Beaverton, Ore.--Sept. 22, 1997--OrCAD (Beaverton) announced the availability of three new interfaces and two updated translators for its Windows NT-based OrCAD Capture, Express, and Layout printed circuit board (PCB) design software.
The IDF 2.0 interface works with 3D modeling software such as Parametric Technologies' Pro/ENGINEER and SDRC's I-DEAS Master and Artisan Series. The bidirectional interface communicates PCB outlines, floor planning information, component location, and component height. Using the interface, a board can be created in the mechanical system, sent to OrCAD Layout for initial placement, then sent back to the mechanical system where it is modeled and modified as necessary. Finally, the design is returned to OrCAD Layout, which performs a mechanical engineering change order (ECO), accepting the changes required by the modeling process.
There is pent-up demand to communicate true computer-aided design data into the computer-aided manufacturing world so that fabrication and test can be performed accurately and efficiently. OrCAD is responding to this industry need with a new IPC-D-356 interface that delivers the netlist information, component X-Y coordinates, reference designators, and pin numbers in an ASCII format to bare-board testers and other test and assembly tools.
To further address this issue of communicating accurate CAD data, OrCAD has developed a new GenCAD interface that delivers the entire PCB database in an ASCII form, suitable for common fabrication and test development software such as Mitron's CB/Test.
The updated PCAD schematic and board translators enable OrCAD's customers with legacy PCAD designs to easily move them to OrCAD's NT enterprise solution software while maintaining their design investment.
The interfaces and translators require the current 7.10 version of any of OrCAD's Capture, Express, or Layout software. All of these interfaces and translators are available at no cost to OrCAD customers with current maintenance agreements. These customers may download the software from OrCAD's Web site at http://www.orcad.com.
For customers without maintenance agreements, an extended support option can be purchased in North America through OrCAD DIRECT (800-671-9505); in Japan through OrCAD Japan, K.K. (firstname.lastname@example.org); and in the rest of the world through OrCAD's international resellers (email@example.com).
OrCAD's Professional Services Group provides comprehensive support for engineering groups standardizing on Windows NT for EDA. The group offers education, on-site training, process consulting, software implementation, and legacy data migration services. For more information, call 800-671-9505 or write to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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