1. Overview

Parallel Systems has produced a simple tutorial to help new users get an understanding of the functionality of the OrCAD software for schematic entry, circuit simulation and PCB layout.

Whilst the Cadence OrCAD and Allegro tools are designed to solve the most complex of engineering challenges, those features will not be looked at in this tutorial. It is intended to cover the fundamentals

As a consequence, this tutorial has to fit within these requirements

  • it must be possible to complete with the free 30 day evaluation license https://www.orcad.com
  • it must cover the basics of OrCAD Capture, PSpice and PCB Editor
  • it must be simple enough for a new user
  • it must only take a couple of hours to complete
  • it must start from a blank schematic, simulate that circuit and end with a finished PCB design

We think we have succeeded, so please start here and work your way through.

Here is a picture of the completed circuit of the headphone amplifier example:

Completed Circuit

The circuit is shown prepared for simulation with PSpice and with the Header connectors for PCB Layout.

GET STARTED > "Entering the Schematic"

Note: This circuit and associated notes are provided for reference only without any assurance of practical application. Parallel Systems accepts no responsibility for the design, IP or physical products made from this design. It is intended for training purposes only.
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