIMITED

Graphical topology definition and exploration LIMITED

Interactive waveform viewer LIMITED

OrCAD Capture SI integration and flow LIMITED

Macro modeling support (DML) LIMITED

IBIS 5.0 and ICM model support LIMITED

Spectre®-to-DML and HSpice-to-IBIS conversion LIMITED

Lossy transmission lines LIMITED

Coupled (3 net) simulation LIMITED

Differential-pair exploration and simulation LIMITED

Single net extraction from PCB Editor LIMITED

Post- route signal integrity analysis LIMITED




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