OrCAD PCB Designer Professional

For proven, scalable, cost-effective PCB editing and routing

The Cadence® OrCAD® PCB Designer suite contains everything needed to take a PCB design from concept to production with a fully integrated design flow–including design capture, component tools, a PCB editor, and an auto/interactive router as well as interfaces for manufacturing, and mechanical CAD.


  • Cadence OrCAD Capture, a comprehensive solution for entering, modifying, and verifying complex system designs quickly and cost-effectively
  • Cadence OrCAD PCB Editor, based on Allegro technology: an intuitive, easy-to-use, constraint-driven environment for creating and editing simple to complex PCBs
  • Cadence SPECCTRA® for OrCAD, the leading solution for automatic and interconnect PCB routing


  • Proven, scalable, cost-effective PCB editing and routing solution that grows as needed
  • Provides a complete interconnect environment
  • Includes a comprehensive feature set
  • Features a front-to-back constraint management system for constraint creation, management, and validation
  • Increases productivity through application integration
  • Tight front-to-back integration


Design Capture Technology
OrCAD Capture offers a comprehensive solution for entering, modifying, and verifying complex system designs quickly and cost-effectively.

SCHEMATIC EDITING enables users to place and connect parts from a comprehensive set of functional libraries.

PROJECT MANAGEMENT enables users to collect and organize all the resources needed for the project throughout the design flow.

HIERARCHICAL DESIGN AND REUSE enables subcircuit reuse—without having to make multiple copies.

LIBRARIES AND PART EDITING enables users to create and edit parts in the library or directly from the schematic page without interrupting workflow.

EASY DATA ENTRY allows designers to access all part, net, pin, and title block properties or any subset and make changes quickly through the spreadsheet property editor.

PCB Editor Technology

  Unlimited database  Exposed copper DRC
  Netlist/crossplace/crossprobe  Interactive routing/etch editing
  Padstack and symbol editor  Automatic silkscreen generation
  Split plane support  Customizable/automated drill legend/NC output
  Multiple via sizes, blind/buried via support  SKILL runtime, macro, and script support
  Autoplacement/Quickplace/Floorplanner  Variant assembly drawing creation
  IFF import  Variant bill-of-materials generation
  3D view with step file support  Dynamic shapes with real-time plowing and healing
  Gerber 274X, 274D artwork output generation, ODB++, IPC 2581  CAD interfaces – DXF (Ver.14), IDF (Ver. 2 and 3), IDX
  Multiple UNDO/REDO  PCB interfaces – OrCAD Layout, PADS (Ver.5), P-CAD (Ver.8), Eagle, Altium
  Via stitching, Delay/Phase tuning, Impedance controlled routing  Constraint manager (Electrical, Physical, Spacing, Properties, and DRC)
  HTML-based reports  Automatic testprep

PCB EDITING ENVIRONMENT provides an intuitive, easy-to-use, constraint-driven environment for creating and editing simple to complex PCBs.

CONSTRAINT MANAGEMENT system displays physical and spacing rules along with a spreadsheet interface that enables the user to define, manage, and validate the different rules in a hierarchical fashion.

FLOORPLANNING AND PLACEMENT is driven by the constraint and rules-driven methodology.

INTERACTIVE ETCH EDITING delivers controlled automation to maintain user control, while maximizing routing productivity.

Dynamic push-and-shove capabilities make interactive editing easy

DYNAMIC SHAPES technology offers real-time copper pour plowing/healing functionality. Shape parameters can be applied at three different levels.

PCB MANUFACTURING features include a full suite of photo-tooling, bare-board fabrication and test outputs, including Gerber 274x, NC drill, and bare-board test, generated in a variety of formats.

PCB Autorouter Technology

  6 signal layer limit  Interactive via search
  Shape-based or gridded autorouting  Interactive routing with shoving and plowing
  SMD fanout  Interactive Floorplanning
  Trace width by net and net classes  Online design rule checking
  Staggered pin support  Flip, rotate, align, push, and move components
  45-degree ECO routing  Placement density analysis
  Memory pattern routing (SMD or through-hole)

AUTOMATED INTERCONNECT ENVIRONMENT solves the challenges of complex interconnect routing with powerful, automated technology.

AUTOROUTING with fast, high completion rates. Routing algorithms are designed to handle a wide range of PCB interconnect challenges—from simple to complex, low density to high density.

INTERACTIVE ROUTE EDITING simplifies and streamlines the etch editing process. As new conductors are routed, the plowing feature automatically pushes aside existing conductors and routes around pins.

PLACEMENT EDITING allows designers to quickly place components while simultaneously evaluating space, logic flow, and congestion before beginning the route or as needed during the routing process.

PCB EDITOR INTEGRATION Through the PCB editor interface, all design information and constraints are automatically passed to the router. Once the route is completed, all route information is automatically passed back to the PCB editor.


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   OrCAD PCB Designer Professional  Data Sheet

MCAD/ECAD integration with IDX support and step file for interactive 3D view