SAN FRANCISCOEDA vendor Cadence Design Systems Inc. Wednesday (Nov. 12) expanded its ActiveParts online component data solution with a portal to offer pcb design teams greater access to component information.
Cadence (San Jose, Calif.) said it teamed with component search engine firm SupplyFrame Inc. to create the ActiveParts Portal, an online database that allows design engineers to find component information and directly incorporate symbols and data into the OrCAD Capture CIS and Allegro Design Entry CIS products.
Cadence also announced enhancements to the OrCAD Capture CIS and Allegro Design Entry CIS products, including a capability called context-aware non-linear graphic editing, a schematic editing technology for dense designs that provides a magnifying auto-zoom between focus points during editing operations. This auto-zoom capability increases productivity by magnifying the area under the cursor as the user moves within the canvas, Cadence said.
The latest OrCAD release, version 16.2, contains several other ease-of-use and productivity enhancements within the OrCAD Capture CIS and PSpice A/D products, Cadence said.
"Our goal is to help mutual customers make fast and accurate design decisions by providing critical information directly from the component manufacturer at the time it is needed," said Jeff Curie, vice president of marketing at SupplyFrame (Pasadena, Calif.), in a statement.
"This collaboration delivers the latest symbols, datasheets, specs and information on availability from thousands of manufacturers instantly from within the Cadence PCB design environment at no additional cost," Curie said.