This book provides instruction on how to use the OrCAD design suite to design and manufacture printed circuit boards. The book is written for both students and practicing engineers who need a quick tutorial on how to use the software and who need in-depth knowledge of the capabilities and limitations of the software package. There are two goals the book aims to reach: The primary goal is to show the reader how to design a PCB using OrCAD Capture and OrCAD Layout. Capture is used to build the schematic diagram of the circuit, and Layout is used to design the circuit board so that it can be manufactured. The secondary goal is to show the reader how to add PSpice simulation capabilities to the design, and how to develop custom schematic parts, footprints and PSpice models. Often times separate designs are produced for documentation, simulation and board fabrication. This book shows how to perform all three functions from the same schematic design. This approach saves time and money and ensures continuity between the design and the manufactured product.

Key Features

· Information is presented in the exact order a circuit and PCB are designed
· Straightforward, realistic examples present the how and why the designs work, providing a comprehensive toolset for understanding the OrCAD software
· Introduction to the IPC, JEDEC, and IEEE standards relating to PCB design
· Full-color interior and extensive illustrations allow readers to learn features of the product in the most realistic manner possible
· Access to companion website containing the OrCAD demo version and design files


PRIMARY: Electrical engineers; printed circuit board design engineers. These designers work in numerous industries, given how many devices incorporate PCBs. SECONDARY: Some possibility for upside in academic market, by working with the OrCAD var, EMA Design Automation.

Table of Contents

CHAPTER 1. INTRODUCTION TO CAD AND PCB FABRICATION COMPUTER AIDED DESIGN AND THE ORCAD DESIGN SUITE PRINTED CIRCUIT BOARD FABRICATION PCB cores and layer stack-up PCB fabrication process Photolithography and chemical etching Mechanical milling Layer registration FUNCTION OF ORCAD LAYOUT IN THE PCB DESIGN PROCESS DESIGN FILES CREATED BY LAYOUT Layout format files (.MAX) Post process (Gerber) files PCB assembly layers and files CHAPTER 2. INTRODUCTION TO THE PCB DESIGN FLOW BY EXAMPLE OVERVIEW OF THE DESIGN FLOW CREATING A CIRCUIT DESIGN WITH CAPTURE Starting a New Project Placing Parts Wiring (Connecting) the Parts Creating the Layout Netlist in Capture DESIGNING THE PCB WITH LAYOUT Starting Layout and Importing the Netlist Making a Board Outline Placing the Parts Autorouting the Board Manual Routing Clean-up Locking Traces Performing a Design Rule Check (DRC) Post Processing the Board Design for Manufacturing CHAPTER 3. PROJECT STRUCTURES AND THE LAYOUT TOOLSET PROJECT SETUP AND SCHEMATIC ENTRY DETAILS Capture Projects Explained Capture Part Libraries explained UNDERSTANDING THE LAYOUT ENVIRONMENT AND TOOLSET Board Technology Files The AutoECO Utility The Session Frame and Design Windows The Tool Bar Controlling the Autorouter Post Processing and Layer Details CHAPTER 4. INTRODUCTION TO INDUSTRY STANDARDS 85 INTRODUCTION TO THE STANDARDS ORGANIZATIONS Institute for Printed


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About the author

Kraig Mitzner

Affiliations and Expertise

Consultant, Silverdale, WA, USA


“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.” —Jeff Will, Valparaiso University