Hello to all - I'm looking for some feedback from users of the Orcad Layout tool vs. the Allegro 220 (+ performance Option). Originally posted in cdnusers.org by Kman
(Currently using Capture CIS/Precience/PADS)
I've only used the Orcad Layout EE version. This really is a basic tool and not for complex boards. (I used it for 3 bds, 1st time EVER, in the last 6mths)
(I'm a 15+ yr Mentor user, so this PADS, Orcad, Allegro usage is keeping me busy)
Just had the demo of the Allegro 220 recently. I'm in the process of setting up evaluation. While it looks like it can do ALOT, the interface (menus) appears very unnecessarily complex. (footprint/geoms are now called symbols, WHY?!)
In any case;
Orcad Layout has a 16 layer auto-router and Specctra (but its grid based)
Allegro has 6 layer auto-router and Specctra (but gridless)
What features do you like?
Do you prefer one over the other?
Is the translation of existing databases smooth?
Need to do the following;
Multiple split planes on multiple layers
Fanouts (BGA's and SOICs)
Any input would be helpful.
Thanks In Advance