Complete PCB Design Using OrCAD Capture and PCB Editor


  • Kraig Mitzner, Consultant, Silverdale, WA, USA

This book provides instruction on how to use the OrCAD design suite to design and manufacture printed circuit boards. The primary goal is to show the reader how to design a PCB using OrCAD Capture and OrCAD Editor. Capture is used to build the schematic diagram of the circuit, and Editor is used to design the circuit board so that it can be manufactured. The book is written for both students and practicing engineers who need in-depth instruction on how to use the software, and who need background knowledge of the PCB design process.
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Electronic design engineers, electronic design automation, circuit designers


Book information

  • Published: May 2009
  • Imprint: NEWNES
  • ISBN: 978-0-7506-8971-7


Reviews of 1st edition posted on I've found this book to be very helpful and exactly what I've been looking for. Kraig Mitzner has done a wonderful job of covering the full spectrum of printed circuit board fabrication. The content spans not only the OrCAD Layout software, but the physical process of PCB fabrication and advanced topics such as RF issues. Written by Jeff Will, Valparaiso University, and posted on It is an excellent book to introduce new users to OrCAD Capture and the OrCAD Layout SW packages. It does NOT cover OrCAD PCB Editor which is completely different from OrCAD Layout. (Layout has a very similar user interface to Capture while PCB Editor is based on Cadence Allegro PCB layout package) I have purchased several copies to use in assisting with training new CAD operators on PCB layout and Schematic capture in general. Written by David Bing, RF Engineer, and posted on This book is the first book I've read that has relevant up-to-date information on the current version of OrCAD. The book is well written and can be read cover-to-cover or used as a reference. I believe that this book will give a novice designer the information needed to create a circuit board using OrCAD and will give a veteran designer the specifics unique to OrCAD that will help to shorten the learning curve. Written by Brent Gingrich, Red Dot Electronics, and posted on This book is great if you've got little experience with OrCAD's Layout and Capture software. It's also a really good go-between if you've played with the software, but don't really want to sit down and read the lengthy technical user's guide for the software. Beyond that, it also gives answers questions about the how's and why's of circuit board design that may be difficult to find outside of working in the industry or taking a class directly. Many outside sources and industry standards are referenced for further information if you need it too. Written by O.Kho and posted on emails to author, from users of 1e: As I am new to PCB design, it was interesting and impressed me very much. Written by prasad77_17, and posted on Powell's Books website. In general I found it to be very informative for the CAD operator new to OrCAD as it gives enough of a historical perspective to help explain why we still use things such as negative planes. I have purchased several copies to give to my new employees that will be using OrCAD Capture. Keep up the good work. It is obvious that a LOT of time was put into this book, especially with the illustrations. An email from Dave Bing. you did a great job with this book and it is exactly what we have been looking for. Our department uses a combination of the student version for an Electronics Drafting course and the full version for our design project course. Much to our dismay the latest OrCAD version (15.7) that we currently have, has discontinued Layout and started packaging OrCAD PCB Designer. Do you plan on releasing a new edition to your book? An email from Mike Paup, Electronics Technology Dept. Chair, Instr. Hawkeye Community College.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction to PCB Design and Computer-Aided DesignChapter 2 Introduction to the PCB Design flow by exampleChapter 3 Project Structures and the PCB Editor Tool SetChapter 4 Introduction to Industry Standards Chapter 5 Introduction to Design for ManufactureChapter 6 PCB Design for signal integrityChapter 7 Making and Editing Capture PartsChapter 8 Making and editing footprintsChapter 9 PCB Design ExamplesChapter 10 Handling ErrorsChapter 11 Post processing and board fabricationChapter 12 Additional ToolsAppendices