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OrCAD X is the new integrated PCB design platform from Cadence. It enhances the PCB design process, making it faster, easier, and well-connected.

OrCAD enables engineers to address PCB design challenges at any stage:

  • Design with a new 3D engine, Allegro X technology, and Symphony collaborative tools.
  • Get critical performance insight during the design phase with capture-to-manufacture analysis.
  • Simplify the preparation and delivery of manufacturing information.
  • Take control of your data management -- data, libraries, and design history.
  • Collaborate and communicate with native tools, in the context of design.

Advance your PCB design potential with OrCAD X.


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Powerful PCB Design

  • Unlock your design potential in a streamlined layout environment including the Allegro X constraint engine and automatic placement & routing.
  • Easily meet propagation and length goals using interactive visual constraint management.
  • Understand design choices in the moment with integrated analysis and realtime visual guidance including live DRC.

Interactive 3D

  • Visualize designs better than ever using the new high-performance 3D engine.
  • Design in full spatial awareness with interactive 3D canvas and 3D design rule check with flex bending and enclosures.
  • Precisely space components and copper in 3D while detecting and resolving collisions.

Personalized Design Environment

  • Regain productivity and personalize workflows with movable floating panels, configurable shortcut keys, and cross-probing.
  • Increase focus with parametric graphical highlights, filters, and navigation.

Cadence OrCAD X provides in-design analysis to reduce respins.

Concept-to-Manufacture Analysis

  • Quickly validate choices before committing them to hardware by leveraging the in-design analysis tools.
  • Complete complex and high-speed designs faster with automated, signal-aware analysis.
  • Optimize for production costs with tolerance sensitivity analysis.
  • Discover overly stressed components and improve reliability using smoke analysis.

Documentation Made Easy

  • Eliminate costly documentation error and rework. Setup documentation ahead of time and let LiveDOC automatically update fabrication and assembly drawings as design changes are made.

Cadence OrCAD X has robust real-time DFM.

Real-time Design for Manufacturing (DFM)

  • Ensure efficient completion and confident signoff with full, real-time design for fabrication (DFF), assembly (DFA), and test (DFT).
  • Over 100 essential constraint checks easily flag common manufacturability issues.

Cadence OrCAD X is made for effective design reuse.

Design for Reuse

  • Save time and reduce cost by reusing proven subcircuit designs in hierarchical blocks with OrCAD Capture.
  • Accelerate layout process and avoid SI & thermal issues by reusing modules of completed and validated circuitry.

Centralized Data & Process

  • Accelerate design cycles with used-defined project workflows and templates.
  • Centralize design data in order to easily manage and review design revisions in context of the full design history.
  • Build a robust, sharable part library that stays up-to-date in real time with information from the source.
  • Seamlessly integrate with the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform using the official connector from Dassault Systèmes.

Streamlined Collaboration

  • Do PCB design as a two-person team in realtime with Symphony -- concurrent design on the cloud, no stop-and-go or file transfer necessary.
  • Reduce misunderstanding and collaborate faster with markup and team communication directly on the OrCAD X design.
  • Enable ECAD and MCAD teams to work in tandem and error-free with MCADX for SOLIDWORKS for bidirectional data transfer.
  • See the SOLIDWORKS connection in our MCADX demo >>


Improve PCB design manufacturability with Cadence OrCAD X

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Ready to revolutionize your PCB design process? Try OrCAD X Professional for 30 days and experience the future of integrated PCB design.

  • Design like never before with the new Allegro constraint engine.
  • Get real-time in-design analysis.
  • Simplify the preparation and delivery of manufacturing information.
  • Take control of your data.
  • Collaborate and communicate with native tools.

Design with OrCAD X Standard


  • Enables new designers to quickly, and accurately create a PCB
  • Production-proven solution, design and build with confidence
  • Basic data management in a cloud infrastructure
  • Scalability into the full range of Cadence solutions


Design with OrCAD X Professional

Professionals, Small Businesses, and Teams

  • Robust features that are easy to learn and use
  • More advanced PCB design features
  • Cloud data management and collaboration
  • Scalability into the full range of Cadence solutions


Design with OrCAD X Professional Plus

Professionals, Small Businesses, and Teams

  • Everything from OrCAD X Professional plus major additional PSpice capability
  • Learn through simulation how designs will perform before manufacture
  • Improve quality and efficiency with design optimization tools
  • System-level simulation and co-simulation with Simulink integration



Compare Allegro X Packages

AWR Interface

Multi-Style Design Creation (Tabular/Graphical/Language)

Allegro Design Entry (System Capture)

System Level Design (3 Boards)

System Level Design (Unlimited Boards)

Enable Access to Centralized Pulse

Audit Rules in Design Integrity

Variants Flow

MTBF Analysis

PCB Editor

Intelligent Topology Apply of Electrical Constraint Rule Set (ECSets)

PCB Interconnect Bundle, Flow Creation, Editing and Controls

Rigid Flex Design

PCB Design for Assembly, DFA Placement Matrix Rules

PCB Editor Floorprint Editor

Auto-interactive Breakout Technology

Auto Connect - Direct-to-Etch Auto Routing for Selected Clines

Dynamic Flow Creation

Auto-interactive Trunk Routing

Plan Spatial Feasibility Analysis and Feedback

Generate Topological Plan

Convert Topological Plan to Traces (CLINES)

Allegro RF PCB Aware Technology

MCAD/ECAD Incremental Design Data Exchange (EDMD)

New 3D Canvas

Embedded Packaged Components

Dynamic Fillet Glossing Option

AWR Microwave Office Interface

Layer Base Dynamic Shape Control

Vision (Routing, Placement)

Automatic Power Plane Generation 23.1

Dynamic Backdrilling

Allegro Router (High Performance Level)

Design for Manufacturing

Advanced Rules

Allegro PCB Router 256U

Allegro PCB Router 6U

High Speed Paramterized Structures

Intelligent, Navigatable PDF Output from PCB Editor


HDI Micro-via Stack Editing

Auto-interactive Delay Tuning (AiDT)

Auto-interactive Phase Tuning (AiPT)


DesignTrue DFM Rule Aggregator

DesignTrue DFM: In-design DFM, DFA: core Checks (100+ Checks)

DesignTrue DFM: In-design DFM, DFA: Flex Checks

DesignTrue DFM: In-design DFM: DFF, DFA and DFT Advance Checks (1000+ Checks)

Table Driven Constraints (Physical, Spacing, Electrical)

Special Routing (Tabbed, Weave, offset, Snake, Scribble, Coutour)

Generic GPU Acceleration

Electrical Rules (Reflection, Timing, Crosstalk)

Electrical Routing Rules: Impedances and Delay

Region-based Rules

Diff Pairs, Physical, Spacing, Properties, SameNet Rules Worksheet

RAVEL Checker

RAVEL Developer

Estimated Crosstalk Rules

Derived Constraint Rule Sets (Physical Spacing)

X:AI, JedAI, and Pulse Capable


Backward Compatable to 17.2

Can access SamacSys and UltraLibrarian for parts


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