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Announcing OrCAD 16.6—A One-Two Punch for Mainstream PCB Engineers

The latest PCB design solution from Cadence, OrCAD 16.6, offers new features, enhanced customization capabilities, and significant performance improvements to help customers achieve a shorter, more predictable path to product creation. A key feature of the 16.6 release is a new signal integrity flow starting from schematic entry. The flow introduces a higher level of automation to increase ease-of-use and electrical engineering productivity, especially during circuit simulation high-speed digital circuits.

Comprehensive and exhaustive circuit simulation for analog/mixed-signal designs can consume an excessive amount of time and compute resources. Coupled with simulation convergence issues, these challenges lead to schedule delays. Enhancements to PSpice technology in OrCAD 16.6—namely multi-core simulation support—deliver major convergence improvements and an average 20% gain in simulation speed for even the largest designs and designs dominated by complex models.

For high-speed digital circuit design, OrCAD users typically explored topologies and constraints through a manual process that required separate schematic entry and signal integrity (SI) tools. The 16.6 release features a new schematic entry/signal integrity flow that provides a seamless, bi-directional interface between the OrCAD Capture and OrCAD PCB SI environments. With higher levels of integration and automation, users now have a comprehensive design methodology for streamlining pre-layout topology and constraint exploration.

OrCAD 16.6 also extends the Capture tool’s Tcl programming capability and apps methodology to PSpice. Having Tcl access to the simulation environment and data allows users to customize their simulations with tolerances on any parameter, map user parameters, or program PSpice with user-defined equations and expressions.

“This release demonstrates our ongoing commitment to evolving and advancing Cadence mainstream PCB design solutions,” says Josh Moore, Director of Product Marketing for OrCAD, System and Software Realization Group, Cadence. “The 16.6 release not only provides an update of our core OrCAD technologies with new features; it also delivers a powerful one-two punch for engineers fighting today’s toughest mixed-signal and high-speed design challenges.”

The Cadence OrCAD 16.6 release will be available in early Q4.

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