Which PCB Editor is right for you?

 

OrCAD PCB Designer Standard or OrCAD PCB Designer Professional.

 

OrCAD technologies come in different product configurations that offer specific levels of functionality to fit your budget constraints, design flows, and feature requirements. Compare OrCAD PCB Designer Standard and OrCAD PCB Designer Professional to determine which best fits your design needs.

 

The OrCAD Lite version will let you experience all the features and functionality of the actual software, limited only by the size and complexity of the design.

 

 

 

OrCAD

Lite

OrCAD PCB Designer

Standard

OrCAD PCB Designer Professional
PCB Editor Place and Route

Place application mode

LIMITED

Crossplace and crossprobe with OrCAD Capture

LIMITED

3D visualization / flipboard

LIMITED

Quickplace utility

LIMITED

Component alignment

LIMITED

Place by room / by schematic page

LIMITED

Placement replication

LIMITED

 

Native 3D viewer (STEP & Simple extrusions)

LIMITED

Floorplanning,  Autoplace

LIMITED

Component height checks

LIMITED

Etch edit app mode

LIMITED

Interactive routing

LIMITED

Scribble route

LIMITED

Group routing (Multi-line routing)

LIMITED

Diff pair routing

LIMITED

Snake routing (Hex pitch BGA)

LIMITED

Jumper support (single-sided design)

LIMITED

Slide/Split stacked vias

LIMITED

Fan-out generators

LIMITED

Copy fanout to same packages

LIMITED

Single click multiple hdi-via instantiation

LIMITED

Dynamic ratnest suppression during Routing

LIMITED

Spread lines between anti-pads

LIMITED

 

Segment over void detection

LIMITED

 

Contour routing - flex

LIMITED

 

Interactive delay tuning

   

Dynamic heads-up display

LIMITED

 

Shape based curve fillet support, tapered traces

   

Rigid Flex Technologies

Cross Section support for mask/coating layers

LIMITED

Native database flex and surface finish layers

LIMITED

Auto-rounding shape corners

LIMITED

Dynamic cross hatch and solid planes

LIMITED

Cross section by zone

LIMITED

 

Inter layer DRC (mask to mask; mask to surface conductor)

LIMITED

 

Zone table chart for manufacturing 

LIMITED

 

Dynamic zone placement (auto drop down)

LIMITED

 

Techfile support of zones

LIMITED

 

Curved fillets

LIMITED

 

Autorouting
6-signal-layer autorouting

LIMITED

 

SMD fanout

LIMITED

 

Trace width by net and net class

LIMITED

 

45-degree and memory pattern routing

LIMITED

 

Interactive routing with shoving and plowing

LIMITED

 

Interactive floorplanning

LIMITED

 

Online design rule checking

LIMITED

 

Flip, rotate, align, push, and move components

LIMITED

 

Placement density analysis

LIMITED

 

Constraint Manager
Physical rules

LIMITED

Spacing rules

LIMITED

SameNet rules

LIMITED

Properties and DRCs

LIMITED

Differential pairs and static phase control

LIMITED

Region rules

LIMITED

 

Single line impedance rules

LIMITED

 

Min. / Max. propagation rules

LIMITED

 

Relative propagation rules

LIMITED

 

Layer set rules

LIMITED

 

Electrical constraint rule set (ECSets) / topology apply

LIMITED

 

Matched group rules

LIMITED

 

Total Etch Length

LIMITED

 

Schematic Entry and Circuit Design
Graphical, flat, and hierarchical design

LIMITED

Heterogeneous bus and NetGroup support

LIMITED

Unlimited undo/redo

LIMITED

Dynamically update hierarchical blocks

LIMITED

Design reuse

LIMITED

Reference external designs and circuits

LIMITED

Tcl customization

LIMITED

Online design rule check

LIMITED

Unlimited user-defined properties

LIMITED

Heterogeneous and homogeneous parts support

LIMITED

PCB forward- and back-annotation

LIMITED

Schematic part and library editor

LIMITED

PCB cross probing and cross-placement

LIMITED

FPGA design-in support

LIMITED

FPGA bi-directional support

LIMITED

Intelligent PDF creation

LIMITED

Flow support for most PCB layout tools

LIMITED

Property editor for pins, components, nets

LIMITED

Digi-Key (PartLink App) Component Parametric data directly from web

LIMITED

Export to PDF,DXF, EDIF, XML, ISCF

LIMITED

Design differences viewer

LIMITED

Import PSpice schematic, EDIF,PDIF,XML

LIMITED

Import PADS schematic design

LIMITED

Import Altium shcematic design

 

Component Information System
Centralized part information system

LIMITED

CIS option CIS option
ODBC-compliant database support

LIMITED

CIS option CIS option

Relational data support

LIMITED

CIS option CIS option
MRP, ERP, and PLM integration

LIMITED

CIS option CIS option
Graphical preview of database parts

LIMITED

CIS option CIS option
Intelligent database query

LIMITED

CIS option CIS option
Component property validation

LIMITED

CIS option CIS option
Temporary new part introduction

LIMITED

CIS option CIS option
Extensive reports and report templates LIMITED CIS option CIS option
Crystal Reports for advanced documentation

LIMITED

CIS option CIS option
Assembly Variants
Unlimited assembly variant support

LIMITED

CIS option CIS option
Part substitution and part "not present" support

LIMITED

CIS option CIS option
Variant comparison reports

LIMITED

CIS option CIS option
Print capabilities for variants

LIMITED

CIS option CIS option
Signal Integrity Simulation
Pre-route signal integrity analysis

LIMITED

Graphical topology definition and exploration

LIMITED

Interactive waveform viewer

LIMITED

OrCAD Capture SI integration and flow

LIMITED

Macro modeling support (DML)

LIMITED

IBIS 5.0 and ICM model support

LIMITED

Spectre®-to-DML and HSpice-to-IBIS conversion

LIMITED

Lossy transmission lines

LIMITED

Coupled (3 net) simulation 

LIMITED

Differential-pair exploration and simulation

LIMITED

Single net extraction from PCB Editor

LIMITED

 

Post- route signal integrity analysis

LIMITED