Calling all OrCAD Users!

By Jim Martens

I’ve been working in this industry for a long time, and I know one thing for a fact: people–especially engineers–don’t like to change! But sometimes design challenges demand a change.

Take, for example, the designs you’re creating today compared to those you worked on five years ago. Today’s designs have more electrical issues to manage, from signal integrity and ensuring your power distribution network is defined in such a way that there are no current density issues, to incredibly highly constrained, dense PCBs. Changing tools might be uncomfortable, but it could be the right way to overcome new design challenges.

OrCAD® Capture is a popular schematic capture tool many of you may have been using since your university days, but its simulation capabilities are limited. Now, you can keep Capture and easily move into the PADS Product Creation platform.

By using OrCAD Capture to front-end PADS Professional, you’ll have access to best-in-class tools for analog/mixed signal, SI, and thermal analysis and a constraint management system that allows you to quickly create and manage design rules, including high-speed rules that are propagated throughout the flow.

You’ll also get the best PCB technology in the industry. PADS Professional includes advanced technologies in placement planning, sketch and interactive routing, RF, and constraint editing. And, as part of the PADS Product Creation platform, you’ll also have ready access to ECAD-MCAD collaboration, DC Drop analysis, electronic signoff, a DDR wizard, and 3D computational fluid dynamics thermal analysis. All at very affordable prices!

Change is always tough–I don’t like change either–but, oftentimes, change is exactly what we need to move forward. And we almost always find out we should have made the change much sooner. Try PADS Professional for free.

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