OrCAD X accelerates PCB design using generative AI

Generative AI automation has been employed by Cadence Design System in the OrCAD X, cloud-enabled system design tool to reduce placement time from days to minutes, said the company.

It streamlines the system design process and empowers designers through cloud scalability and AI-powered placement automation technology, enabling up to 5X reduction in design turnaround time, said Cadence.

This next generation of OrCAD has “significantly higher productivity” enabled by cloud-connected capabilities, revealed Cadence. These include data management, collaborative layout design and a new layout environment optimised for small and medium businesses. The layout productivity improvements are based on the Cadence Allegro X platform, and provides backwards data compatibility with OrCAD and Allegro technologies.

Productivity is improved with real-time access to data management via the Cadence OnCloud Platform. Data storage and management through a cloud login enables a hybrid work environment across the desktop and the cloud, reducing infrastructure costs for the user, pointed out Cadence.

The OrCAD X’s has a new PCB layout canvas with cloud-based licensing options and the capability for dynamic creation of manufacturing documentation to provides a real-time view of fabrication throughout the design process.

Turnaround time is reduced, said Cadence with “significantly enriched” electrical constraints, performance improvements and integration with the broader Cadence system design and analysis portfolio. In addition, cloud-hosted collaboration allows multiple designers to work concurrently on the same layout design.

The OrCAD X platform can access automated placement through the Allegro X AI system, which reduces placement time from days to minutes, claimed the company. Users can simultaneously address signal integrity, power integrity and thermal design effects during placement, routing of critical signals and the generation of power planes.

The AI-based OrCAD X platform supports Cadence’s Intelligent System Design strategy, which enables customers to accelerate system innovation. 

The OrCAD X platform will be exhibited at the PCB West 2023 conference and exhibition, Santa Clara, California, USA, 19 to 22 September. 


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