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Cadence Webinars & Tutorials

  • Schematic Design

  • PSpice Analysis

  • PCB Layout

  • Signal Integrity Analysis

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In addition to the videos below, you can also find product user manuals and quick start guides here.

Quick Start Tutorials

Product Overview:
An overview of OrCAD design technologies

This short video introduces users to the advanced design capabilities of OrCAD's 'Capture', 'PSpice' and 'PCB Editor' applications.

Duration: 3 minute 32 seconds

Tutorial Series:
Introduction to Schematic Capture

This introductory series of 11 video tutorials provides an overview to the key steps involved in creating a design project and entering a schematic into OrCAD 'Capture'.
Additional videos below provide more detail on individual features or groups of related features.

Tutorial Series:
Introduction to PCB Layout

This introductory series of 10 video tutorials provides an overview to the key steps involved in laying out a PCB, placing parts, routing, checking designs and outputting production files.
Additional videos below provide more detail on individual features or groups of related features.

Schematic Design

See also:
ECADtools' QUICK START GUIDE 2: Designing a Circuit with OrCAD 'Capture'.

Schematic Basics:
Importing Altium Schematic data into OrCAD Capture

OrCAD's Import Utility lets you convert Altium project, schematic and PCB files and import them into OrCAD.

Download the printable PDF Altium Migration Guide.

Duration: 1 minute 56 seconds

Schematic Basics:
Importing Eagle Schematic & PCB data into OrCAD Capture and PCB Designer

OrCAD's Import Utility lets you convert Autodesk EAGLE files and import them into OrCAD.

Download the printable PDF Eagle Migration Guide.

Duration: 3 minutes 34 seconds

Schematic Basics:
Importing PADS PCB files into OrCAD PCB Designer

OrCAD's Import Utility lets you convert PADs files and import them into OrCAD.

Download the printable PDF PADS Migration Guide.

Duration: 2 minutes 46 seconds

How-To Video:
Generating 'smart interactive PDFs' in 'Capture'

OrCAD 'Capture' lets you generate 'intelligent PDFs' with hierarchical views that allow others to click through schematic views, parts lists, etc, quickly. And they take seconds to generate.

Requires Ghostscript:

Duration: 1 minute 35 seconds

How-To Video:
Generating symbols in OrCAD 'Capture'

This video covers the variety of ways you can create symbols, use templates to save time, and edit or update symbols.

Duration: 1 minute 56 seconds

How-To Video:
Using the 'Graphics Design Compare' feature

This short video explains how to use the graphical design compare feature to quickly distinguish differences between revisions, without having the resort to an error-prone visual review of different schematics.

Duration: 2 minutes 46 seconds

How-To Video:
An introduction to OrCAD 'Constraint Manager'

Using the Constraint Manager, you can define workflows and naming conventions, and define physical, spacing and electrical constraints (such as maximum track width, track-to-via separation and maximum length of differential pairs) that define your design objectives.

Duration: 2 minutes 59 seconds

How-To Video:
More about using 'Constraint Manager' to define design objectives

Dive deeper into how properties entered into OrCAD Capture can become constraint overrides in PCB Editor.

Duration: 4 minutes 58 seconds

OrCAD Constraint-Driven Design Flow

OrCAD's constraint-driven flow provides a unique, fully integrated environment to define design intent and dynamically track compliance throughout the implementation process. This webinar demonstrates how to utilise the constraint-driven flow in OrCAD to improve efficiency, reduce errors, and help ensure on-time product delivery. Topics include constraint resolution, design reuse, routing of differential pairs, and more.

Duration: 40 minutes 33 seconds

How-To Video:
Using 'Ultra Librarian' web based parts database

It is now easier than ever to search and place PCB parts into your designs with the Ultra Librarian for OrCAD plug-in. Watch our quick demonstration video to see the program in action. Contact Us for purchase options.

Duration: 2 minutes 27 seconds

PSpice Analysis

See also:
ECADtools' QUICK START GUIDE 3: Running a Simulation with 'PSpice A/D' user forum how-to videos

Product Overview:
About PSpice, Advanced Analysis and MATLAB co-simulation

Visit to view dozens of videos covering basic mixed signal simulations, through to advanced system level co-simulations when using MATLAB/Simulink.

Duration: 4 minutes 4 seconds

PSpice adds support for System Level models

Regardless of what design app you use, PSpice offers design engineers the most powerful SPICE simulation and analysis tool of them all. With support for system level models developed in SystemC, C/C++, etc, you can even simulate designs including integrated circuits.

Duration: 17 minutes 34 seconds

PSpice Advanced Tips & Tricks

This webinar reveals useful tips and tricks for maximizing the performance of the PSpice A/D simulator.

Duration: 58 minutes 53 seconds

How-To Video:
Curve-fitting with the PSpice 'Optimizer'

This presentation shows how PSpice Advanced Analysis 'Optimizer' features allow you to automatically adjust your PSpice model's parameters or component values, either from values taken from a datasheet or bench measurements, to get the best fit on your PSpice model. Beats 'trial-and-error' methods every time!

Duration: 2 minute 56 seconds

Using MATLAB, Simulink & PSpice to Streamline PCB Design

Discover how PSpice can enhance system level (ie electrical + mechanical) simulations and the analysis of circuit designs in partnership with Mathworks' MATLAB and Simulink tools.

Duration: 40 minutes

PCB Layout

OrCAD 'PCB Designer Professional' overview

This in-depth review covers all the key features available in OrCAD's 'PCB Designer Professional' suite.

Duration: 32 minutes 20 seconds

'PCB Designer Pro' for Advanced Rigid-Flex design

This video explains the advanced rigid-flex design features, including real-time inter-layer checks for coverlay and mask to pad, precious metal to coverlay, and bend area/line to stiffener, component, pin, and via, and arc-aware routing.

Duration: 38 minutes 36 seconds

How-To Video:
Placing parts in 'PCB Editor' (included in PCB Designer 'Standard' & 'Professional')

The PCB Editor app in OrCAD allows you to lay out a PCB and place parts using several different modes.
See also 'Using OrCAD SPECCTRA auto-router feature' webinar below, if you're using PCB Designer 'Professional'.

Duration: 2 minutes 38 seconds

How-To Video:
Using PCB Editor's 'Netlist In' feature

This short video explains how to quickly and effectively get schematic information, including parts and nets, into your PCB design in 'PCB Editor'.

Duration: 2 minutes 38 seconds

How-To Video:
Using PCB Editor's enhanced 'Padstack Editor' feature

See how the new padstack editor makes building and editing padstacks a snap with enhanced support for pads with chamfered corners and donut shaped pads as well as improved communication with manufacturing.

Duration: 2 minutes 57 seconds

How-To Video:
Adding board materials in 'PCB Editor'

This short video covers the steps involved in managing board materials and communicating your design stack-ups effectively to your manufacturer. This video covers how to define materials for your board as well as how to create shared libraries of common materials for later use.

Duration: 2 minute 6 seconds

How-To Video:
Using OrCAD 'Productivity Toolbox' option

OrCAD PCB Productivity Toolbox provides a comprehensive suite of utilities to help PCB designers to increase PCB layout productivity. This short video will show you a selection of features including Label Tune, Barcode, Polar Grid and Post Processing.

Duration: 4 minutes

Using OrCAD 'SPECCTRA' auto-router feature in PCB Designer Pro

Learn how to accelerate your PCB layouts using the SPECCTRA auto-router, which is included in PCB Designer Professional.

Duration: 47 minutes 25 seconds

See also...

Using OrCAD's Constraint Manager to define design objectives from schematic to PCB.

How-To Video:
Exporting PCB artwork and production data files for manufacture

This video reviews how to generate and export silkscreen, solder mask, drill (etc) files to take your PCB into manufacture.

Duration: 3 minutes 36 seconds

How-To Video:
Importing Gerber files into OrCAD for pre-production verification

This video reviews how to import GERBER files generated in OrCAD or Allegro, into OrCAD 17.2 for review.

Duration: 2 minutes 55 seconds

Signal Integrity Analysis

How-To Video:
Working with 'SigXplorer' in PCB Designer Pro

This presentation explores SigXplorer (also referred to as Signal Explorer/SE), which is a feature available with OrCAD PCB Designer 'Professional'.

Duration: 2 minute 59 seconds

How-To Video:
Using SigXplorer for Pre-Route SI Analysis

This video explores using SigXplorer to run signal analyses prior to laying out a PCB, eg to check for voltage overshoot at a receiver.

Duration: 3 minute 47 seconds

How-To Video:
More about PCB Designer Pro's SigXplorer SI tool

This video shows how easy it is to perform quick and accurate SI analysis on nets in the PCB Editor in OrCAD PCB Designer Professional.

Duration: 8 minute 43 seconds

Signal Integrity Basics - using the 'PCB SI' option with OrCAD PCB Designer Pro

This video is an excellent primer for students or engineers not familiar with the use of SI tools for PCB design fault finding and optimisation. Covers theories, practical issues and how to use OrCAD's 'PCB SI' tool (an option with PCB Designer 'Professional') to undertake SI analysis.

Duration: 80 minutes

How-To Video:
Accurately Model a Multi-Gigabit Serial Link 10x Faster

This presentation explores how Sigrity 'SI Base' and the 'System Serial Link Analysis Option' can be used to model serial link interfaces using a cut-and-stitch methodology, which enables creation of 3D full-wave accurate s-parameter models 10x faster than using traditional SI analysis approaches.

Duration: 8 minute 37 seconds

How-To Video:
Finding Signal Integrity (SI) Problems on an Unrouted PCB

This presentation explores how Sigrity SI Base and the new flow planning feature for route planning with signal integrity analysis can help you discover many signal integrity problems while you route - rather than after you've completed a layout.

Duration: 9 minute 27 seconds

How-To Video:
Simulating the Impact of ESDs on PCBs using Sigrity SPEED2000

Learn how to apply an ESD (electro-static discharge) gun model to simulate an ESD event using Sigrity 'SPEED2000'. Also discover how passive components such as transient-voltage-suppression (TVS) diodes can be used to protect your design from an ESD event, without over-designing the protection scheme.

Duration: 13 minutes 19 seconds

Webinar Series:
SI Fundamentals

This webinar series courtesy of FlowCAD Germany explores key signal integrity concepts arising in high-speed PCB design.

SI Webinar 1:
Critical Lengths

When transmitting digital signals at high frequencies, the properties of the transmission paths change, with more reflections and delays occurring the longer the signal pathways. The critical length of a pathway indicates when the connection must be considered as a transmission line. The critical length is calculated from the signal speed and rise time.

Duration: 4 minute 24 seconds

SI Webinar 2:
Propagation Delay

For tracks on a PCB, a distinction is made between microstriplines on the outside that have only one reference plane, and striplines running through inner layers between two reference planes. The propagation speed of a signal in a stripline can be derived simply, since only one dielectric constant (ε r ) must be taken into account, with a value around the 15 cm/ns usually outputted. In a microstripline, air or protective lacquer makes the calculations more complex. The transfer speed on microstriplines is therefore faster than on inner tranmission pathways.

Duration: 2 minute 49 seconds

SI Webinar 3:
Incident Waves

When a driver is connected to a long tranmission line, it initially sees only one transmission line. The amplitude of the driver signal is dependent on the impedance and the internal resistance of the driver. The stronger the driver, the smaller its internal resistance. The internal resistance of a driver can be calculated from the measured first amplitude.

Duration: 2 minute 51 seconds

SI Webinar 4:

Whenever a transmitted signal encounters a discontinuity of the impedance, there are reflections. Causes for discontinuities are: impedance change (layer construction), through-contacts or impedance loads. The amplitude and polarity of the reflected wave is the product of the incident wave and the reflection coefficient. The signal voltage is the sum of the incident wave and the (positive or negative) reflected wave. Reflected signals are also reflected back to the driver after they have completely returned from the receiver to the driver.

Duration: 4 minute 21 seconds

SI Webinar 5:
Transmission Lines

Previously, interconnections on printed circuit boards could be assumed to be ideal, since the applied signal quasi simultaneously at the receiver arrived. At today's high frequencies and thus fast rise times, different signals are generated at the transmitter and receiver. The connections on the printed circuit board must be assumed as a substitute circuit diagram of cascaded RLGC elements. Thus, the alternating current behavior changes particularly for high frequencies.

Duration: 4 minute 8 seconds

Resources above are courtesy of Cadence Design Systems Inc and Cadence Channel Partners,
including EMA Design Automation (USA), Parallel Systems (UK), and FlowCAD (Germany), whose copyright we acknowledge.

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