Analog Design and Simulation using OrCAD Capture and PSpice


  • Dennis Fitzpatrick, Reader, Institute for Practice, Interdisciplinary Research and Enterprise (INSPIRE), University of West London, UK

Analog Design and Simulation using OrCAD Capture and PSpice provides step-by-step instructions on how to use the Cadence/OrCAD family of Electronic Design Automation software for analog design and simulation. Organized into 22 chapters, each with exercises at the end, it explains how to start Capture and set up the project type and libraries for PSpice simulation. It also covers the use of AC analysis to calculate the frequency and phase response of a circuit and DC analysis to calculate the circuits bias point over a range of values. The book describes a parametric sweep, which involves sweeping a parameter through a range of values, along with the use of Stimulus Editor to define transient analog and digital sources. It also examines the failure of simulations due to circuit errors and missing or incorrect parameters, and discusses the use of Monte Carlo analysis to estimate the response of a circuit when device model parameters are randomly varied between specified tolerance limits according to a specified statistical distribution. Other chapters focus on the use of worst-case analysis to identify the most critical components that will affect circuit performance, how to add and create PSpice models, and how the frequency-related signal and dispersion losses of transmission lines affect the signal integrity of high-speed signals via the transmission lines. Practitioners, researchers, and those interested in using the Cadence/OrCAD professional simulation software to design and analyze electronic circuits will find the information, methods, compounds, and experiments described in this book extremely useful.
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Professional electronics design engineers, advanced amateur electronics designers, electronic engineering students and professors looking for a book with a real-world design outlook.


Book information

  • Published: October 2011
  • Imprint: NEWNES
  • ISBN: 978-0-08-097095-0


"This book provides step-by-step guidance to using Capture and PSpice by providing a comprehensive user’s guide and detailed overview of the simulation methods…This book is highly recommended for anyone learning capture and PSpice modeling."--IEEE Electrical Insulation Magazine, July-August 2013
"This text is recommended for those who want to learn how to model electrical circuits because the reader will quickly learn about the core skills necessary to use this very popular software package and is well worth the price of the book…This book is highly recommended for anyone learning capture and PSpice modeling."--IEEE Electrical Insulation Magazine, July/August 2013
"…exceptionally easy to follow. It has clear explanations, lots of graphics showing the Capture and PSpice user interfaces, and detailed step-by-step instructions…this 300-page book covers a lot of ground! It also has something for just about everybody, novice and expert alike.", February 20, 2013
"This is a great introduction to a complex subject…", February 21, 2013
"In the EDA sector, there are a lot of books about research and new techniques, or how to learn and use new languages, but there are not many how-to, practical books that enable you to come up to speed with a tool. The book has divided the problem into many parts and each is tackled at a reasonable pace…This is a great introduction to a complex subject…I highly recommend it for anyone looking at this subject for the first time."

Table of Contents



Chapter 1 Getting Started

    1.1 Starting Capture

    1.2 Creating a PSpice Project

    1.3 Symbols and Parts

    1.4 Design Templates

    1.5 Summary

    1.6 Exercises

    1.7 Extra Library Work

Chapter 2 DC Bias Point Analysis

    2.1 Netlist Generation

    2.2 Displaying Bias Points

    2.3 Save Bias Point

    2.4 Load Bias Point

    2.5 Exercises

Chapter 3 DC Analysis

    3.1 DC Voltage Sweep

    3.2 Markers

    3.3 Exercises

Chapter 4 AC Analysis

    4.1 Simulation Parameters

    4.2 AC Markers

    4.3 Exercises

Chapter 5 Parametric Sweep

    5.1 Property Editor

    5.2 Exercises

Chapter 6 Stimulus Editor

    6.1 Stimulus Editor Transient Sources

¬†¬†¬†¬†6.2 User-generated Time‚ĒĀVoltage Waveforms

    6.3 Simulation Profiles

    6.4 Exercise

Chapter 7 Transient Analysis

    7.1 Simulation Settings

    7.2 Scheduling

    7.3 Check Points

¬†¬†¬†¬†7.4 Defining a Time‚ĒĀVoltage Stimulus using Text Files

    7.5 Exercises

Chapter 8 Convergence Problems and Error Messages

    8.1 Common Error Messages

    8.2 Establishing a Bias Point

    8.3 Convergence Issues

    8.4 Simulation Settings Options

    8.5 Exercises

Chapter 9 Transformers

    9.1 Linear Transformer

    9.2 Non-linear Transformer

    9.3 Predefined Transformers

    9.4 Exercises

Chapter 10 Monte Carlo Analysis

    10.1 Simulation Settings

    10.2 Adding Tolerance Values

    10.3 Exercises

Chapter 11 Worst Case Analysis

    11.1 Sensitivity Analysis

    11.2 Worst Case Analysis

    11.3 Adding Tolerances

    11.4 Collating Functions

    11.5 Exercise

Chapter 12 Performance Analysis

    12.1 Measurement Functions

    12.2 Measurement Definitions

    12.3 Exercises

Chapter 13 Analog Behavioral Models

    13.1 ABM devices

    13.2 Exercises

Chapter 14 Noise Analysis

    14.1 Noise Types

    14.2 Total Noise Contributions

    14.3 Running a Noise Analysis

    14.4 Noise Definitions

    14.5 Exercise

Chapter 15 Temperature Analysis

    15.1 Temperature Coefficients

    15.2 Running a Temperature Analysis

    15.3 Exercises

Chapter 16 Adding and Creating PSpice Models

    16.1 Capture Properties for a PSpice Part

    16.2 PSpice Model Definition

    16.3 Subcircuits

    16.4 Model Editor

    16.5 Exercises

Chapter 17 Transmission Lines

    17.1 Ideal Transmission Lines

    17.2 Lossy Transmission Lines

    17.3 Exercises

Chapter 18 Digital Simulation

    18.1 Digital Device Models

    18.2 Digital Circuits

    18.3 Digital Simulation Profile

    18.4 Displaying Digital Signals

    18.5 Exercises

Chapter 19 Mixed Simulation

    19.1 Exercises

Chapter 20 Creating Hierarchical Designs

    20.1 Hierarchical Ports and Off-page Connectors

    20.2 Hierarchical Blocks and Symbols

    20.3 Passing Parameters

    20.4 Hierarchical Netlist

    20.5 Exercises

Chapter 21 Magnetic Parts Editor

    21.1 Design Cycle

    21.2 Exercises

Chapter 22 Test Benches

    22.1 Selection of Test Bench Parts

    22.2 Unconnected Floating Nets

    22.3 Comparing and Updating Differences between the Master Design and Test Bench Designs

    22.4 Exercises