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Logging into CIP

Using Help

Performing a Search

Using CIS DB Search

Using Quick Search

Using the Part Type Search

Using the Distributor Search Tab

Creating New Parts in CIP

Creating a New Blank Part

Modifying an Existing Part

Copy an Existing Part

Copying a TMP Part from a Distributor Search Part

Previewing and Placing a Schematic Part

Preview the PCB Footprint

Using the Temp Parts Tab

Uploading the Bill of Materials (BOM) into CIP


Launching Where Used

BOM Export



Component Information Portal (CIP) provides a powerful interface for entering, deleting or modifying data. You can search parts as well as generate temporary parts using CIP. CIP also facilitates the process of converting temporary parts into formal parts.

You can also create Capture symbols and PCB Footprints using the OrCAD Library builder feature available within CIP, after making sure that the license of OrCAD Library builder is available.

CIP searches the results in two types of databases: - Local and Distributor.





To take advantage of the capabilities offered with the integration of CIP, Cadence OrCAD Capture CIS and OrCAD Library Builder, set up the following configuration:

  • Cadence OrCAD Capture CIS 17.2-2016
  • CIP License (which is different from CIS)
  • OrCAD Library Builder License 17.2 and installation of OrCAD Library Builder at your machine
  • Windows 7, Vista, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows 10
  • Allegro Free Viewer


Logging into CIP

You can access the CIP in two ways:


1. From an external browser


The URL is: SQL_Server_Name/CIP-E/


As you can see in Figure 1 below, the URL given is: pc-radhikag/CIP-E/


Figure 1: The CIP Login Page



2. From within the OrCAD Capture environment


Follow the steps mentioned below-


I. Launch OrCAD Capture CIS. Select the CIP menu and choose “Open CIP” as shown in Figure 2.


Figure 2: The CIP Menu


This will launch CIP.


II. Enter the username and password.


Figure 3: The CIP Login Page

If your account is a local account, you will need to enter the username and password before selecting theLog inbutton.If the account is a Windows account, you only need to select theWindowsbutton and you will be automatically logged in.


The login you acquire will determine the privileges you have while working with CIP. This is defined by an Administrator. Only the Administrator has access to the admin menu as shown, which is used to set certain options such as define ‘user roles and permissions’, and make configuration changes in CIP.



First-time authentication:


When CIP is first installed there are some default user names that are set up.

When you launch CIP for the first time, log in with the user name admin and the password Admin.


Once logged in, set up the users who can access CIP and set them up as Windows users.


From the Admin menu select Users, Roles & Permissions.


Figure 4: The Admin menu



Click the Windows check box and enter the user name in the appropriate field. CIP will try to locate the user name as you enter it.


Figure 5: The Admin- Users, Roles and Permissions Setting


Once you have created the user and assigned the appropriate role the check mark icon at the beginning of the line will be active and you can save the user name. This user will now be able to log in to CIP using their Windows credentials.


The CIP Homepage


As soon as you invoke CIP you see the CIP Homepage which is the same as the CIS DB Search Page. This is essentially a query page inside CIP where you can build queries. You can set your parametric field using any of the fields that are available in the drop-down list. You can also choose an operator.


Figure 6: The CIP Search Page



Note: Special characters like * cannot be used in the parametric search.



Using Help

Once logged in, the main Help link will be located at the top right area of the CIP window. Here you can also see the login name and the log off links.



Figure 7: The Help Button


When the Help document opens, you will be able to search for the items you need.



Figure 8: The Help Document



Performing a Search

The different types of searches are described below:


1. Using CIS DB Search

The CIS DB Search tab enables you to perform part searches in the local database. You can search for parts using the parametric fields for a refined search.


Figure 9: The CIP/CIS DB Search page



LAB-1: How to perform CIS DB Search


1. Go to the Parametric Field and use the drop-down list to select Part Type. Change the operator to “Contains” and enter Ceramic in the Parametric Field.

2. Click the + button in the Add/Remove area to add another row.

3. Use the drop-down list to change the Parametric Field in the newly added row to PCB Footprint. Change the operator to “Contains” and enter CAPC1608X87N in the Parametric Field.

4. Click the Search button.

See Figure 10 below for your reference.



Figure 10: CIS DB Search Using Different Parameters


One can include additional fields using the “Include Additional Fields in the Search Results” checkbox. For instance, we have added Tolerance in the “Include Additional Fields in Search Results” and we can see that the Tolerance field is added in the displayed search results as well. See Figure 11 below.


You can also add more additional fields by clicking on the + button. This will add a new row and you can choose any additional fields from the drop-down list.




Figure 11: Including Additional Field

You can export the results into Microsoft Excel by clicking on the Export button with the “For Excel” option, as highlighted in Figure 12 below. Click on the Export button again to view the results.



Figure 12: Export Search Results in Excel Format


2. Using Quick Search

This can be done by entering search data in the Search entry field on the right side of the Menu bar, then clicking the GO button to initiate the search.



LAB-2: How to perform Quick Search

1. In the Search block, enter Capacitor as highlighted in Figure 13.

2. Click Go to launch the search. Re-view the results. Note that the Table has the search string “Capacitor”.

Figure 13: The Quick Search Page

3. Using the Part Type Search

The Part Type determines where a part will reside in CIP. Part Types can be created if you have administrator privileges. The Part Type tab enables you to search by expanding tables and sub-categories.


Lab-3: How to perform the Part Type Search

1. Click the Part Type tab in the default page, that is, the CIS DB Search page.

2. Expand the table tree and you can see the list of the available parts, as shown in Figure 14.


Figure 14: The Part Type Tab in the CIS DB Search Page


4. Using the Distributor Search Tab

It provides a way to directly search for parts that are available from the list of distributors databases. These parts have varying options to check, such as In Stock, RoHS Complaint, and Lead Free parts. TheSearch Typeallows you to search based on theKeywordorManufacturer Part Number. When searching across multiple distributors, the results are limited to 25 records from each distributor.



Figure 15: The Distributor Search Page

Search by Keyword


You may also perform aKeywordsearch by selecting the drop-down option from theSearch Typelist. You may search multiple distributors at the same time. Add the keyword and click theSearchbutton to obtain results.

Note: "In Stock", "RoHS Compliant" and "Lead Free" filter options are not provided by Arrow Electronics. When selecting multiple distributors, these will not be shown when Arrow is included.


Figure 16: Searching by Keyword



Search by the Manufacture Part Number


You may search bythe Manufacturer Part Numberby selecting the drop-down option from theSearch Typelist. You may search multiple distributors at the same time. Add the Manufacturer Part Number and click theSearchbutton to obtain results.



Figure 17: Searching by the Manufacturer Part Number


Lab-4: How to perform the Distributor Search


1. Click on the Distributor Search menu.

2. Select Arrow and Mouser in the Distributors field.

3. Select the Keyword option and enter the value Capacitor.

4. Check the options for In Stock; RoHS Complaint; Lead Free.

5. Click Search and review the results.

Similarly, you can search the parts using the Manufacturer Part Number in the Search Type drop-down as shown in Figure 18 below.



Figure 18: Distributor Search


Creating New Parts in CIP

There are different ways to generate new parts in CIP, as described below:

1.Generate a blank part and then fill in all the appropriate fields.

2. Copy an existing part, then update the fields that will differ in the new part.

3. Use the Distributor Search to locate the part from a distributor, and add it to the database.


Here, after adding it, the parametric data will be auto-populated into the corresponding fields and the part will receive a TMP part number.


Creating a New Blank Part

1. New parts can be added by clicking theNewbuttonfrom any Part Information page of a part detail. The Newbutton is only available to users with permission to add a new part.


Figure 19: The Part Detail Window


2. This opens an editing page where all the fields are blank, and you can enter the data for the new part (including a new part number).


Figure 20: The New Blank Part Window


3. There are options for adding a part number. You can enter a preferred part number in the PART_NUMBER field.


Figure 21: Automatic Generation of a Part
Number for a New Part

You can also add the part with a TMP
part number. Once you click the “Add part with next temporary PART_NUMBER” button,
that part will be added with the next available TMP part number in the

Figure 22: Next
temporary Part Number Tab

Figure 23: New
Temp Part Created

Modifying an Existing Part

1. Parts can be modified by selecting the Edit button on a Part Information page. If you do not see the Edit button, then you
do not have permission to modify a part.

Figure 24: The
Part Information window- The Edit button

2. Once the Part Information appears, modify the desired data
and click the Update button to
implement the change.

Figure 25: The
New modified part- The Update button

If the Customizable
Fields in Administrative Configurations have been configured such that a field
offers a drop-down list, you will be able to choose from the pick list for the
available values. For example, if the Dielectric Type field has been set up to
offer a drop-down list of the values: Ceramic, Aluminum, Tantalum, or Unknown,
then you will be able to access the list and choose one of those values. A
default value can also be set, as shown below.

Figure 26: Part Details

Copying an Existing Part

1. The Copy button allows you to create
a copy of any existing Formal or Temp part. It also provides an optional
check box to copy the associated Manufacturer Parts associated with the Formal
or Temp part.

Find the part to be copied. From the Part
Information section, click the Copy button


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Information- The Copy button

This opens an editing page with all the copied properties other than the
part number and part type properties, which you can add accordingly.

Figure 28: The Part Editing Page

After clicking the Copy button, you will be
able to change the field values and choose whether to copy the associated
Manufacturer Parts (using the check box shown) or not.

Figure 29: The Part Editing Fields

To copy a part as a temporary part, click the Copy
as TMP button
This will copy the part and its field values. If Copy Manufacturer
Parts is clicked, the associated Manufacturer Parts will be copied as well.
CIP will assign the next available TMP PN to the copied part.

Figure 30: The Part Editing Field- TMP part

To copy a part with the given PN (that is, the
value in the PART_NUMBER field), populate the PART_NUMBER field manually, or
click to
generate the next available number. When ready to complete the copy,
click  to copy
the given PN. If PART_NUMBER is left blank, you will receive an error message
after clicking the Copy button. The error message will inform you that
PART_NUMBER is a required field.

Figure 31: The Part Number Field

Copying a TMP Part from a Distributor Search Part

Find the desired part then choose a category
for the part. From the drop-down list in the Table area, select the CIS
database table where the part will be stored.


Figure 32: Part Detail- The Distributor

After this, you will be given an option to map
the part to a schematic symbol as well as a PCB footprint. CIP offers the
schematic symbol and PCB footprints that are already associated with other
parts in the same table. Choose them and then click ADD.


Figure 33: Add Properties to the New Part

A new TMP part will be created with the
specified part data. This TMP part would have been added to the CIS database
and will be available for placement in the schematic.


Previewing and Placing a Schematic Part

Capture symbols can be previewed and placed from CIP, when
running inside Capture. When CIP is running inside Capture, open any given
part. Look at the Preview button to the far right of the Schematic Part
field as highlighted in Figure 34.

Figure 34: Click the Part Preview Button

If the Preview button is active, click it to preview the

In the CIP, we can preview and place the schematic symbol to
the schematic page.

In the Part Information, there are two options in the Schematic Part field:

1. Placing the part in the schematic

2. Previewing the part prior to placement.

Once the preview window appears, click the Place button to
place the part on the active schematic page, or click the close button, to close
the preview window.

Figure 35: Click Place for Placing the Part
on Schematic or X to Close

If there are multiple symbols (for example, CAPACITORS\CAP,
CAPACITORS\CAP_P...), a drop-down list will be available to preview and place
the other symbols.

Figure 36: Preview Alternative Parts Using
the Drop-down list

placing the part is successful, the part will be placed on the schematic. If
multiple schematic pages are open, the part will be placed on the active
schematic page.

Figure 37: Part Placed Successfully

If you
click Place and a schematic page is not open/active, an error message will
appear, as shown in Figure 38.

Figure 38: Error when Active Schematic Is Not

If you do not wish to Preview, you
can simply Place the part on the Schematic by clicking the Place button.
The part placed on the Schematic will be the same whether previewed first
or just placed.

Figure 39: Click Place for Placing the Part
on the Schematic Without Previewing

Clicking Place without previewing first will always place the first symbol.
If alternative symbols need to be placed, the Preview option should be
used to select the alternative symbol before placing it.


Preview the PCB Footprint

If the
PCB footprint field is populated the footprint name and the symbol can be found
in the pre-determined library paths, and the PCB footprint will appear after
selecting the Preview button.

NOTE: Before previewing the footprint, you need to make sure
that the path to the PCB footprints is specified in the [Allegro Footprints]
section of the Capture.ini file. If the path is not specified, then you will
get the error message as shown below in Figure 40.

Allegro Footprint not found.


Figure 40: Error message- Allegro Footprint
Not Found

To resolve this error, set
the Allegro footprints in capture.ini by performing the following steps:

. Close the Capture application.

. Open the capture.inifile, located at %home%\cdssetup\OrCAD_Capture\17.2.0, in a text editor.

. Look forthe section called[Footprint Viewer
Type]. If this section does not exist, add the following section at the bottom
of the capture.ini file:

Viewer Type]


[Allegro Footprints]

dir0=<path to directory with Allegro footprints>

You can
locate the Allegro symbols for the parts present in CIP, at the CIP
installation location. In the case being discussed, it is as shown below:


this directory under the [Allegro Footprints] section, as shown in Figure 41:


Figure 41: The Capture.ini Setting

Note: The CIP-E folder is created on installing the starter
library. Allegro_Library is the folder inside CIP-E that contains the Allegro

Note:If you have more directories, you can add more
directory statements (dir1, dir2, and so on, as shown earlier).

Save the
capture.ini file, then invoke Capture and open CIP and open any given part.
Look at the Preview button to the far right of the PCB Footprint field.
If the Preview button is active, click it to preview the footprint.


Figure 42: The Footprint View

When you select the
preview button, the footprint will be open by the configured viewer.

Make sure that the footprint
viewer is configured else you will get the error message as shown in Figure 43.

Figure 43: The Error message when Footprint
Viewer Is Missing

configure the footprint viewer, follow the steps listed below:

SelectCIPfrom the menu bar
and selectSettings.

Figure 44: The CIP Menu

TheCIP Settingspopup window
appears, as shown in Figure 45:

Figure 45: The CIP Settings Window

You can
see that theFootprint Viewer Exefieldis highlighted.

Here, you need to specify the
path to theallegro_free_viewer.exefile,
available in the installation directory, as shown in Figure 46:

<SPB17.2 install
dir>\tools\bin\ allegro_free_viewerexe

Figure 46: The CIP Settings Window

Now, click theFootprint Previewbutton,
and you will be able to see the footprint of the part:

Figure 47: The Footprint Viewer

To return to the CIP part form, select  in the viewer. You will receive alerts if a
footprint viewer has not been configured, or if you do not have [Allegro
Footprint] configured in your Capture.ini file.

Figure 48: The Footprint viewer


Using the Temp Parts Tab

When you check the Temp Parts menu you can see all the
temporary parts that have been generated and added to the database, the
creation time, and the name of the person who generated them.

On clicking the part, the details of the Temp part can be viewed.

The list can also be sorted in the ascending or descending order by clicking
the column title.

You can preview the schematic symbol from the search results as well as place
it on the schematic if desired.

Figure 49: The Temp. Parts Tab

You can
also configure the display of properties when displaying each TMP part. This
can be done just by selecting the fields you want to see, then choosing Save to
store your preferences. Refer to Figure 50 and Figure 51.

Figure 50: The Temp Parts Configure Display

Figure 51: The Temp Parts
Configure Display Settings

of the “-Assign Next PN-” button

CIP can generate part numbers by
using the “Assign Next PN” button.

Incremental part numbers can be enabled and assigned in the Admin >
Configuration > Incremental Part Number menu.

Note: Once a part number has been
assigned to the part, the Librarian would then notify you that the part has
been updated, so that you can perform a Link Database Part operation in
CIS to update the part.

If a temporary part is deemed a duplicate of an existing part, it can be
assigned to the existing part number by using the Assign Part feature.

Once this happens, the Temp part is removed from CIS Database and it will
notify you that this part has been assigned to the part <Part Number>.

Figure 52: The TMP Part Information Window-
Assign to Part Button

Uploading the Bill of Materials (BOM) into CIP

menu item allows you to import CIS BOMs into CIP. There are two sub-menus
inside the BOM menu-



Figure 53: The BOM menu within CIP


in the BOM menu item allows you to view, create the BOM part numbers, and
import a parts list to associate with the BOM. BOMs can be modified, copied or
deleted once created.

BOM Creation

BOMs can be added by clicking on the New button from the BOM Information page. The New button is only available to users with the permission to add a new BOM.

Figure 54: A New BOM Creation

A new
blank BOM entry form will appear when you click the New button. The BOM information can be added from this page as well as a
formal company Part Number. The BOM Revision field is a required field. Click
the Add   button (same graphic as the New button from the previous figure) to
generate the new BOM with all the entered information.

Figure 55: Add a New BOM

The New
BOM results will appear in the drop-down list of parts in the top-right corner.

Figure 56: New BOM Results

Import Parts to BOM

A parts list may only be imported to a BOM number that has been
created. The BOM may be a Capture CIS BOM. In the BOM Items section,
select the Import Children, button to select the file
with the parts of your choice.

Figure 57: BOM Import

Browse to your BOM and select Upload. The selected BOM
must be in the .csv format
. All part numbers in the BOM must be in CIP
prior to import.

Figure 58: Upload BOM

After the BOM is uploaded, you will see the list of parts from
your BOM. You will need to map the Part_Number (PART_NUMBER) and Reference
designator (RefDes) fields. If the BOM you are importing contains a child BOM
(or a subassembly) that has been imported, you will also need to map Revision
and Variant. You may also map any field you wish to import.

Figure 59: BOM Items

Select the first row of your data and click the Check
button to validate the BOM. The validation ensures that part numbers in the
list are in CIP. You will not be able to import a BOM that has a part that is
not already in CIP. After the validation succeeds, you may import the BOM.

Figure 60: The BOM Import Check

After import, the BOM parts may be viewed with one of the three
options: single, delimited or compact.

Single - Each
reference designator is shown on a single line.

Delimited - Each
part number is shown on a single line where reference designators are shown
as a comma-separated list.

Compact - Each part number is shown on a single line where
reference designators are shown as ranges or comma-separated as applicable.

Figure 61: The BOM Items page-
Imported BOM

Part attributes (for example, the description, schematic part,
PCB footprint and so on) cannot be altered or added using the BOM import


delete a BOM, select the Delete button, of
the BOM you wish to delete.

Figure 62: Deleting BOM

part number and the associated parts list will be deleted from CIP.

Where Used

parts that are associated with multiple component part numbers will be
identified in the Where Used tab under the Manufacturer Data section of
the Part Information Page. The number of additional part numbers are shown
inside a blue circle. When you select the Where Used tab, the list of
part numbers will be displayed. If the manufacturer part is not associated with
any other part, the Where Used tab will not be displayed.

Figure 63: The Where Used Tab

Figure 64: The Where Used Parts Information

To view a BOM, select the link for
the BOM.

BOM Export

Export feature allows you to upload a CIS Bill of Materials (BOM) or any parts
list, add additional parametric data fields to it, and export the parts list to
a comma separated (.CSV) file. This includes the ability to add multiple
manufacturers that are linked to a single company part number.

BOM > Export to bring up export options.

Figure 65: The BOM Export Menu

You may
select either an existing BOM in CIP for export or can upload a BOM for export as
shown in Figure 66.

Figure 66: The BOM Export Page