Analog Design and Simulation using OrCAD Capture and PSpice - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780080970950, 9780080970967

Analog Design and Simulation using OrCAD Capture and PSpice

1st Edition

Authors: Dennis Fitzpatrick
eBook ISBN: 9780080970967
Paperback ISBN: 9780080970950
Imprint: Newnes
Published Date: 13th October 2011
Page Count: 344
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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.

Key Features

  • Provides both a comprehensive user guide, and a detailed overview of simulation
  • Each chapter has worked and ready to try sample designs and provides a wide range of to-do exercises
  • Core skills are developed using a running case study circuit
  • Covers Capture and PSpice together for the first time


Professional electronics design engineers, advanced amateur electronics designers, electronic engineering students and professors looking for a book with a real-world design outlook

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–Voltage 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–Voltage 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

Appendix. PSpice Measurement Definitions



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About the Author

Dennis Fitzpatrick

Dr Fitzpatrick is a Reader in Biomedical Engineering at The University of West London, where he also leads the Biomedical Engineering Research Group. He has a BEng degree in Electronic Engineering, a PhD in Bioengineering and is a Chartered Electronics Engineer and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

His primary research interest is in the use of Functional Electrical Simulation (FES) for the restoration of bladder function and restoration of gait in stroke and spinal cord injured patients. His research focuses on the design and development of implantable medical systems. His recent book 'Analogue Design and Simulation using OrCAD Capture and PSpice', also published by Elsevier, has sold worldwide to highly acclaimed reviews in numerous prestigious electronic engineering journals such as EDN and Electronic Times and is officially endorsed by Cadence Design Systems.

Affiliations and Expertise

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


"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 2013

"This is a great introduction to a complex subject…", February 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."